In spite of the controversy, heightening around police brutality; as well as the recent tragic loss of a Texas woman , Sandra Bland , who was taken into police custody and found dead in her holding cell, one police officer changed the dynamic on July 4th and is getting a round of applause.
A video of Sgt.Alan Eddins has been going around for the past few weeks, sharing in some delighted fun, doing the Nae Nae dance with a group of kids in a Texas neighborhood.
Sgt. Eddins of The Ennis Police Department was originally on duty searching for a wanted suspect in the near by area. As Eddins was making his rounds to look for the target, he drove by a home where children were having fun and dancing. Once Sgt. Eddins couldn’t find who he was looking for, he quickly returned to where the children were.
I just stopped to chat with them and see what’s going on,” Eddins said in an interview with WFAA-TV. “They invited me to come out and do that (dance) and I reluctantly agreed.”
The children’s mother, Shanitra Robinson, recorded a video on her cell phone and posted it on facebook. “I guess all EPD ain’t bad look at officer Eddings out with the kids doing the nae nae,” Robinson says on her Facebook account. The video shows Sgt. Eddins dancing with the children to the song ‘Watch Me (Whip/ Nae Nae) ‘ by rap artist Silento.
The video quickly generated shares on various social media sites, receiving more than 2,000 shares and 100,000 views. All of the viewers have commended Sgt. Eddins has received commemorable remarks and was even featured on WFAA8 news for an interview.
And although some people may not change their opinions on all cops, it certainly may waken some eyes on not judging a book by its cover.