LOGAN SQUARE — Since it posted on Twitter on Thursday, a video of three Shakespeare District police officers lip syncing their hearts out to “Bohemian Rhapsody” has delighted fans and earned the cops kudos in the viral #LipSyncBattle.
The 40-second video, which so far has more than 3,600 views, stars Officer Tracey Sroka in the front seat of a squad car, with Sgt. Adam Henkels and Officer Tom McNamara in the backseat.
The video was filmed on Thursday during a break at the Shakespeare District headquarters, 2150 N. California Ave. in Logan Square.
“It took us 5 takes and 20 minutes. Sitting in the backseat of squad car in 90-degrees weather was a little challenging,” Henkels said Friday.
The video was inspired by an officer in the neighboring Near West (12th) district, who heard about the nationwide #lipsyncbattle and challenged the social media savvy Shakespeare District, Henkels said.
“Tom [McNamara] picked up the challenge and had the epiphany and Tracey [Sroka] was the go-to person. He had been listening to Queen and it was something about the part, ‘we will not let you go, let him go’ that we thought would be perfect, with a prisoner in the back of the car,” Henkels said.
The lip sync battle, which can be tracked with hashtag #lipsyncbattle, started in Fort Worth, Texas in June with an officer lip syncing to Alanis Morissette’s “Ironic.” The challenge has quickly spread to police districts around the country.
Henkels said the response to the “Bohemian Rhapsody” video has been “very positive.”
The Shakespeare district, which covers Logan Square, Bucktown and Wicker Park along with some of Avondale and Humboldt Park, was an early adopter of social media and has more than 6,400 followers on Twitter.