Jokes Fly After Police Department Dance Team’s TV Performance

( – The people of New York City don’t agree on much, but a recent televised performance from the New York City Police Department’s Dance Team seems to have brought the people together to ridicule them.

On Thursday, February 15th, local New York station WPIX-TV aired a performance of the group dancing to Flo Rida’s “Club Can’t Handle Me,” and comments from viewers were not favorable.

According to Autumn-Rain Martinez, an officer in the 108th Queens precinct, who also serves as the dance team’s president, the group helps members “decompress” from the stress of their job through exercise and friendships formed within the group. Though the team currently only has female members, they are open to anyone employed through the NYPD, whether they are a civilian or an officer.

Comments on social media from people on all sides of the political spectrum panned the group and their performance. Some comments were shallow, such as suggesting the performance looked like “a weight watchers informercial.” Some comments referred to the level of talent of the dancers, saying things like “I guess knowing how to dance is not a requirement.” However, many other comments highlighted NYC’s high crime rate and the cuts made to the police in recent months, saying things like “I feel so safe now.”

Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat and former cop himself, forced cuts to the NYPD to pay for the recent surge in illegal immigrants in the city, which includes a hiring freeze and the loss of over 3,300 officers. Progressive darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who supports the “Defund the Police” movement, asked on social media “how many school music programs got defunded for this,” apparently not realizing that the NYPD budget has been slashed to support illegal immigrants or that the dance program is not funded by taxpayers.

Crime statistics released by the NYPD in January show a 6% increase in robbery, as well as an increase in crimes on the subway and other transit systems. Other government officials insist that major crimes like homicide, rape, and burglary are down overall, despite increases this year.

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