Justice

More Cops Should Deal With Fighting Kids Like This Officer

October 28th 2015

By:
Alex Mierjeski

A Washington, D.C. police officer is making headlines for her unique method of breaking up a high school fight with a fierce, minutes-long dance-off—all captured on a bystander's cell phone earlier this week.

The police officer, whose name is not immediately known, is getting praise after engaging students in a positive way to shut down conflict at Ballou High School Monday afternoon. This happened just as the country is responding to viral video showing a South Carolina officer who was fired Wednesday after he grabbed a 15-year-old student, flipped her while she sat in her desk, and dragged her across a classroom floor.

So basically I was trynna get to this girl but the police told me to go home so we made this deal if i win u leave but if u win I step andddddd she step

Posted by Adore Liyah on Tuesday, October 27, 2015

According to the Washington Post and the student's Facebook page, the officer was attempting to tell two students to disperse and go home.

"So basically I was trynna get to this girl but the police told me to go home so we made this deal," the video's caption reads. "[I]f i win u leave but if u win i step andddddd she step." What escalated thereafter was an example of "Nae Nae"-tinged community-focused policing that provided a respite from the week's debased standard of police-student relations.

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"Instead of us fighting, she tried to turn it around and make it something fun," Aaliyah Taylor, the 17-year-old senior who dance-battled the as-yet unnamed cop told the Washington Post. "I never expected cops to be that cool."

"There are some good cops," Taylor added.

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Another well-known viral video

National attention was captured this week by disturbing viral video of one South Carolina school resource officer's take-down of a disruptive student in class. Since then, former South Carolina sheriff's deputy Ben Fields—who was seen in the video throwing a Spring Valley High School student to the ground while she sat in a desk, then dragging her across a classroom floor—was fired by his department Wednesday.

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Posted by ATTN: on Monday, October 26, 2015

Fields' case shone light on school resource officers broadly, a segment of law enforcement whose lack of education expertise and penchant to resort to tough crime tactics on students' indiscretions has caused concern among researchers and activists.

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