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Ellen Degeneres-Inspired 'Dance Dare' Prankster Gets Thrown to the Ground by NYPD

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A young, dark-skinned man danced a little too close to an NYPD officer and paddy-wagon on Christmas Eve. He ended up swarmed by four officers, then throttled and thrown to the ground for his efforts.

In a video making the viral rounds, Alexander BOK, whose Youtube page describes him as

Dancing Fool
Youtube/Alexander BOK

"Your favorite prankster…ready to deliver the best pranks God ever seen coming straight from my heart to you ;)," informs the viewer that he is participating in one of the "Dance dares" Ellen Degeneres asked members of her audience to perform. The gist is you walk up behind a stranger, dance, and videotape it for the potential glory of having the clip appear on Ellen's daytime talk show. 

BOK decided to try this on a group of cops at a crosswalk in Midtown Manhattan mere days after 2 NYPD officers were assassinated. In the video, he can be seen approaching and stopping a few feet behind one officer standing in front of a police van.

In a span of 10 seconds, a pedestrian crossing the street bumps into him, seemingly annoyed by his presence as an obstacle but otherwise not paying attention. Then the officer in the driver's seat of the van gets out of the vehicle while the officer nearest to BOK turns around and aggressively confronts him asking, "What's wrong with you? What the fuck are you doing behind me? What are you dancing in the street for?" The officer grabs BOK by the shirt, pushes him against the van and searches him. After determining they have no cause to arrest him, an officer tosses BOK aside and he falls to the ground.

Watch below:

 

Despite the clickbait nature of a harmless dancing goofball being manhandled and assaulted by a group of heavily armed agents of the state, this video isn't as simple as it may seem. 

It is understandable that NYPD officers are on edge in the days after two of their own were ambushed by a deranged man who promised retribution for several recent killings of unarmed black men by police. Still, if the murder of two officers in three years is cause for the NYPD to act as if they're on a "wartime" footing, what would be the proper reaction for unarmed, law-abiding black men who encounter police in apartment buildings?

It is also reasonable to question whether these particular officers' reactions to BOK would be appreciably different had the killings of Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu not taken place, or if BOK were white or a woman. Ultimately, these officers were jumpy and reacted violently and aggressively to something that is unusual and perhaps overly familiar in a big city atmosphere, but a mere moment of consideration would have demonstrated was not a mortal threat. 

But BOK seems to want to have it both ways. He portrays himself as a pious, emoticon-using prankster so innocent he could have never imagined such an intense reaction from his prankees. Yet he is also an ambitious viral video performer with the motto "DREAM BIG LIVE BIG BECOME LEGEND" who edited the police run-in portion of his video with a grim piano theme evoking a hero's downfall. 

Yes, BOK has every right to try an "Ellen Dance Dare" any day of the year, even Christmas Eve in Midtown Manhattan, even days after the double police murder in Brooklyn, and not be treated like a potential assassin. Yet there is something insensitive and narcissistic about the video, almost as if the entire point of the video was to create buzz for BOK, rather than engage in political protest.

You can judge for yourself (and pad BOK's view count) by watching the "Full" video below:

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  1. I kept thinking you were talking about one of the guys who draws the friday whatsits and subjects themselves to the pitiless harangue of the commentariat.

  2. Acting like a rude ass is not a reason to rough someone up.Hell,there’s so many rude assh+++s in public they’d be very busy.Stand in line at a Star Bucks sometime.BTW,the guy’s a dick.

  3. It is understandable that NYPD officers are on edge in the days after two of their own were ambushed…

    Then stay home.

    1. They don’t want to burn their sick leave on Blue Flu until contract negotiating time.

  4. The police were pretty clearly wrong for roughing the guy up, regardless of whether or not he’s an asshat. People have rights or they don’t. The fact that he wasn’t using them for political protest at the time should be irrelevant. That said,

    It is also reasonable to question whether these particular officers’ reactions to BOK would be appreciably different…if BOK were white or a woman.

    is just silly. The NYPD is about 50% minority. And there’s no shortage of women on the police force. They responded like assholes because they were understandably, if unjustifiably, paranoid in light of the recent killings. They were going to freak out no matter who walked up behind them and started dancing.

    1. They responded like assholes because they were understandably, if unjustifiably, paranoid in light of the recent killings are assholes.

      ftfy

      1. To-may-to, To-mah-to

        It’s not really my point.

        This wasn’t racial. If a lily-white female investment banker went up behind them and did the same dance routine, they’d probably respond not much differently. And injecting race into it is just a side-show that winds up detracting from the real need for reform.

        1. Yep. Those manly officers have no qualms about throwing pregnant women face down onto the pavement.

        2. Race-baiting is a dead end. It’s the reason this whole “national discussion” is becoming so retarded on both sides.

          1. Well I’ve learned from a variety of “reputable” news sources that police brutality isn’t really police brutality unless the victim is “dark skinned”. How can the media possibly be wrong about that!?!?

            1. Principals, not principles.

  5. Whatever else you can say about the guy, Bok is harmless and devoid of malice.

    NYPD goons, not so much.

    1. Yeah,I doubt anyone would be scared of him.Being annoying is not a crime.Well ,maybe in NYC.

      1. Annoying a cop is most certainly a crime, punishable by a beating if you’re lucky and a bullet if you’re not.

  6. Bok? Is this a Friday Funny?

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  8. What’s the over/under on year end nut punches. I’m calling 4

  9. This is being taken way out of context. The officers involved were basically performing an intervention. They did what they did because they loved this dude. If it took a thrashing for him to realize how uniquely un-funny Ellen is, who wouldn’t want to be thrashed? The very fact that the thought the “dance dare” was funny was an indication of mental illness. I know if I were ever to think that Ellen had any redeeming qualities I would want someone to beat it out of me.

    1. Ellen Degeneres-inspired

      There’s your problem right there.

      1. Precisely.

        One should be decapitated for doing anything associated with that insidious, goofy gender-bender.

    2. Yeah, I would say the guy learned a valuable lesson. If you want to pull a lame prank on someone don’t choose a 300lb sadist with a chip on his shoulder and a pistol on his hip.

  10. almost as if the entire point of the video was to create buzz for BOK, rather than engage in political protest.

    DUH.

    Great music, though.

  11. Bro was a fucking asshole.

    I do not think I would have a good reaction to being surrounded by four fat pushing me against a van and calling me bro, and I am white and pretty.

  12. Eh, anyone that watches Degeneres deserves what they get.

    /maybesarc?

  13. Why does Ellen hate copz?

  14. I live in New Jersey. Right there is Exhibit 1 on why I NEVER visit NYC. And I would have to pay a $12 toll, search endlessly for parking, and pay higher prices for everything – all for the privilege of being among these people.

    1. Know why people in NYC are pissed off all the time?

      The light at the end of the tunnel is NJ.

      1. Those NY refugees are what keeps the NJ economy moving.

  15. Wait, I’m glad they didn’t arrest him, but given that they didn’t, where’s the justification for pushing him around and throwing him on the street?

    I mean, they can justify violence as being used to bring someone into court to answer criminal charges, but if they couldn’t find any charges to bring, they can’t just…well, I guess they did.

    1. Thanks, NYPD, for forcing me to sympathize with a retarded spaz prankster.

      1. And thanks for reminding everyone that you are violent, impulsive crybullies.

      2. A dark skinned retarded spaz prankster to be exact.

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  17. A young, dark-skinned man danced a little too close to an NYPD officer and paddy-wagon on Christmas Eve. He ended up swarmed by four officers, then throttled and thrown to the ground for his efforts.

    It can’t just be “A young man danced…” you have to add in “dark skinned” so that it becomes newsworthy. This sends the message that cop thuggery isn’t bad unless you can construe a racist element. I forget, is this nbc.com?

    1. And he wasn’t dark skinned, just not lily white.

  18. “almost as if the entire point of the video was to create buzz for BOK, rather than engage in political protest”
    Well….DUH!

  19. “almost as if the entire point of the video was to create buzz for BOK, rather than engage in political protest.”

    WELL I NEVER!?! This is unthinkable. Who would dare suspect that millenial ‘activists’ are more concerned with getting some popular clips for social media rather than engaging in any kind of coherent political activity?? No one is THAT shallow and narcissistic.

  20. There’s at least one cop who should be looking for a new job today. He should need this new job to pay the judgement in the civil suit the dancing man should have filed by now.

  21. Excessive mirth is a crime in NYC.

    1. Well, what have they got to be mirthful about?

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  24. This is typical of the bad apple cop. It seems there must be a bunch of them on the NYPD. The cop that got out of the van saw the guy was dancing. If any of them were doing their job they should have noticed the person shooting the video. These cops are jerks and have just demonstrated to you why they are dangerous. The one cop is like, “F’in this and a hole that.” then physically assaults an innocent man for the high crime of demonstrating mirth on Christmas Eve. I’m all for backing the police but, we need to weed out these kinds of bad apples who make the rest of them look bad. These morons are like Barney Fife with an attitude and propensity to issue a beat down. We need more Tayloring, less Fifing.

  25. This is typical of the bad apple cop. It seems there must be a bunch of them on the NYPD. The cop that got out of the van saw the guy was dancing. If any of them were doing their job they should have noticed the person shooting the video. These cops are jerks and have just demonstrated to you why they are dangerous. The one cop is like, “F’in this and a hole that.” then physically assaults an innocent man for the high crime of demonstrating mirth on Christmas Eve. I’m all for backing the police but, we need to weed out these kinds of bad apples who make the rest of them look bad. These morons are like Barney Fife with an attitude and propensity to issue a beat down. We need more Tayloring, less Fifing.

  26. After determining they have no cause to arrest him, an officer tosses BOK aside and he falls to the ground (in a flop worthy of an NBA pro) What an ass – don’t bait cops, they have no sense of humor.

  27. I didn’t watch the video as the premiss sounded idiotically adolescent. I guess that qualifies me as having no sense of humor.

  28. Wow, all these liberal brainwashed posts. I am in the wrong place on this site. I (if I were the police) would have called the paramedics to come with a straitjacket to take the crazy guy to a psychiatric ward for observation

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