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Dancing cop stops holiday traffic in Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Nothing says Christmas in Rhode Island’s largest city quite like the “dancing cop.”

Providence Police Officer Tony Lepore is as much a holiday tradition as anything else in the state that issued the first jail sentence for speeding more than 100 years ago.

Since 1984, he has entertained drivers, pedestrians and gawkers with dance moves in downtown Providence while directing traffic.

The 65-year-old Lepore says it’s been hard on his body but worth it. Residents and tourists alike agree he has become a Providence icon.