Idaho’s TikTok Cop Has Been Fired
Idaho's viral TikTok Cop has been fired from the Bellevue Marshal's Office.
Mixed and very passionate emotions are coming from the news today that was shared by the Mayor of Bellevue, Idaho Ned Burns. Mayor Burns posted to the Facebook account for the City of Bellevue and said:
During the week of May 20th, while on shift Deputy Marshal Silvester violated several clearly established City of Bellevue and State of Idaho Policing policies. After his previous policy violations Deputy Marshal Silvester was placed on probation and was on, what is called, a “last chance agreement” with his superior officers. Because of his continued policy violations, the Marshal has terminated Mr. Sylvester effective May 27th, 2021.
The policy violations have nothing to do with the tone or the tenor of his speech that he posts online. He was not terminated for the content of his speech; he was terminated for his failure to follow clearly laid out and well established policy.The decision was solely made by the command structure within the Bellevue Marshals office and was not influenced in any way by me or by the City Council. We were informed of the decision, and as in the previous incident, left the final decision making to the Marshal and Deputy Marshal. The City Council and I respect the way the Marshal runs her department, and we are supportive of the decision that was made in regards to consequences for not following policy.
We wish Mr. Silvester the best, and we ask for calm and understanding.
While that is a very lengthy statement to be shared by the mayor over the dismissal of an officer, it's clear that city officials felt the need to be upfront about things given the following Mr. Silvester has built.
You may remember when he first went viral--using TikTok, the officer was mocking a statement made by LeBron James surrounding police brutality. Since that moment, Silvester has seen a whole lot of press coverage.
Originally, he was suspended for making TikTok videos on company time. Then, he was given a hefty book deal. Now, it seems like he may have more time to focus on that book.
It's interesting to note that as you can see in the statement above, he wasn't fired for anything that he was saying online.
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