‘Dancing Cop’ speaks about police-community relations

The Dayton police officer that garnered attention for his dance moves at The Taste of Oregon event last June took to Facebook more than eight hours before the Dallas police shootings to deliver a message to those in the community. (Screenshot)
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The Dayton police officer that garnered attention for his dance moves at The Taste of Oregon event last June took to Facebook more than eight hours before the Dallas police shootings to deliver a message to those in the community. (Screenshot)

The Dayton police officer that garnered attention for his dance moves at The Taste of Oregon event last June took to Facebook more than eight hours before the Dallas police shootings to deliver a message to those in the community.

“I’m absolutely hurt and I’m disgusted by what’s going on in America today, especially when it comes to our citizens and law enforcement,” Jermar Rayford, a 24-year-old Dayton police officer said in the video. “I am here to protect and serve my community, but please don’t take that away because of what some others are doing.”

Rayford posted the video following the shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile.

His video follows a video posted by Warrensville Police officer Nakia Jones that has received national attention

Rayford is asking the community to join police and realize the “good” he says they are doing.

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“I wear clothes just like you. I bleed just like you. I have a home. I come to a family. I bleed just like you,” Rayford said. “How about thanking some of us. How about praying for us. How about you be a change and join the good.”