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Virginia Department's "Lip-Sync Challenge Video" "Wins the Internet"

July 11, 2018  | 

Screen grab of Norfolk (VA) police officers, dispatchers, call takers, and firefighters responding to the "lip-sync challenge" on Facebook. 
Screen grab of Norfolk (VA) police officers, dispatchers, call takers, and firefighters responding to the "lip-sync challenge" on Facebook. 

Norfolk (VA) police officers, dispatchers, call takers, and firefighters responded to the "lip-sync challenge" on Monday. They uploaded a video to Facebook after being called to the challenge by Corinth PD in Texas.

Norfolk Police Department spokesman William Pickering told the Virginia Pilot, that upon hearing of the gauntlet being thrown down to make a video of one or more officers pretending to sing a popular song, he said to his colleagues in the public information office, "All right, we know what we’ve got to do now."

Pickering approached Officer Christopher Taveras to be the lead in what would be a very involved video with no cuts, no edits.

The group performed "Uptown Funk" by Bruno Mars. By Tuesday afternoon the video had been viewed more than 15 million times and shared more than 460,000 times on Facebook.

Pickering says that he is most pleased with the reaction from his community as well as across the country.

He told the Pilot that one of his favorite comments has been, "You guys won the Internet."

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Greg Connor @ 8/8/2018 7:40 AM

Once again, a member of the "old school" has to speak out. I don't feel that happening the partnership of such great Americans like Bruno Mars and Tony Stewart have done anything positive for police professionalism. I too, believe in fun- off-duty!

Remember this silent majority that supposedly now sees the police in a whole different light, stayed silent when the whole body camera movement was pushed onto the "distrusted" police without anything more than advocacy groups and the media providing push. No research, no counter response, just our leadership rolling over and private corporations making a bundle.

Face it - the only reason the media grabs onto these videos is because embarrassment is newsworthy. Think of the likes of "funniest home videos" and "presidential bloopers", they are not meant to praise but rather to poke fun at somebody.

That kind of fun is not for me or for the occupation I represent. I don't see that as winning anything!

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