Saturday 3 December 2016

Gardaí do 'mannequin challenge' to raise awareness for important cause

Cian Murray

Published 17/11/2016 | 20:54

Pic via Facebook
Pic via Facebook

Gardaí at Dublin's Store Street Station took on the mannequin challenge today to help raise awareness for victims of domestic abuse.

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The Mannequin Challenge is a viral video craze featuring people imitating mannequins and freezing for the camera while music playing in the background.

Many people are sharing videos on social media using the hashtag #MannequinChallenge.

This version was made in a working station, with several members of the public helping Gardaí give their own take on the viral video craze.

The end of the video shows a man in a cell with the words "ASSAULT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE" written on the door.

The video then cuts to a message stating "A closed door shouldn't hide domestic violence.

"Don't be silent. Report Domestic Violence. Call 122 or 999."

It's been viewed more than 66,000 times and the gardai have responded to the comments with good humour.

One person suggested they should have drafted some more gardai in for the video but they fired back with a hilarious reply.

They said: "Thanks for feedback, we were raising awareness and did not seek garda on other duties to get involved.

"We had 2 prisoners in the station at the time and this delayed the recording and arresting gardai were dealing with them .

"1 of the prisioners wanted to be in the video but we were not sure he would recall giving his consent in the morning. 3 members of the public kindly stood for a few minutes to one side to facilitate the video.

"It is a working station so credit to all concerned for taking the time to facilitate this video."

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