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'Trigger Happy' Video Parodies Baltimore City Police Department's 'Happy'

The viral 'Happy' video got a new spin from a Baltimore media outlet.

Police pin teenage girl near the Inner Harbor on April 19, 2014. (Submitted Photo)
Police pin teenage girl near the Inner Harbor on April 19, 2014. (Submitted Photo)
The Baltimore City Police Department released a YouTube video recently to celebrate its 50,000th follower on Twitter, set to the tune of Pharrell Williams' "Happy."

The following week, City Paper made its own version of the police video, entitled "Trigger Happy."

On Monday morning, the video was on the front page of Upworthy, with the headline "When a Police Department Cheered a Twitter Milestone, They Clearly Weren't Expecting This Response."

According to Upworthy, the City Paper video was "a courteous reminder" to police since "they have a pretty serious image problem, and the video wasn't enough to make people forget."

At the time of the Baltimore City Police Department's June 30 release of "Happy," the department was under scrutiny after an officer slit a dog's throat and another shot a steer in the course of a week. Also in June, two families filed multimillion-dollar lawsuits against city police alleging wrongful death and civil rights violations, among other charges, in connection with police brutality, The Baltimore Sun reported.

Telling what it called "another side of the BPD story," City Paper said that its video was the one police should have made.

"We hope the Baltimore Police Department is improving its internal discipline, psychological counseling, and use-of-force policies with as much vigor and spirit as it has applied to its media strategy," according to the paper.
emh July 15, 2014 at 08:17 AM
my husband is a police officer and some of these clips are a disgrace to the profession. Disgusting. I am sure there are alot of people that would like to slit the throat and "gut" that cop that did and said the same about that dog he killed. RIP Nala!
Michele July 15, 2014 at 10:28 AM
There are a lot of very professional and caring police officers just trying to do their job, but it's the ones that let this "power" go to their heads and act like vigilantes. They're worse than a lot of the criminals they are trying to arrest. They should immediately be discharged from the force and do serious jail time.
Kim Bruno July 15, 2014 at 01:14 PM
I have taught my kids since they were very young that cops are, for the most part.... bad! I have always warned them to be careful when near them and never talk to them unless it's a must. Cops are trained liars and manipulators. We are a normal upper middle class family with 2 parents 2 kids 2 dogs and a single family suburban home by the way(before I'm judged).
Kevin Aylward July 17, 2014 at 12:55 AM
When will we all learn the basics? You have the right to remain silent. State so AND DO IT! If you are detained, (ask if this is the case. If the answer is no, then ask if you are free to leave. If that answer to this question is no, then you are in fact being detained.), you have the right to an attorney, and to have that attorney present during ANY and ALL questioning. ASK FOR AN ATTORNEY!
Steve D July 21, 2014 at 11:50 AM
It's why police have lost the public trust and do not get the benefit of the doubt anymore. All across the country.

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