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The Rochester, New York Police Chief responded to the officer's actions by saying, ‘none of us found it funny.’

Mariya Moseley
Mar, 03, 2017

At a time when relations between law enforcement and the Black community have become increasingly tense, one police officer's nonchalant attitude towards women twerking on his squad car has him in hot water with the department.

On Saturday, a tweet was uploaded from bystander Chris Barber, who posted the video that displays several young women dancing on a Rochester Police patrol vehicle as an officer stands by with his arms crossed.On Saturday, a tweet was uploaded from bystander Chris Barber, who posted the video that displays several young women dancing on a Rochester Police patrol vehicle as an officer stands by with his arms crossed.

On Saturday, a tweet was uploaded from bystander Chris Barber, who posted the video that displays several young women dancing on a Rochester Police patrol vehicle as an officer stands by with his arms crossed.

"The women asked the cops if they could dance by their car," Barber told ABC 13 WHAM.

Reports state that apparently the women had just been denied entry to a nightclub for violating dress code as one of them was wearing sweat pants. After that, the women approached the parked squad car and began dancing.

Barber said that he recalls the officer responding to their request to dance on the car with 'I'm going to turn my back real quick,' which is kind of a way of saying not yes, but not saying no.’ Only then, he says that the girls began to dance.

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However, Rochester Police Chief Michael Ciminelli was not amused as he issued a statement saying, '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 continued.

Local police union rep Ralph Gagliano didn't see any harm in the officer's action and stated that "we're constantly being told it's important to interact with the public," according to Complex.

"It was appropriate how he reacted to the situation... 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," Gagliano continued.