Another Cop Encounters Defiant Teen, and Brilliance Ensues

'Who knew community policing could involve the Nae Nae?'
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2015 3:01 PM CDT

If all conflicts could be solved through dance-offs, the world would be much less violent (and Channing Tatum would probably be president, or something). Thankfully it's a world we're one step closer to after a Washington, DC, police officer and Iraq War veteran was caught on camera defusing a situation with some local teens through the undeniable power of the Nae Nae, the Washington Post reports. After an unnamed officer broke up a fight between some teens and ordered the crowd to disperse Monday, 17-year-old Aaliyah Taylor instead started playing the song "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)" on her phone and dancing. The officer's reaction was a breath of fresh air, to say the least. "I started to dance and then the cop was like, 'I could do better,'" Taylor tells NBC Washington. "I was in shock."

Taylor shared the video of the ensuing dance-off on Facebook, where it's been viewed nearly 700,000 times as of this writing. She tells the Post all seven of her siblings have been roughly handcuffed or arrested in the past for nonviolent crimes. That's why she's usually afraid of cops, according to NBC. That changed Monday. “Instead of us fighting, she tried to turn it around and make it something fun,” Taylor says. “I never expected cops to be that cool." The Hill reports even Obama is a fan, with the president tweeting: "Who knew community policing could involve the Nae Nae? Great example of police having fun while keeping us safe." For her part, the officer tells the Post she's embarrassed the video is getting so much attention because it's the kind of good policing officers do every day. (More dance stories.)

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