It had been an ordinary day at the sheriff’s office for Tony Scherb, and as a police deputy, he often felt pressure at work. Scherb had, however, found a way to let off steam in the elevator. But when he stepped into his usual elevator on this particular day, he had no idea that someone was filming his de-stress routine.
El Paso County is in the state of Colorado. Approximately 500,000 people live in the area, and the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office is responsible for keeping them all safe. However, that’s not to say that its cops can’t let their hair down every now and then.
In 2016 one of the department’s longest serving officers was Deputy Tony Scherb. Over the course of his 29-year career, he’d served with the traffic unit and the transport and court departments. But now, he was about to take his retirement.
Thanks to his hard work, Scherb was a highly valued member of the sheriff’s office. In fact, many of his fellow colleagues looked up to him. “Tony earned the reputation from his peers and supervisors as being highly professional and exceptionally knowledgeable,” a post on the department’s Facebook page stated.
Around the same time Scherb was retiring, the elevators at the Sheriff’s Office had been malfunctioning. As a result, a team of technicians placed a surveillance camera in one of them to see what was going on. However, no one could have guessed what the camera would pick up.
As the camera rolled, Scherb walked into the elevator in question. Seemingly unaware that a camera was filming, he checked his phone before securing it in his pocket. At this point, there was nothing out of the ordinary about the scene.
But, at that precise moment, music began to play in the elevator. Surprisingly, the song was Silento’s 2015 hit “Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)” – and things were about to become even stranger.
As the music got going, Scherb threw his arms above his head and began busting a series of extraordinary moves. He also appeared to know every single word of the song. So he convincingly lip-synced along to Silento’s rapping as he cracked out the “whip/nae nae.”
But just as Scherb was getting into the swing of things, another police officer entered the elevator. At first, Deputy Reed just looked at her colleague uneasily. However, it seemed his enthusiasm was contagious.
Because, after a little while, Reed couldn’t help but join in with the dancing. Together with Scherb, she shimmied around the elevator. Then, the pair executed one of the song’s signature moves – the “stanky leg” – like true professionals.
However, the party came to an abrupt end when the cops’ boss, Chief Deputy Evans, entered the elevator. At this point, both Scherb and Reed stood completely still, with their backs upright against the wall. Scherb even threw Evans a salute in honor of his senior rank.
But the moment that Evans stepped out of the elevator, the dancing resumed. Then, as Scherb and Reed were gyrating away, a third officer joined them, and she quickly got into the swing of things too. The three of them soon synchronized their moves as they rocked back and forth to do the “superman.”
There was still room for one more person to join the action, though. And that’s when Sheriff Bill Elder entered the lift. Momentarily, the three cops stopped, apparently anxious about their boss’ reaction. However, when the Sheriff busted out his own moves, the rest immediately followed suit.
The epic two-and-a-half-minute clip finished with the four cops jigging merrily together. Following the delightful skit, then, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office decided to post the clip to its Facebook page. It thought the video was a fitting tribute to Scherb’s dedication to public service.
But no one expected the clip to go viral. Still, since the sheriff’s office posted the clip on social media in January 2016, seven million people have viewed it. Many praised the cops involved for showing a more human side to law enforcement too.
“I’ve watched this about 30 times and it is absolutely hilarious,” one viewer wrote on Facebook in 2016. “It is nice to see officers having fun as their jobs are so stressful. I worked for a Sheriff’s Dept. in WV for many years and we never had a sheriff that enjoyed cutting up a little with his employees.”
“We just thought, ‘Hey, let’s do something fun to celebrate his retirement,’” Jacqueline Kirby, media relations manager from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, told Today in 2016. “In the end, the response was way more overwhelming than we thought it’d be, especially for a law enforcement agency.”
And the video certainly had the intended effect. “What we hope people see is that even though officers serve and protect as their main duty, they are human,” Kirby explained. “They can have fun. And that’s what we did.”
And it seems that Deputy Scherb was in on the joke the entire time. “Tony is probably one of the most hilarious, nicest deputies I’ve ever met,” Kirby revealed. “He’s had a stellar, stellar career and he’s going to be greatly missed. Just a quality person and a quality deputy.”
Following his famous elevator antics, Scherb retired. It’s safe to say, then, that his big personality will be missed all around the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. However, while he may now be gone, thanks to his whip/nae nae, he certainly won’t be forgotten.
But cops all over the country have occasionally acted in ways that you might not expect from those who wear blue badges. For instance, while driving to an interview, Chy-Niece Thacker got pulled over by a policeman. And when Thacker reached for her ID, the officer stopped her. Instead, he told her to pop the trunk. Not fully understanding what was happening, Thacker reached for her phone and started taking photos. But all the while, the patrolman had no idea that he was being watched.
Far too often in recent months and years, encounters with police officers have gone viral for the wrong reasons. In some cases, members of the public have found themselves looking down the barrel of a cop’s gun. And in a few instances, in fact, the outcome has been a heartbreaking one.
For many, however, the best they can hope for when they’re pulled over by a cop is perhaps a stern talking-to or a ticket. So when Chy-Niece Thacker had an encounter with a police officer in 2017, she didn’t know what to expect. Nonetheless, she remained calm as the incident unfolded.
Thacker is from Richmond, Virginia. She studies psychology at the Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and has spent some of her life volunteering. Yes, the student has performed various voluntary roles at both the Tuckahoe Family YMCA and the Trinity Village Child Development Center.
So not only has Thacker been studying hard for five years, but she contributes selflessly to the local community. Indeed, it would appear that she is an upstanding citizen by anyone’s standards. There would be no obvious reason, then, why she would get pulled over by the cops.
However, that’s exactly what happened on the morning of September 1, 2017. Thacker was on her way to an interview when suddenly she saw a cop car in her rearview mirror. The officer at the wheel signaled to Thacker to pull over, and being a dutiful citizen, she was fully compliant.
Not knowing why she had been pulled over, though, Thacker instinctively reached for her license and registration. But as the cop came nearer, he made it clear that he didn’t want to see any documentation. In similar scenarios, it’s at this point that things have gone wrong for some citizens. But how would Thacker’s story play out?
Well, the cop then said to Thacker, “Don’t worry about pulling anything out. I just want you to know that your brake lights are out.” It was certainly a surprise to Thacker, not least because she had only recently gotten her car serviced. In fact, as part of the work carried out on Thacker’s car, the lights had only just been fixed after a previous blowout.
Indeed, Thacker explained in a Facebook post, “So I’m immediately upset, because I just got them replaced, like, last month. So I explained to him how Firestone wants to charge me $600 just to run a test on the wiring of the car.” That’s a lot of money for anyone, never mind a student and volunteer worker.
Not that the cop had any idea who Thacker was, what she was doing or where she was going, though. All he knew was the situation in front of him, which was two busted tail lights. After Thacker was done explaining her predicament, however, he shot her an odd look.
And it was then that he asked Thacker to pop the trunk. Whether she was concerned about the officer based on what gets reported on the news is unclear. But Thacker, still sitting in the vehicle at this point, did as she was asked. She didn’t want any trouble, after all.
The officer then began to check over the trunk. As Thacker told the story on Facebook, “He checked the lights in the trunk and tapped them, but they didn’t come on. So he told me to pop the hood.”
Subsequently, the cop began to rummage under the hood. Next, he walked back to the driver’s side door and asked Thacker to step out of the vehicle. And then the cop started inspecting something inside the car. It was around this point that Thacker began taking photos. What was the officer doing? What was he looking for?
The officer who had pulled Thacker over was named only as Officer Jenkins of the Henrico County Police. And it just so happened that Jenkins had a background in mechanics. So, when Thacker told him about her woes with her tail lights, he switched from officer to repairman.
Indeed, the only thing Jenkins was looking for in the trunk and under the hood was a way in which he could help. When he tapped the rear lights and they didn’t come on, his mechanic instincts told him to check the relay box under the hood. And when that didn’t work, he checked the one inside the vehicle.
With the problem seemingly fixed, then, Thacker was able to continue safely on her way to her interview. And it was all thanks to an officer who respects his role as one to protect and serve members of the community. What’s more, it’s a sentiment that was praised by Thacker’s friends in response to her Facebook post.
And it seems that Jenkins has previous good deeds to his name, too. You see, one poster on Facebook wrote, “I’ve had a run-in with Officer Jenkins as well! He did the same for me when I had a tail light out. He gives VA cops a good name.” Another added, “I’m glad you safe babygirl cause it could’ve went a different route. Good cops.”
And Thacker herself acknowledged, “He could’ve easily given me a ticket, but Officer Jenkins stepped out of officer role and into mechanic role to make sure I was straight.” In a later interview with WTVR CBS 6, in fact, she recalled Officer Jenkins having said, “I don’t want anyone slamming into the back of you.”
Thacker’s praise for Officer Jenkins’ work didn’t go unnoticed, either. Just two days later, Henrico County’s Police Department caught what the grateful young woman had said about their officer. And they soon shared their own mutual appreciation in a post on Facebook.
Yes, Henrico County Police wrote, “Thank you Chy-Niece Thacker for sharing this about one of our officers. We are so proud of our officers, especially when we see citizens share things like this. Above and beyond the call of duty, Officer Jenkins. Service to our community is what it’s all about.”