Sergeant Todd Burnside, a Carrolton, Texas police officer, was responding to a noise complaint when he came across David Opegbemi and his groomsmen.
In a parking lot, the men were practicing a dance that Opegbemi was going to surprise his wife-to-be with, set to "My Girl" by the Temptations.
It was all captured on Sergeant Burnside's body cam.
In the video above, Sergeant Burnside can be heard approaching the men and asking,
How's it going, guys? Y'all having like a party or something?
Opegbemi then informs the officer that they're practicing a dance routine. Sergeant Burnside asked if they're a group, to which the groom replied,
Yeah, we're all a group. It's my wedding.
Then, Sergeant Burnside was lucky enough to get to see the groomsmen perform.
When the officer first approached us, we were a little nervous, but we knew we were doing nothing wrong. After a short explanation of the situation, things became great between us and the respect displayed on both sides was an awesome feeling. The officer was super cool and kind.
After Sergeant Burnside shared the video on Facebook, he was surprised by the amount of support he received. He said,
This is what you should expect from officers throughout the country. When you just deal with each other as people, this is how people act. It's weird having this viewed so much because, to me, this is everyday life. This is what you should expect.
Opegbemi is excited that the video is going viral. He added,
It sends a positive message to the world that one: black men don't always need to be perceived as someone dangerous. We are doctors, lawyers, accountants, business owners, and educators in our communities. Two: we all can coexist respectfully and safely in this country. All black men aren't criminals and all cops aren't killers of black men.
Tiera, his bride, was incredibly moved by the group's dance. She had a smile the entire time. Opegbemi added,
With everything going on in this world, let's continue to have hope and love one another. We are all brothers and sisters at the end of the day. Positive vibes only.