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Viral dancing cop sparks backlash

Officer Carl Pendleton becomes Internet sensation

NORMAN, Okla. – A police officer's recruitment video has gone viral, racking up more than 46,000 views, but not everyone is happy about it.

Officer Carl Pendleton of the Norman Police Department created a sensation by channeling his inner Disney princess by singing and dancing a song about joining the force.

However, a former police chief's wife wrote a letter saying in part, "I was totally embarrassed at this behavior and attitude toward the uniform he was wearing as he performed."

Pendleton disagrees, saying, "It doesn't take away from what we do every day. We have a very serious job. Because we have a very serious job you don't have to be serious all the time."

Pendleton says the video has helped in the recruiting process and the office has received calls from across the country.