WASHINGTON D.C. — A video of a teenager having a dance off with a D.C. police officer has gone viral.
Two groups of teenagers were reportedly fighting before the cops showed up. Officers broke up the fights and told participants and bystanders alike to go home.
That’s when 17-year-old Aaliyah Taylor walked up to one of the officers and started dancing to Silento’s “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” as the song played on her phone.
Taylor said the officer laughed and challenged her to a dance-off.
The deal: If the officer won the dance battle, everyone would have to go home. If Taylor won, they could stay.
So the whipping and Nae Nae-ing commenced…The officer refusing to let 40 pounds of equipment weigh her down as she gave Aaliyah a run for her money.
“Instead of us fighting, she tried to turn it around and make it something fun,” Taylor said. “I never expected cops to be that cool. There are some good cops.”
After a couple minutes of gettin’ down, Taylor and the officer both declared themselves the winner, hugged, and everyone left the scene.
“I mostly hold my head down when I dance, so I didn’t really see her,” Taylor said. “But when I looked at the video after, I was like ‘Oh, she has some moves.’”
The officer said she didn’t want to be named because she didn’t want to make the story about her, according to The Washington Post.
“It’s kind of embarrassing that this became so big,” she said. “This is what we do everyday.”
Aaliyah said this was her first positive experience with police.
She has six sisters and one brother and, according to Aaliyah, they have all been arrested or detained for non-violent offenses like breaking curfew. Taylor, who said she’s never been arrested, recalls her siblings saying that the officers acted unnecessarily rude and rough during their arrests.
But the dance-off has changed her perspective.
“I thought all cops were cruel because that’s how I saw them,” Taylor said. “I’ve now seen there are good cops out there.”