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La Crosse County police recruit local celebrities for #LipSyncChallenge



Elvis used to sing ‘Everybody in the whole cell block was dancing to the jailhouse rock.’

This time, however, it was La Crosse County sheriff’s officers who were dancing and lip-syncing, getting in on the #LipSyncChallenge that’s spreading on social media.

A production company came to the county jail to make the video, with the cops playing themselves, and some well-known locals playing prisoners.

Some La Crosse celebrities dressed in jailhouse orange Monday and gathered at the county lockup to help the sheriff’s department film scenes for the video.

The prisoners for a day, from educators and government leaders to TV anchors and radio DJs, appeared to enjoy their jail experience — most of them, anyway.

“I mentioned, I got claustrophobia,” Mike Desmond with the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater La Crosse Area said. “So, when that door shuts, I start getting nervous. I start sweating. So, this isn’t a place I want to spend too much time.”

Chief Deputy Jeff Wolf says it was easy getting the celebrities to volunteer their time, along with the off-duty officers.

“We knew some that were a little more talented than others,” he said. “We called some on their days off. They all volunteered their time. Absolutely no time to any of the taxpayers for doing this.”

Judge Elliot Levine also is scheduled to make a cameo appearance, as himself, in the courtroom.

Desmond also talked about how these things help normalize police officers, something he sees important with youth.

“We’ve done this at the Boys and Girls Club,” he said. “We have police officers coming to the club all the time. And, again, it’s changing the whole image of what a police officer is. He’s not a bad guy. He’s trying to help people. The more we can do to create that image, the better we are as a community.”

Here’s the lip-sync challenge from the Olmstead County Sheriff’s Office.

Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office #LipSyncChallenge

#LipSyncChallenge!!! We’ve seen so many great lip sync challenge videos posted from law enforcement agencies across the country… we had to get in on the action! A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who helped make our video possible! Music credits: – Twist and Shout by The Beatles – Oh Yeah by Yello

Posted by Olmsted County Sheriff’s Office on Sunday, July 22, 2018

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Jack Schitt

    July 25, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    great video!

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