Police departments around the country are daring one another to participate in a social media phenomenon called the #LipSyncChallenge.
The Norfolk Sherrif’s Office in Virginia is one of the many police departments to join in. Their nearly 5-minute video begins with Flo Rida’s “My House” then goes to a courtroom dance off that includes a mash-up of “Billie Jean” and The Sugarhill Gang’s “Apache.” The video concludes with several officers participating in Drake’s “In My Feelings” Challenge, yet another trend taking over social media.
Norfolk police said they’ve had nothing but positive feedback since releasing the video.
“There’s this kind of perception that we might be like robots; that we’re so matter-of-fact all the time, and the truth is we’re no different than everyone else,” Norfolk Police Department Corporal William Pickering Jr. told WTKR.
“We have community members already, our residents coming up to us as we walk down the street asking us if we were in the video and they get to share their comments with us.”
The station reported that many police departments threw their hats into the ring after the Norfolk Police Department’s rendition of Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk” went viral in early July, garnering more than 72 million views.
For instance, the Columbus Police Department in Indiana elicited the help of NASCAR legend Tony Stewart for their Lip Sync Challenge. In it, officers pull over a speeding Stewart before breaking into a medley including hits by Britney Spears, Vanilla Ice, and Journey, to name a few.
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