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LAPD cops do 'Running Man' viral video challenge, call out LA County Sheriffs to do their own

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LAPD officers do the "running man" viral video challenge.
Jilvee Abalos (via YouTube)

A group of Los Angeles Police Department cops dance across the city as part of the "running man" viral video challenge. They dance everywhere from the Dodger Stadium to Griffith Park near the Hollywood sign, as well as enlisting kids and some other non-cops in their grooves.

The dance videos set to the '90s hit "My Boo" by the Ghost Town DJ's started with a couple of high schoolers, reappropriating the name of a classic dance and giving it a modern spin. It's since been performed by everyone from Chris Brown to our own L.A. Dodgers.

It appears to have taken root in the police community when New Zealand officers made their own video and challenged other departments online, including calling out the LAPD, the NYPD and more:

New Zealand callout

Officers around the world answered the call with their own videos, including the NYPD — though the LAPD looks to have brought more Hollywood-level production values to their attempt, with smooth transitions and a more epic scope.

In the middle of the LAPD video, one officer calls on the L.A. County Sheriff's Department to jump on board the viral video train.

"This is for law enforcement, our families and communities around the world. Sheriffs, it's on you. We're calling you out!" the officer says.

No word on if the Sheriff's Department will take the baton, but we'll be watching social media for some tan outfits and sheriffs hats busting a move.

Unlike something like the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, this one isn't for charity, just dancing — though the kids who created the dance did get to appear on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and were given a check for $10,000. It's also given a boost to the Ghost Town DJ's — their song is charting higher on the Billboard Hot 100 during this craze than it did when it was originally released.

Watch the creators of the craze explain its origin to Ellen — TV's greatest evangelist of viral dance videos — along with the Maryland basketball players who popularized it:

Ellen explanation