Fresh on the heels of the South Carolina encounter between a school cop nicknamed “Officer Slam”and a female student whom he manhandled because she refused to put her cell phone away, comes this report of another confrontation between police and teens. But you probably didn’t hear about this one, which ended far differently.
On Monday, October 26, Washington D.C. police were called to break up a fight among two groups of teenagers in a city park. The Washington Post reports that a few minutes after the confrontation had ended, a female officer told the teens who were lingering in the area to move along. That’s when a a 17-year-old girl named Aaliyah Taylor approached the officer, and started playing “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” by Silent on her phone.
Did the officer slam the girl to the pavement, handcuff her, then later claim that she feared for her life? Did she pepper spray the girl? Did she turn a K-9 dog loose on her? No, this officer gave Ms. Taylor a beatdown of another sort, challenging the teen to a “dance-off.” The officer gave the teens a deal: if she won the dance-off, the kids would have to leave. If Taylor won, they could stay.
After a brief but intense competition, both Taylor and the officer, who said that she wanted to remain anonymous because she didn’t want the story to be about her, declared victory. The two hugged, and the teens dispersed.
Taylor, who told the Post that this was her first positive interaction with police officers, was impressed. Taylor said that she has never been arrested, but she has six sisters and a brother who have all been arrested for minor, non-violent offenses. She said,
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.
Indeed there are, plenty of them. Including this unidentified D.C. police officer who obviously has a much better understanding of how to deal with teenagers than does “Officer Slam.”
Here’s a little bit of fun for your weekend::
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