Abilene police decline law enforcement lip sync challenge to investigate violent crime


The Abilene Police Department is declining to take part in the law enforcement lip sync challenge that has gone viral.

Law enforcement agencies around Texas have shot video of officers lip syncing a popular song and then challenge one or more other departments to do the same.

Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said Monday that his department will be not participating.

“We are currently investigating three homicides, in addition to countless other serious crimes that continue to come in every day,” said Standridge. “If we say yes to lip-sync'ing, then we say no to more pressing matters.”

At least one Big Country police department accepted the challenge. Colorado City police posted a video this weekend of three officers lip syncing “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey.

Standridge said he was tagged in “countless” requests over the weekend.

“I greatly value their contribution to community engagement, but I do not believe your department has enough discretionary time to accomplish this task,” said Standridge.

On top of being busy investigating violent crime, Standridge said -- because of his competitive nature -- he would end up “allocating a ton of people and resources” to produce a video “that would smoke all others!”

The video done by Officer Brad Perez of the Fort Worth Police Department would be tough to "smoke."

For his parody of Alanis Morissette's "Ironic," Perez plays four versions of himself like Morissette did in her original video.

“Singing, then, will have to wait for the shower!” said Standridge.

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