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An Idaho deputy marshal is racking up hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations after he was allegedly suspended following a viral video on TikTok that mocked LeBron James about a police shooting.
City of Bellevue officials have yet to say whether the MP has been suspended, but a GoFundMe page for an account created in Nate Silvester’s name says he was. The account exceeded $ 210,000 in donations on Friday afternoon. The page does not say whether he is still employed by the department.
Calls and an email to Bellevue Mayor Ned Burns and emails to Bellevue Marshal Mynde Heil were not immediately returned on Friday. A Facebook message and an email to Silvester were also not immediately returned.
Burns told the Idaho Mountain Express in Ketchum that at least one official complaint has been filed by a citizen against Silvester. Burns told the newspaper he couldn’t tell if the MP was suspended.
Idaho State Police, which oversee the state’s law enforcement standards and training division, said on Friday that Silvester was not under a POST investigation.
The GoFundMe account includes three videos of Silvester thanking those who donated. In one, Silvester says he wants people to stand up on behalf of law enforcement officers.
“We are no longer going to tolerate being attacked, intimidated or vilified in the media,” Silvester said.
Last week, Silvester posted a video on TikTok criticizing James for the Los Angeles Laker’s comments after a police shootout in Ohio. James tweeted “YOU ARE NEXT # RESPONSIBILITY” after a police officer in Columbus, Ohio, shot and killed Ma’Khia Bryant, 16, who is black. The tweet also referred to Derek Chauvin, the police officer convicted of the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
After the Columbus shooting, police released body camera video that appeared to show Bryant attacking another black person with a knife.
James later deleted his tweet. He has since been scrutinized by police groups. In an interview with Fox News, Jamie McBride, a board member of the Los Angeles Police Union, called on the NBA to investigate James.
In Silvester’s viral video, he sits in the driver’s seat of his patrol car and asks an imaginary person outside the car to put down a knife and not stab another person before pretending to receive a call from James. The NBA star tells him not to shoot the assailant because he is black.
“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 said before leaving.
After the video garnered several million views, Marshal de Bellevue’s office said in a statement Tuesday that Silvester’s statements “do NOT represent Marshal de Bellevue’s office.” The Marshal’s office added that it was handling the matter internally and that Silvester’s actions do not match how the office expects MPs to act on duty or on time. the city.
“Marshal de Bellevue’s office always requires our assistants to engage with our citizens in a friendly and professional manner,” the ministry said in the statement.
Silvester has already posted numerous other videos on his TikTok page, including a video in which he ignores what appears to be an imaginary fight taking place outside his patrol car, with the phrase “when a pedophile is on. the point of getting beaten “visible on the screen.
In two videos, Silvester defends Kim Potter, a former Brooklyn Center, Minnesota cop, charged with second degree manslaughter after the death of Daunte Wright. Potter allegedly confused his weapon with his Taser before the shooting.
As of Friday, Silvester’s video on James had nearly 5 million views.