An Idaho police officer is apparently in hot water with his department after he posted a TikTok video mocking NBA star LeBron James’ comments about the use of force by Columbus police officer in a highly controversial tweet.
In the video now seen by millions on social media, Nate Silvester, an officer with the Marshal’s Office in Bellevue, Idaho, arrives at the scene of the crime and asks dispatch to contact LeBron for further instructions.
“Dispatch, I’ve arrived at that disturbance. Will you have LeBron call my cellphone right away please? Thank you”
LeBron, hey, yeah it’s me again,” Silvester says. “Listen, I’m out here at this disturbance call and there’s a guy trying to stab another guy with a knife. What do you think I should do?”
“Okay, well, they’re both Black. One guy is trying to stab another guy with a knife,” Silvester says. “Deadly force is completely justified.”
:“So, you don’t care if a Black person kills another Black person—but you do care if a white cop kills a black person, even if he’s doing it to save the life of another black person?” “I mean, that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but then again, you’re really good at basketball so I guess I’ll take your word for it.”
Silvester’s employer, the Bellevue Marshal’s office, denounced the video and promised to deal with him internally in a FaceBook post.
The Bellevue Marshal’s Office is aware of the extreme controversy regarding Deputy Marshal Silvester’s viral TikTok. 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. This is NOT how we expect our Deputies to act on duty or use city time. This is a personnel issue that is being dealt with internally.
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