La Plata, MD – La Plata police are investigating allegations that uniformed officers participated in filming a TikTok video for the “car wash challenge” that showed women getting sprayed down at a Charles County car wash (video below).
Police officials launched an investigation last week after video was posted to social media that appeared to show two uniformed La Plata police officers spraying down some women who were perched atop the hood of a pickup truck, WTTG reported.
Tyronne Shorter, the person who filmed the cell phone video of the officers, said it took place at about 11 p.m. on June 26 at the J. L. Sprague Car Wash off of South Crain Highway in La Plata.
“Look at the tax dollars of La Plata, Maryland at its best,” Shorter said in the video as he drove slowly by the unusual scene.
The full video showed the women dancing to an Ellie Goulding song as they were sprayed by the officers, WTTG reported.
That video was posted to TikTok and carried the hashtag #carwashchallenge but in which the officers were not visible in the footage.
Customers at the car wash told WTTG they were a little disappointed in their local police.
“I really don’t know, maybe they were investigating what the girls were doing on the car. I don’t know,” one man posited.
“Just do better,” a mother at the car wash with her daughters told WTTG. “Like, do things that are actually going to, you know, benefit this town. Not make us look insane.”
La Plata police released a statement on June 25 that said the video was under investigation, WTTG reported.
The department promised to make an official statement as soon as they had all the facts.
Sources said that multiple groups had visited the car wash to film TikTok videos for the challenge.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below: