Footage of a police officer with Black Lives Matters activists has stirred intense emotions among the nation once more (video below).
But this time, the emotion is that of hope.
A YouTube video (below) featuring a Wichita, Kansas, police officer dancing with Black Lives Matter activists on July 17 has touched the hearts of and inspired many, KSN reports.
“I hit the 'Whip and the Nae Nae,' I got some lessons on that,” police officer Aaron Moses, 25, jokingly said.
One woman watched the scene unfold and captured it on camera. Before anybody knew it, the 30-second clip went viral, receiving millions of views.
The officer was attending the First Steps Community Cookout at McAdams Park when he started dancing with Black Lives Matter activists to the “Cha Cha Slide.”
Moses explains he learned a lot at the cookout, such as why many minorities fear the police.
“I will never grow up and not know what it’s like to trust a police officer and I think once you realize that, it’s a pretty profound thing that affects the way you do everything,” he said to KSN.
“I will never know what it’s like to grow up in a minority community, but I can try my hardest to serve them the best I can,” Moses added.
He explained these lessons helped inspire his dance.
“If I need to dance a little goofy and do the “Cha Cha Slide” to help people see that I’m a real person that I do care and that I trust you, then that’s what I’m going to do,” he said. “Until we build an atmosphere of trust, care and compassion with the people we serve and those people accept that and trust in us, nothing is going to get better.”
Moses is not the first police officer capturing national attention for trying to build a positive relationship with Black Lives Matter activists, VICE reports.
Retired California Lieutenant Commander Diane Goldstein proclaimed to the public that she is both “pro-law enforcement and pro–Black Lives Matter.”
“I believe it's down to us, the members of the law enforcement profession, to start the reconciliation process—because we're the ones in the position of power,” she wrote in widely-shared piece.