An Idaho deputy marshal has been suspended for a week after producing a TikTok video mocking basketball star LeBron James for telling police how to do their jobs. The video has gone viral and has been watched millions of times.
The video was produced in uniform and on duty, according to the Bellevue Marshal's Office.
The agency said Tuesday on Facebook that it was "internally" dealing with the deputy Silvester.
"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," the statement read. "We would like to thank everyone that took the time to reach out to us. We greatly value our relationship within our wonderful community," the agency said.
A friend of Silvester set up a GoFundMe page to help the deputy recover his lost income. It has raised nearly $200,000. Silvester says he is now planning to donate a portion of the money to The First Responders Children’s Foundation, a charity for the families of fallen officers and first responders.