WATCH: The Philadelphia Police Do the Running Man Challenge
The Philadelphia Police Department recently released a Running Man video, and it’s really, truly fabulous.
In case you somehow missed it, the #RunningManChallenge refers to a string of viral videos originally started by two high schoolers and adopted by a group of University of Maryland basketball players who recorded their own dance and posted it to Instagram. Many NBA players have since posted videos of themselves dancing to “My Boo” by Ghost Town DJ’s, the soundtrack of the Running Man Challenge.
The PPD’s video was directed by Jeff Chrusch of the PPD’s public affairs office and written by Chrusch and Sgt. Eric Gripp, the PPD’s social media man and meme expert who’s known for his outrageous and nerdy tweets, which sometimes reference Drake or Kanye West.
We were not sure if the PPD would respond after the Detroit Police Department called them out on Facebook about three weeks ago by posting its own version of the Running Man Challenge. But the PPD replied, and the result (which obviously took a lot of time and effort) is better than expected.
The video features officers grooving in their wood-paneled offices, on the Art Museum steps, and even in the Delaware River, equipped with diving gear. In some shots, they’re planking on desk chairs.
Police Commissioner Richard Ross, Lt. John Stanford, Chrusch and Gripp are all featured, among many, many more, including Mayor Jim Kenney.
While the dancers that the PPD collaborated with toward the end of the video are undoubtedly more skilled than the officers themselves, it’s still pretty amusing to watch the PPD bust a move.
A number of athletes have joined in on the Running Man Challenge since it became popular months ago, including Villanova Wildcat Kris Jenkins, who scored the 3-pointer against North Carolina that won Villanova the 2016 NCAA championship title.
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