RICHMOND -- So you think Richmond police officers can dance?
Well, it was a party Saturday at Richmond's Juneteenth Festival and the city's police officers in attendance did not want to be left out.
Attendee Angel Entes was enjoying the music by his friend DJ O Aces when a group of Richmond police officers working the event at Nicholl Park started dancing. At first, Entes said the group would start and stop, but finally a pair of officers went all out for the line dance hit "The Wobble."
"That's when I grabbed my cell phone and started to video them doing 'The Wobble,' " Entes said in an e-mail. "I was impressed (with) how they were also interacting with the community. My hat off to RPD!!!"
Officer Andrew Barbara, who works as a school resource officer, starts and ends the dance, while patrol Sgt. Eddie Russell joins him for a portion of the dance, said a proud Richmond police Cmdr. Mark Gagan.
"I was really happy to see our officers body language and how they were acting, and just how approachable they are," Gagan said. "That really helps with the community in the city of Richmond."
Gagan said the rank and file really get a chance to let their hair down with the community on the first Tuesday in August on National Night Out when they have barbecues, music and parties with community members.
And let this be an official challenge to all the other Bay Area police departments. Think you can beat this dance? Send us a video at email@example.com.
Contact Matthias Gafni at 925-952-5026. Follow him at Twitter.com/mgafni.