Tik Tok has become the premier platform for people to post viral videos. Idaho deputy Nate Silvester he’s probably wishing he had not gone viral for his Tik Tok mocking Lebron James. The Bellevue Marshall deputy was terminated effective May 27, 2021.
Silvester posted a Tik Tok video mocking Lebron James after the Los Angeles Lakers star tweeted, and then deleted, about the officer who killed Ma’Khia Bryant.
At the time of Silvester’s initial post the Bellevue Marshal’s Office released this statement:
“The statements made do NOT represent the Bellevue Marshal’s Office. The Bellevue Marshal’s Office always demands that our Deputies engage with our citizens in a friendly and professional manner.”
In a phone call with KTVB Channel 7 in Idaho Bellevue Mayor had this to say:
The mayor said during his shift in the week of May 20, Silvester violated several clearly established city and state policing policies. This comes just weeks after Silvester was put on probation and given what is called a “last chance agreement” with his superior officers. Because of his continue policy violations, he was let go, the mayor said.
The mayor goes on to say that these latest policy violations have nothing to do with tone or tenor of his speech that he posts online. He was not terminated for the content of his speech. The decision made by commanders within the Bellevue Marshal’s Office. The mayor added that neither he nor the city council had any influence on their decision to terminate Silvester.
Burns concludes by saying, “We wish Mr. Silvester the best, and we ask for calm and understanding.
In an expected twist, Silvester went on the ‘Hannity’ show and blamed cancel culture for his firing.
“I am the latest target of cancel culture, Sean. That’s all it is. None of my other videos that depicted me in my uniform or involving body camera footage, none of those mattered. They didn’t care about those. It wasn’t until my LeBron James TikTok struck a political nerve that they started to pay attention and complain about it and came up with forms of discipline.”
Flip the page for the video and the report from KTVB.