There’s been another confrontation on the mean streets of Washington, D.C., between a police officer and the public.
Aaliyah Taylor writes on her Facebook page that she was about to have a fight with a girl when the police pulled up.
Warning: This video might be too difficult for some people to watch. There’s no music. (See video on Facebook)
The officer challenged Taylor to a dance-off; loser had to leave.
“Instead of us fighting, she tried to turn it around and make it something fun,” Taylor said.
The Washington Post reached the officer who didn’t want to be identified and said she’s embarrassed by the attention the video has received.
For Taylor, she said the dance-off marked her first positive interaction with police officers in her neighborhood. She has six sisters and one brother and, according to Taylor, all have 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.
Those experiences, Taylor said, had shaped her perception of police officers.
“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.”