President Obama has praised a police officer in Washington for defusing a confrontation between teenagers by challenging one of them to a dance-off. The incident occured on Monday (26 October) when two groups of youths were caught up in a brawl and a crowd had gathered at the scene.
The policewoman asked the crowd to disperse when a 17-year-old girl confronted her as she danced to the track Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae). The officer told the teenager, named Aailya Taylor, that she had better moves and challenged her to a dance-off, on the condition that if the officer won, the girls and her friends would leave.
Showing off her best moves, the officer managed to out-dance Aaliyah in the contest that lasted for several minutes. Once the teenager gave up, admitting defeat, the pair hugged and the group dispersed as promised.
Who knew community policing could involve the Nae Nae? Great example of police having fun while keeping us safe: https://t.co/ZGeTDm6OYw
— President Obama (@POTUS) October 29, 2015
Aaliyah later told TMZ: "No one was worried about the argument anymore. The neighborhood was getting crowded...the attention was on us. Everyone was just looking at us. It was a good experience. Instead of us fighting, she tried to turn it around and make it something fun. I never expected cops to be that cool. There are some good cops," she added.
The video caught the eye of POTUS who tweeted: "Who knew community policing could involve the Nae Nae? Great example of police having fun while keeping us safe."
Taylor posted a video of the incident on Facebook. The video has since gone viral, with more than 4,000 Facebook shares in two days.
The incident was in stark contrast to a situation in McKinney when a police officer was filmed pinning a 14-year-old girl in a bikini to the ground at a pool party. David Casebolt was suspended after he was videoed pointing a gun at children and brutally manhandling a young black girl, after responding to a disturbance at the Craig Ranch North Community Pool on 5 June.