The police officer from Bellevue, Idaho, posted a funny video where he mocks LeBron James. Well, now, he’s been fired from the department.
Nate Silvester thinks that the city needs an excuse to fire him because of political pressure.
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The Gateway Pundit reported that Silvester was suspended for one week because of his Tik Tok video that went viral. There, he’s mocking the basketball player’s threat against the officer involved in the shooting of an armed teen girl who wanted to stab another girl.
Gannon Ward is Silvester’s best friend, and he started a fundraiser to collect some money so his friend not to be out and pay over the joke. People raised more than a half-million dollars for his family. Subsequently, he landed a book deal about life as a police officer in these times.
It is believed that the mayor pushed for the fire that the officer got. He posted on the city’s official Facebook page about the firing, explaining that the officer violated policing policies and it had “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.”
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“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,” the mayor wrote.
However, Ward doesn’t believe the claims.
“Nate has known since the LeBron James TikTock that his job was in jeopardy. He’s heard through the grapevine that the mayor was coming from his job and wanted him fired. So really, it was just a matter of time. Honestly, neither of us are that surprised it happened, just really upset that they were able to do something about it and blame something as trivial as using company equipment,” Ward told Gateway Pundit. “Obviously, we were really hoping it didn’t get to this point. But that’s why I started a go fund me in the first place.”
Ward describes Bellevue as a person who “is literally one of the only blue towns in the entire state of Idaho.”
“Nate and I were talking on the phone this morning, and our honest opinion is that this is all over politics. Just because he supports policing and the police force in general. Nothing he has done deserves getting fired over,” Ward concluded.