A Daphne police officer was caught on camera busting some moves Friday night and it’s gotten a lot of attention. It happened during the Night to Shine event at City Hope Church. School Resource Officer, Clinton Riley got caught up in the excitement and his dancing feet took over. Since the video was posted by a spectator and shared by the police department, it’s been viewed nearly 20,000 times.
Officer Riley said he’s a bit reserved and on the shy side, but you couldn’t tell that by the video. He volunteered at the last minute to work the event. A Night to Shine is sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation to offer special needs students a prom of their own.
“One of our other SROs sent me an email, asking me to do it. I said, ‘Count me in.’ I have an autistic brother so it was something that meant something special to me and so I got there and I was completely blown away,” Riley said. “They had the red carpet. They had lights dangled up where they would walk under. They had music blaring, a dance crew dancing there to kind of pump them up for their own prom.”
Everyone was having so much fun at the dance that when Whip Nay Nay started to play, Officer Riley jumped right in and joined the action. Some in the crowd started filming him putting on the moves and it wasn’t long before it was posted to social media and shared again and again.
“We just kept watching it and it’s like, ’Ooh, it’s at one thousand views. I wonder if it will get to two thousand?” It went from two thousand to three thousand. It was just kind of shocking,” Riley recalled.
Officer Riley has only been assigned to W. J. Carroll School since January and said he loves it. Word had spread around school about his Friday night dance by Monday, February 11, 2019, but not everyone had seen it.
Riley and the Fox 10 News camera paid a visit to the school’s special needs class where everyone there got to see their officer in action on the projection screen. They were so excited that it sparked an impromptu dance-off between Riley and one of the students. Even though he’s only been at the school for a month, he’s already made quite an impression.
“I thought it was absolutely phenomenal,” said 5th grade teacher, Angela Morris. “He has truly been a Godsend to our school this year and our students love having him here.”
That was evident by all the high-fives Officer Riley was getting in the hallways from the kids and props from the teachers. Just another great example of one of our officers putting his best foot forward, backward, to the side or whatever it takes to be the best they can be.