A Washington, D.C., police officer challenged a teenage girl to a dance-off, holding her own as the two did the "Nae Nae" dance.
A female officer arrived to break up a fight in a park on K Street SW Monday afternoon when she saw 17-year-old Aaliya Taylor dancing to the popular Silentó song "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)," Aaliya said. The girl said she usually fears officers and was surprised by what the officer said.
"As I'm stepping off, I started to dance and then the cop was like, 'I could do better,' and I was like, 'OK, you want to challenge me?'" the senior at Ballou High School said. "I was in shock."
The officer – whom the Metropolitan Police Department declined to name – matched the girl step for step as onlookers laughed and cheered.
Aaliya said the encounter changed how she thinks about police.
"She gave me a hug and she was like, 'What's your name?' and she was smiling," Aaliya said. "I was like, 'Oh yeah, we need more cops like you.'"
The teen later posted a video of the dance-off on Facebook, where it's been viewed more than 279,000 times in less than 24 hours.
D.C. police confirmed to the Washington Post that the officer in the video is with their department.
"DC has innovative ways to keep our community #saferstrongerDC," Mayor Muriel Bowser tweeted Wednesday afternoon. "A @dcpolicedept officer even did the 'Nae Nae.'"