An Orange County sheriff’s deputy has been suspended for three weeks after she repeatedly posted videos on TikTok of her dancing to explicit songs while in her sheriff’s uniform.
Agency records show that Shelby Abramson, 29, who is currently a resource officer, was punished by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for inappropriate behavior and insubordination.
Abramson was given a 100-hour suspension for inappropriate conduct and a 20-hour suspension for insubordination.
An investigation was launched earlier in 2021 after the deputy posted multiple videos wearing a uniform, including at least one with explicit lyrics from a song, “Me Too” by Kevin Gates.
Shelby Abramson, 29, who is currently a resource officer, was punished by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for inappropriate conduct, as well as insubordination
Abramson has posted videos of himself in uniform using explicit language, including one of Kevin Gates’ songs “Me Too”
That TikTok has since been removed, but is still recorded in news packages.
She is also said to have responded to comments from voters who reprimanded her for posting to the social media site.
The investigation concluded: “While most of the videos Deputy Abramson posted were benign, some audio tracks contained foul language and sexually explicit lyrics.
“These videos presented to the public a view that discredited members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and was inconsistent with the values of the organization,” the conclusion continued.
According to Click Orlando.comOrange County Sheriff’s Office policy does not allow employees to participate in social media activities that “could negatively impact public perception of the office.”
The policy also asks employees not to post “agency logos, uniforms or similar identifying items on personal social media pages.”
Abramson was hired by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in November 2019 and began posting on TikTok months later.
She started having trouble in December 2020, when another school employee caught Abramson doing a livestream from an Orange County Sheriff’s patrol car while wearing her uniform.
It was then that a supervisor got involved and told Abramson not to livestream to TikTok while on duty.
Several delegates also sent supervisors screenshots of Abramson’s TikTok page, including comments.
One comment showed a back-and-forth Abramson had, where she reportedly replied, “I’m glad I can entertain you. I’ll keep dancing for all of you Karens.’
A supervisor asked her to remove the video showing that exchange, which Abramson did, according to a report.
A sergeant later emailed Abramson, “I understand the intent may not be malicious, but perception is reality. Please don’t let social media be a distraction while on duty that could endanger your safety and that of others.”
The supervisor added that Abramson “must refrain from posting anything that would cast a negative light on your character and the sheriff’s office.”
But just three weeks after receiving that email, Abramson posted a video of her dancing on TikTok to Kevin Gates’ “Me Too,” which features sexually explicit lyrics and the F-word multiple times.
Abramson has also posted videos with messages that could arguably alienate citizens
The investigative report does not state where that video was taken, but it turned out to be in an office or a school.
Abramson claims she misinterpreted the email and verbal guidance she received from supervisors, assuming it only applied to live streaming.
“Looking back now, I posted it and I shouldn’t have because of the text,” Abramson told the researchers.
During the investigation, Abramson told the researchers that the videos “humanizing” [of] the badge… that we’re not just that bad guy behind a gun.”
Abramson joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in November 2019 and began posting on TikTok shortly after, leaving him in trouble in December 2020.
She continued to post to her TikTok account while the investigation was ongoing.
She also told investigators that she had discussed social media police with a lieutenant, although that lieutenant could not recall such a conversation.
The investigation, which began in January and concluded in mid-April, included interviews with other employees, who described the TikTok page as “offensive,” “unacceptable” and “embarrassing,” according to the report.
Abramson has not publicly commented on the investigation, telling ClickOrlando.com that she has been advised not to speak to the media.
Meanwhile, the sentence does not appear to have affected Abramson’s social media habit, as she continued to post after the suspension was imposed, with her most recent dance video on May 21.
That video shows her in uniform, though it’s unclear if she was on duty at the time. Her account has over 80,000 followers.
The investigation, which began in January and concluded in mid-April, involved interviewing other employees according to the report, which described the TikTok page as “offensive,” “unacceptable” and “embarrassing.”
The punishment doesn’t appear to have affected Abramson’s habit on social media as she continued to post after the suspension, with her most recent dance video on May 21