We thought it was a pretty safe bet that everyone — literally everyone — loved twerking. Turns out, not so much! Cops in Rochester, New York could be facing serious consequences after allowing a group of women to twerk on top of their police car. The incident was caught on video and disapproved of by law enforcement higher-ups.
Cops in the video didn't seem to have any problem watching the group of women bend over and bust it open atop their vehicle. The girls had apparently been turned away from a nearby nightclub due to their clothing choices, but they hoped to have some fun elsewhere. The officers were asked permission beforehand, and were willing to look the other way for a few seconds while the crew snapped some selfies - but they seemed surprised to see the girls climbing up on the hood of the car only moments later.
Rochester police chief Michael Ciminelli was not amused. "We, as leaders of the Department, hold the Rochester Police Department, its uniform and its symbols in the highest regard. We expect all our officers to do the same. Our professionalism, both on- and off-duty are a reflection of all police officers," he said in a statement. "Although the RPD personnel did not intend for this to occur, the result was an inappropriate and unacceptable image for the Rochester Police Department. This matter has already been addressed accordingly. I don't think it was targeted or out of disrespect, they just thought it was going to be funny if we do this. None of us found it funny."
Others, including Chris Barber — the guy who filmed the video — disagree with Ciminelli's statements: "The women asked the cops if they could dance by their car," said Barber. "The RPD officers were being respectful to the females who made a request."
Ralph Gagliano, a union rep, has come to the defense of the officers in question: "We're constantly being told it's important to interact with the public. It was appropriate how he reacted to the situation," he said. "His intention was to allow these girls to take a photo in front of the car. They decided to carry on and bring attention to themselves."
So much for police learning to de-escalate situations.
[Photo: Screenshot via YouTube]