Earlier in the week, Deputy Marshal Nate Silvester made a satirical video, mocking LeBron James’ horrible take on the Columbus police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant.
James tweeted a threat to the officer involved in the shooting saying “YOU’RE NEXT.” He later deleted it, saying it was being used to create more “hate.” James didn’t seem to understand it was he who was stoking the hate and putting a target on the back of the officer who saved the life of another girl with his actions. Silvester’s video perfectly encapsulated the issues with James and the magical thinking of others on the left about such police situations.
Oh my goodness You must listen 🎧 to this in response to LeBron James and BLMpic.twitter.com/ENOSJXME23
— CONNIE’S CORNER (@CRRJA5) April 25, 2021
“Excuse me, could you please put the knife down, sir,” Silvester says, acting as though he’s asking James for his opinion.
“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, it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense — but then again you are really good at basketball, so I guess I’ll take your word for it.”
The Tik Tok video went viral and now has been seen by over 4 million people, according to Hot Air. The responses were overwhelmingly positive to the video. But as we predicted, there was some backlash and his department suspended him without pay, according to Silvester’s best friend, Gannon Ward. The Bellevue Marshal’s Office announced on Facebook that they were dealing with the matter “internally.”
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.
Silvester says he didn’t film it while on city time but during a break. It’s not clear for how long he has been suspended. Ward suggested that he might face further sanction.
Gannon Ward launched a GoFundMe to make up for the loss of income for the time Silvester was suspended. But it succeeded beyond his anticipations, it has now generated over $145,000. Silvester is now saying he wants to donate some of the money to a charity that helps children whose first responder parents have died in the line of duty, plus he’d like to use some to rebut some of the anti-police messages in the media, to “shed positive light on law enforcement.”
Sounds like Silvester may have more videos coming in the future and that’s good news!