“The purpose of dancing and the purpose of actually coming together to claim space was to have a moment of joy in this time of pain.”

When armed officers from a California sheriff’s department took to the streets of Santa Monica on Sunday, Jo’Artis “Big Mijo” Ratti krumped.

He twisted his body in exaggerated movements in an expressive dance form Ratti says is based around “feeling and emotion.” The dance style, krumping, was created in Los Angeles in the 2000s. Ratti, 35, says he uses it as a peaceful way to protest instead of looting and vandalizing — something he said he used to do.

The video went viral on Twitter with nearly 5 million views since Monday.

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