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Photos: Seattle Police Dept. films #LipSyncChallenge video

Police officers swarmed Seattle's Belltown neighborhood Tuesday, July 17, 2018, but it wasn't for an investigation - is was a parade. The Seattle Police Department took over the streets to film a lip sync video in the hopes of becoming the internet's next viral sensation. (Photo: KOMO News)

SEATTLE - Police officers swarmed Seattle's Belltown neighborhood Tuesday night, but it wasn't for an investigation - is was a parade.

The Seattle Police Department took over the streets to film a lip sync video in the hopes of becoming the internet's next viral sensation.

Law enforcement agencies all over the country have been competing against each other in the #LipSyncChallenge.

SPD was challenged by the Norfolk Police Department, and they accepted.

"Right now there's a lot of negative stuff out there and if we can bring a smile to a few people's faces that's all we want to do," said Seattle Police Det. Stephanie Palmer.

SPD officers chose the song "Downtown" by Seattle artists Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The original music video was shot in Spokane, so Seattle Police hoped to put their own hometown spin on the song.

They also invited people in the neighborhood to join in the parade.

"Nothing could be more exciting than being with the officers, having a great time, and a little police rivalry and it's been awesome," said interim police chief Carmen Best, who was nominated for chief by Mayor Jenny Durkan on Tuesday.

Seattle Police sent a big thank you via Twitter to the Belltown neighborhood. They also released photos from the video shoot.

SPD is asking anyone who got video of them filming to share those videos with them too.

No word yet on when the final video cut is expected to be released or which departments SPD will pass the challenge on to next.




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