Viral Video Shows Nebraska Police Join Protesters in 'Cupid Shuffle' Dance

While protests following the death of George Floyd continue across the country, a group of police officers and community leaders in Lincoln, Nebraska, have come together to launch the "Hold Cops Accountable" (HCA) initiative.

The launch of the new program was marked with a mass "Cupid Shuffle" dance outside the Malone community center, joined by several Lincoln police officers and members of the community.

The scene was captured by Lincoln's KOLN-TV 10/11 News reporter Ellis Wiltsey in a video that has received nearly 6,000 "Likes" on Twitter and has been retweeted at least 1,500 times.

The video was shared by KOLN-TV 10/11 News anchor Bill Schammert, who described it as "Quite a sight happening in Lincoln tonight" on his official Twitter account.

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"This video symbolizes hope, IMO, which is something a lot of people need right now," he added.

The HCA initiative will see town hall meetings held every month, where members of the community can publicly voice any "displeasure, compliments, complaints, concerns or commendations concerning the Lincoln Police Department," according to the HCA agreement of the initiative shared by Schammert on Twitter.

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"Although the HCA will not investigate complaints or misconduct, the HCA will provide any person who communicates a concern or misconduct the opportunity to file a formal complaint with the Lincoln Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit or the Citizen's Police Advisory Board," the agreement notes.

The first HCA meeting is scheduled for June 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. local time, Schammert reports.

The video was praised by several users on Twitter who welcomed the positive initiative.

"Hope this sticks. It would be a great example to set for the country," wrote @AceClubs22KING.

"One might say a step in the right direction," wrote @Phillyun.

"I've never seen anyone angry AND dance at the same time. Great idea," wrote @DawnWhatinthe.

"This shows how special Lincoln is Nebraska too. We can deal with tough times and rise up stronger quickly and come up with resolutions and TOGETHER rejoin our community as one community again wanting to be better and more compassionate for one another. DAY BY DAY. Lincoln strong," wrote @AllYallsDaddy23.

Some Twitter users were more skeptical and expressed concern over the risk of infection among the crowd amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

"When everyone forgot about social distancing and the pandemic. The next 2 weeks should be interesting around here," wrote @Liquidretro.

"Wonderful, i guess the pandemic is over now. Also if police could stop dancing and start stopping the riots that would be much better," wrote @AtaruHansome.

"Nah, spare me the propoganda. We not dancing it out. Our ppl have struggled too damn long to "walk it out" after a couple of days," wrote @Kennithjames_.

"Any gesture like this to show solidairty with the people or whatever is empty and shallow. Wanna show the people you stand with them. walk away from the badge and gun until accountability exists in your chosen profession," wrote @RaabDisaster.

The latest video in Nebraska isn't the first scene of dancing and singing amid the ongoing protests.

Members of the community in Minneapolis, where Floyd died, were also seen dancing together in a video shared Thursday by NBC News reporter Shaquille Brewster on his official Twitter account.

"The scene tonight in South Minneapolis. I'd be lying if I said this didn't warm my heart," he wrote in the post.

In another video, protesters in Washington, D.C. were captured singing along to the Bill Withers classic "Lean On Me," led by a man with a microphone at the center of the crowd.

"FULL ON CONCERT!!! He just sang "Lean On Me" and the entire crowd had their lights up and was singing along. The focus is no longer on the cops and is on the community now. This is PEACEFUL!!," said user @benyboi, who shared the video.

"Someone brought an amp and has begun a mini concert in the middle of the crowd. Claims he is a street performer who has face racial profiling. #WashingtonDCProtest," the user added.

The crowd was also seen dancing to a rendition of a song by Michael Jackson.

"And they have began dancing!!! SPREAD THIS!!! These are peaceful protests in DC!! @KENNY_SWAY's rendition of "Man in the Mirror" #washingtondcprotest #blacklivesmatter @PoPville @wusa9 @DMVBlackLives," wrote @benyboi.

Demonstrations continue across the nation after the death of Floyd, who died shortly after being pinned to the ground with a knee on his neck during an arrest by the Minneapolis Police Department.

Curfews have been issued in several cities, while the National Guard has been deployed in 15 states and Washington, D.C. in a bid to help manage the protests.

Washington DC, George Floyd protest, June 2020
A demonstrator raises her arms as she dances while protesting near a barricade on a street leading to the front of the White House during protests over the death of George Floyd on June 3, 2020, in Washington, D.C. Getty Images
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