Police officers across the country are putting their lip-syncing skills to the test these days, challenging each other to try and top THAT.
Norfolk, Virginia, “danced and grooved” to “Uptown Funk,” said a report from LoHud.com, and they promptly challenged Yorktown, Ossining and Suffern officers.
“It’s time to step up,” they declared.
Departments have used the Backstreet Boys and Miley Cyrus, the report said.
From News10 came the report of a challenge to the North Adams and Pittsfield departments.
Now officers in Crandall, Texas, have set a new standard, with their lip-syncing of “God’s Not Dead” by the Newsboys.
Steven Okin, vice president of home entertainment for Pure Flix Entertainment, wrote to his “Friends at Crandall Police Department”: “What you did is one of the reasons we do what we do. I’m sorry to say we can’t offer anyone a movie deal at this particular time, but your enthusiasm for God’s Not Dead brought smiles to our faces here at Pure Flix.”
The officers said, when they posted the video that already has gotten almost 5 million views: “Due to NUMEROUS requests from our Citizens. … Here it is!!! The Crandall Police Department’s Lip Sync Challenge. What an awesome way to create conversations and relationships with the community. Have fun in life, keep safe and be humble.”
The officers then challenged the Kaufman County Criminal District Attorney Investigators and the Wilbarger County Sheriff’s Office.
They also gave a “shout out” to videographer Jared Phelps for his help.
However, some were infuriated.
They charged the music video, because of the lyrics, was unconstitutional.
“The Supreme Court has long held that the Establishment Clause ‘mandates government neutrality between religion and religion, and between religion and nonreligion,'” FFRF Associate Counsel Sam Grover said in a statement. “The Crandall Police Department’s video conveys a message to non-Christians that they are not ‘favored members of the community.'”
The letter said the First Amendment prohibits “even the appearance of religious endorsement.”
FFRF told the department to take down its video.
See the video:
The critics found few friends on the comment section of the page.
“I’m bawling my eyes out … First lip sync with a Christian song. I think this is, by far, my favorite Police Lip Sync!!!!” wrote Claudia Holmes.
“Awesome song, awesome video, awesome LEOs! Did not disappoint!” said Chris Carter.
Residents of the town were enthused, with Colie Richelle commenting: “My daughter and I were just watching several of the videos tonight.We were excited to see our officers participating and we loved the song choice.”
“Well done, officers, well done!!” said Jamie Meadows.
The movie “God’s Not Dead” and its sequels, “God’s Not Dead 2” and “God’s Not Dead: A Light in Darkness,” show people in times of crisis and how they cope.
The song, by the Newsboys, has been a megahit.