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Lip-sync videos of singing cops become social media sensation

CBS News logo CBS News 7/13/2018 Tony Dokoupil

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The latest police videos going viral don't feature scenes of confrontation -- only the sounds of harmony. 

The history of Texas law enforcement doesn't include much soft rock or old-school soul or club music or "Flashdance" performances. But at a time when viral police videos tend to mean controversy, officers in Texas have created a very different social media sensation -- racking up millions of views with a "lip-sync battle" that's gone national.   

Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy Alexander Mena kicked off the challenge last month with a simple video, never expecting it would lead to full-scale productions.

In the past month, dozens of police departments have answered the Lone Star State, creating a kind of cop-pool karaoke that includes officers in Kentucky, California and, unforgettably, Norfolk, Virginia. 

Norfolk's one-take rendition of "Uptown Funk" has nearly 30 million views.

a person wearing a military uniform: boston-cops-carpool-karaoke-2018-07-11.png © Provided by BPD Media Relations boston-cops-carpool-karaoke-2018-07-11.png Georgia police department joins viral lip sync battle with "Uptown Funk"

Officers from Owasso, Oklahoma posted a "Wayne's World" spoof, while the Dallas police went country. But ultimately, it's the message that matters: Behind every badge, there's a person, probably not so different from you.

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