The gauntlet – actually a donut – has been thrown, with Detroit’s Chief of Police calling on the Chicago Police Department to take on the Running Man Challenge. But CPD says they’re not putting on their dancing shoes quite yet.
Detroit Police Chief James Craig issued the challenge to cops in New York, Cincinnati, Philadelphia and Chicago at the end of a viral video by his own department. Set to Ghost Town DJ’s 1996 song “My Boo,” the video of uniformed officers dancing around the Motor City amassed over 6.5 million views by Thursday afternoon.
Cincinnati accepted the challenge, but CPD isn’t rushing to strut its stuff.
“After seeing the fancy footwork of our friends in Detroit, we were certainly impressed, but we have some work to do to dust off our dancing shoes,” CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Tribune.
Initially posted by two teens, the #RunningManChallenge caught on in college basketball locker rooms and exploded throughout social media from there.
Police departments in New York and Los Angeles caught on to the trend but Detroit’s effort raises the bar in the number of uniformed officers and quality of dance moves.
Chief Craig told the Detroit News the video is meant to promote recruiting and increase community engagement.
“This is really about the image of the city and the department. When people see that we’re human, they’re more willing to talk to us,” Craig said during a media event Tuesday.
With CPD facing criticism in the wake of the Laquan McDonald shooting, not to mention an increase in the violence, their noncommittal response isn’t surprising.
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