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Cop looking into noise complaint finds groomsmen practicing wedding dance

These guys were playing music from a car stereo, but they weren't exactly being a nuisance.
/ Source: TODAY

When cops in Carrollton, Texas, received an urgent noise complaint last month, they weren't sure what to expect.

"It was a nasty one," police spokeswoman Jolene DeVito told TODAY about the call. "They were pretty sure these guys were up to no good."

Sgt. Todd Burnside, a 19-year police veteran in the Dallas-area town, went to take a look — and, well, it was exactly the opposite.

It wasn't a group of hell-raisers — it was a group of groomsmen practicing a choreographed dance for a friend's wedding.

After enjoying a sneak peek of the routine, set to The Temptations' classic "My Girl," Burnside shared a laugh with the guys, issued a gentle reminder to keep it down and returned to the station.

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For kicks, he sent the body cam footage to DeVito, who forgot about it until stumbling upon the email last week.

"As soon as I saw it, I thought, I’d love for other people to see a positive ending for a change," she said of the footage from Sept. 22.

She posted the footage to the department's Facebook page, where it quickly found its way around the local community — and back to the groom, David Opegbemi, who shared a clip from the wedding itself.

The original video now has over 178,000 views on YouTube.

DeVito isn't surprised the moment connected with people.

"When both sides show each other respect and give each other the benefit of the doubt, usually good things are gonna happen," she said. "We’re just grateful we captured this one on camera so we can share it with everybody."

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She also thought it could serve as a useful training tool for younger officers.

"[It's helpful] to see Sgt. Burnside and how he behaves," DeVito said. "You don't have to be Mr. Tough Guy ... it's good to treat people like people."