WATCH: Police officer challenges Connecticut man to dance battle

Still frame from NBC News video

CONNECTICUT – A police officer who challenged a Connecticut man to a dance battle Saturday says he’s out to change lives. New Britain Police officer Matt Sulek was on duty at a car show when Tyler Johnson’s dance moves inspired him to join in.

Sulek stunned the crowd with what he could do. Sulek wants to show young people they don’t have to be afraid of police officers, he says.

Johnson teaches dance when he’s not on duty with the National Guard. He thinks the dancing cop shows how policing should be done. “He came over and he’s like, ‘Wanna have a dance battle?’ And I was, ‘Yeah, no problem.’ You know he was really nonchalant about it, very chill guy,” Johnson said.

“I was stunned too by his moves. What he did was phenomenal too. I had to show him some type of move to show him what I was capable of,” Sulek explained. “By doing stuff like this, this is how you can change a life. This is how you can get into their lives and maybe make them better, show them what they’re capable of.”

Johnson says he has another video that’s drawn 300,000 views on the internet. Sulek hopes this video can beat that. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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