The popular internet craze of filming a group of people as lifeless mannequins reached another (edgy and inadvisable) level when a group of 22 young men attempted the viral challenge while holding firearms of different calibers.
In the minute-long video, a majority of the men can be seen posing with real pistols and shot guns, pointing at each other as if a shootout is underway, outside a house in Alabama, AL.com reported.
The video was posted in November, but it made so many rounds on the internet that it ultimately reached the Madison County Sheriff’s office, prompting the cops to wonder if all the arms in the videos were licensed.
To solve the confusion, the police launched an investigation that ended in the arrest of two men — Kenneth Fennell White, 49, and Terry Brown, 23 — for allegedly possessing drugs and guns.
Capt. Mike Salomonsky addressed the actions that led to the investigation, along with the resulting charges in a press conference.
Capt. Salomonsky @ media event for search warrant at viral video mannequin challenge residence-guns & drugs seized. pic.twitter.com/qsDNcyLPQQ— Madison Sheriff AL (@mcsosheriffAL) December 6, 2016
"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.
Investigators searched the house where they seized two handguns, an assault rifle and a shotgun, as well as several rounds of ammunition and magazines. It isn’t clear if any of the weapons were used in the video. Authorities also reportedly confiscated bags of marijuana and a computer.
The officials charged White with first-degree possession of marijuana and possession of a firearm by a violent felon, while Brown was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and loitering.
Officers later found Brown in possession of marijuana and added a charge of promoting prison contraband.
“There are several persons in the video who may be convicted felons,” Salomonsky continued. “So, we’re going to try to do some identification, work with the ATF and see if we can generate any charges out of that.”