A mannequin challenge filmed in Huntsville, Alabama, has attracted plenty of attention — much of it from law enforcement.
In November, a group of 22 men gathered together to partake in the viral challenge, but rather than striking a silly pose with a friend or pretending to chug from a bottle of wine, they decided to film themselves frozen with firearms in hand.
After the controversial video was submitted to the Madison County Sheriff’s office website, police launched an investigation that ended in two arrests, along with the seizure of several firearms and marijuana.
After at least 19 firearms were identified in the video, which was posted to Facebook on Nov. 9, the mannequin challenge raised a great deal of suspicion regarding licensing and permits.
The video below shows the challenge, and the men can clearly be seen pointing rifles at one another and “hiding” behind garbage cans and under cars as if to take cover from shots.
In a press conference on Tuesday morning, Capt. Mike Salomonsky addressed the actions that led to the investigation, along with the resulting charges.
He explained that an investigation was launched after seeing the men armed with various handguns and possible assault weapons. “Through their investigation, the Criminal Investigation/Narcotics Unit was able to obtain enough probably cause to get a search warrant for the address,” Salomonsky said.
Salomonsky explained that the Madison County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team, the City of Huntsville Police Department SWAT team and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were all present when the search was executed, and the items found were quite concerning.
In the search, two handguns, one assault rifle, a single-barrel shotgun, multiple packets of marijuana, a tactical vest, rounds of ammunition and multiple magazines were confiscated and displayed at the press conference.
A viral mannequin challenge & drugs sold at the same residential location-Really?? We’re going to protect our communities from guns & drugs.
— Madison Sheriff AL (@mcsosheriffAL) December 6, 2016
Salomonsky announced that 49-year-old Kenneth Fennell White was arrested on two charges — first degree possession of marijuana and being a felon in possession of a firearm. His bond was set at $30,000. Terry Brown, 23, was also arrested on charges of possession of drug paraphernalia, loitering and promoting prison contraband. His bail was set at $3,800.
Mashable reached out to the Madison County Sheriff’s Department for further comment.
Surprisingly, this is not the first time the mannequin challenge has made headlines in association with arrests in Alabama.
The video, captioned “Free us…..prison reform. …..#ALLlivesMATTER #GodLovesAll #ChaingangChallange Free My Family!!!! #share help this go viral,” led to an investigation surrounding cell phone possession
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