BANGOR – The Maine police officer, who turned into an internet celebrity after participating in “The Git Up” challenge, says he’s not letting his newfound fame get to his head.
East Millinocket Police Officer Eze VanBuckley went viral over the weekend when a video of him doing “The Git Up” challenge was posted on social media.
He told WVII/WFVX he started at the department less than two months ago and was telling an East Millinocket resident about how he loves to dance.
So when she and hundreds of other Facebook users dared him over social media to do the challenge, he couldn’t pass it up.
After posting the video, Officer VanBuckley told us he’s gotten positive reaction from people all over the country and the world.
He said participating in something like this shows that police officers are human.
“Law enforcement these days has become sort of an ‘us versus them’ thing, and that’s not what we’re here for,” said Officer VanBuckley.
“We’re here for public safety, and we can do it in a fun way and a respectful way, and I feel like this challenge shows that we’re not above anyone else. We are human like everyone else, and some of us humans are talented in dancing,” he said, “which is me.”
Officer VanBuckley also works part-time at the Bucksport Police Department.
He said he’d love to see other police departments in Maine take part in the challenge as well.
The challenge is based on the song “The Git Up” by country singer Blanco Brown, and has hundreds of people on social media showing off their moves.