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'Dancing Deputies' hit of DNC security

Posted September 6, 2012

— The "Dancing Deputies" are all the rage of an Uptown Charlotte intersection, lightening the often stern mood of the extensive security during the Democratic National Convention.

The deputies with the Clayton County Sheriff's Office in northeast Georgia are part of a large contingent of law enforcement officers from around the country working the convention. These officers are also working it for the crowd.

"We look down on this intersection from the 32nd floor every day," Pam Mabry said, "We love (the deputies). It's awesome."

"I love it. I love it. I love it," said Taylor Davis, an Indiana native and Queens College student. "I love how he's getting into it and everything. It's perfect."

'Dancing Deputies' put fun into DNC security 'Dancing Deputies' put fun into DNC security

Deputy Michael Johnson said the dance moves were just a spontaneous thing that the group thought up after their first day on the job.

"We were bored sitting around, doing traffic Monday, and we thought, 'Let's go have some fun with it,'" Johnson said,

The road show has become a moment to remember during the tightly scripted convention.

"If I was driving over here, I'd be, like, 'What the heck is he doing?'" Charlotte resident Brenne Forst said. "I just forgot that this was the DNC."

"I'm late for work. This is great," Jose Colón said. "They bring a smile to everybody in Charlotte."


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  • Duke _Nukem Sep 7, 2012

    How about acting like professionals? Hard to respect someone in an authority position acting like that. And what if someone gets into a accident watching these clowns or misinterprets his football signal and causes a wreck. Fun over, time to explain acting like a clown and not doing your job properly.

  • computer trainer Sep 7, 2012

    Loved the comment from the broadcaster about not seeing this at the RNC. Maybe someone should remind her that the RNC was in Tampa which was soaked by Hurricane Isaac. What a silly comparison to make. Think before you speak!

  • gallbury Sep 6, 2012

    Why not show up wearing a fezz and no pants; that's what most "clowns" wear. I'm sorry; it's hard to have any respect for law enforcement officers who would rather be extras in "Saturday Night Fever" than maintaining traffic control, unless, of course, you're John Travolta, if that be the case, then by all means, keep on "Stayin' Alive."

  • lessismore Sep 6, 2012

    Now this is news...the DNC security is the hit of their campaign....funny. I would think free condoms would be first, followed by Obama's speech. But, not so....security dancers are the hit...

  • Nancy Sep 6, 2012

    There used to be a police officer in downtown Pittsburgh that was phenomenal, directing traffic during rush hour every day and you didn't want to leave the intersection for watching him :)

    Unfortunately, it was long before video cameras and you tube.

  • KermitDFrog Sep 6, 2012

    I can't imagine that directing traffic is one of those "choice assignments". The fact that they're having fun with it is great.

  • TeresaBee Sep 6, 2012

    Here is the video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CrpeVvvDL14&feature=youtu.be

  • Been there once Sep 6, 2012

    Ah come on Hans. Lighten up!

  • Hans Sep 6, 2012

    More proof that there are far, far too many LEOs in this country.