In recent months, police officers have been increasingly under scrutiny all across the U.S., but this video footage is refreshingly positive. Residents in Ennis, Texas posted a video to Facebook of a police officer caught on camera enjoying a brief moment with some neighborhood children.
On July 4, police Sgt. Alan Eddins was patrolling an Ennis neighborhood in search of a warrant suspect when he encountered a small dance party going on in the front yard of some residents. After being unable to locate the suspect, Eddins returned to where all the fun was going on and joined in.
Ennis resident Shanitra Robinson took a video of the encounter and posted it to her
I guess all EPD ain't bad look at officer Eddings out with the kids doing the nae nae
Posted by Shanitra Mrsflockaflame Robinson on Saturday, July 4, 2015
Eddins is shown in the video being instructed by the kids on how to do several dances including the "Nae Nae", "Whip" and "Stanky Leg". Just when you think the video couldn't get any cuter, at the 1:56 mark, a baby runs into the frame and starts dancing too.
In an interview with WFAA 8, Eddins said, "With all the negative press that police have gotten lately it's just a good thing to get out and interact with the community." The residents seemed to think it was a good thing as well, laughing heartily and shaking hands with the officer at the end of the video.
Eddins went on to tell WFAA 8 of the experience:
"I'm first and foremost a Christ follower. Christ is number one in my life and in the bible Paul tells us to be all things to all people and so in this sense I decided to get out and have a good time with the kids. Even though I'm in uniform it doesn't mean I'm not human, it doesn't mean that I don't care about people, it means that my job is to get out and interact and make somebody's life better."