"It was supposed to be sarcasm," says Mark Hoffman, the Public Affairs and Information Officer for the Dover (Delaware) Police Department, speaking of the video's introduction. "But some people thought it was authentic."
"While reviewing dashcam footage, we come across some interesting sights to say the least," the video begins. "We hope you enjoy this...and Taylor Swift, if you're watching...we're sorry."
Davis, a 19-year law enforcement veteran, is the first and only person Hoffman asked to be in the video. That Davis is no stranger to Internet fame was a plus; he says a cell phone video of him "crying like a girl" after his brother attached a crab to his earlobe will be featured on an upcoming episode of MTV's viral video clip show "Ridiculousness."
Another thing making him a perfect candidate was that, thanks to his 10-year-old daughter Gabriella—"she knows the words to every Taylor Swift song," Davis says—he already knew "Shake it Off" by heart.
That part near the end where Davis stops bopping his head and looks like he's been busted by another driver? That happened.
"We're thinking of going out on top with this one."