Lehi officer becomes Facebook star
LEHI — A Lehi police officer has become something of a Facebook star after a video he posted in response to a national police department lip-sync challenge has gone viral.
The lip-sync challenge began in Texas in June when the Bexar County Sheriff's Office posted a video of Deputy Alexander Mena lip-syncing to "Fuiste Mala" by the Kumbia Kings. At press time Mena's video had just over 1.5 million views.
With 1,890,904 views at press time, Officer Bryson Lystrup's video posted on Facebook July 11, has left Mena's video in the dust. On top of that, KSL has picked up on the story and shared his post, garnering an additional 3 million views so far.
Lystrup said he made the video in response to a challenge to him by his former colleagues at Pleasant Grove Police Department (he has been a Lehi officer for just three months).
Lystrup has had something of a reputation since a 2015 video of him shaking his moves at a local 7-Eleven went viral.
As Lystrup tells it, he knew the store's management well since he would go there every day to get a drink. One day as he entered the story which was completely empty of customers he was humming "Whip/Nae Nae" by rapper Silentó. The store clerk commented that there was a dance to the song. Lystrup said he knew it and demonstrated it to the clerk. Later, the clerk showed a fellow officer Lystrup caught on the store's surveillance camera doing the dance. The officer subsequently posted a copy of the video and a Facebook star was born.
As someone who never backs away from a challenge and loves to have fun, Lystrup was ready to take on the latest challenge from his former Pleasant Grove co-workers but decided to do something a little bit different.
After getting permission from the police chief, he and his wife Lisa sat down and in about an hour came up with a list of 10 songs that he could use. Filming the video which contains 10 songs and 10 segments took a couple more days. Lisa was the camerawoman and even sons Cohen, 4 and Aiden, 2 got in on the act with cameo performances.
"I think I'm lucky," Lystrup said of the success of the video. "I'm not doing it for the fame but to have some fun and to humanize the badge, to bring some positive publicity to law enforcement in the midst of all the negativity we have out there."
While he loves to have fun, law enforcement is scenting Lystrup takes very seriously. Before joining the Lehi Police Department, in the Pleasant Grove PD, he served as a Special Victim's Unit detective. He plans to make law enforcement his lifetime career.
"It means so much to me when I can actually make a difference," he said. "When I can bring justice to victims, especially children, that outweighs all the negativity."
Lystrup's video can be seen at https://youtu.be/spwkbQATHGA or on the Lehi PD Facebook page.
Lystrup has challenged his fellow officers at Pleasant Grove PD to beat out his video. So far the Internet is silent in response.
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