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Video: Buffalo Officer Suspended Without Pay Over Vine Videos

February 23, 2016  | 

VIDEO: Buffalo Officer Suspended Without Pay Over Vine Videos

A three-year veteran of the Buffalo (NY) Police Department assigned to the Housing Unit was suspended without pay Monday afternoon for violating the department's social media policy, reports WIVB.

For many months he's been doing seven-second skits under the name of Angry Cops, appearing on social media site Vine. In one such post, he appears in a Santa hat and what appears to be his Buffalo Police jacket singing, "Dashing your parole, with a one gun crack arrest, throw you in a cell."

Buffalo Police have a strict policy which reads that officers can be on social media, but not in uniform and not representing themselves as officers. You can see the officer's name tag in some of these videos and his badge. The policy also says you can't dishonor the position of officer on social media.

In one video, he implies that he's out of vacation days and pretends to shoot someone. "I'm out of vacation days. Shut up, I just grazed you," he says.

Sources tell News 4 the officer has been warned before about his use of social media, and the Department isn't amused to see him appear in a police station pretending to ingest cocaine from the evidence locker.

Since the first story aired, friends of the officer called WIVB to say he was not wearing a real Buffalo uniform or badge, but that didn't seem to matter to the department. The officer said he's not allowed to comment.

Two other police officers who also post videos like this called to explain that they do it to show that cops aren't robots, that they have a tough job and sometimes need to vent.

Comments (7)

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Michael @ 2/23/2016 7:30 PM

Gentlemen, I am an Officer with over 25 years on the job. All I can say is grow up and find a better way to vent than social media.

Ordinary Joe @ 2/24/2016 5:42 AM

This is the Millennial Generation aka: snowflakes. Their life is defined by social media. I do not expect to see change for the better anytime soon.

Likesto Laugh @ 2/24/2016 8:51 AM

His videos are hilarious and if he isn't representing himself, or the department through his artistic expression then this is more than an appropriate use of his right to free speech. He has a real talent and the fact that he can use his life experience to further that is great. He isn't furthering some political agenda or forcing a viewpoint, he's acting.

Vincenzino @ 2/24/2016 8:51 AM

Whatever happened to "Choir Practice"?

JM @ 2/24/2016 9:26 AM

What an absolute idiot... Just when we need more officers representing our profession in a positive light, we have morons like this on social media, etc...

Real Talk @ 2/25/2016 11:38 AM

We swore an oath to protect the Constitution and the community were serve, with honor and integrity. There is no honor or integrity in these videos and the current controversy surrounding them only detracts from our profession. If he wants to be a comedic entertainer rather than a cop, turn in your badge, and move to Hollywood.

Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/27/2016 9:05 PM

Police Officers, just like anyone else should be allowed to state their opinions on social media. They shouldn't get into trouble unless they threaten to kill someone, which didn't happen.

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