An Idaho police officer who was placed on administrative leave for mocking basketball star LeBron James returned to work on Thursday after securing a book deal, it has been revealed.
The Bellevue Marshall’s Office, the local police force, gave Deputy Nate Silvester on leave last Tuesday after he went viral on TikTok for mocking tweets the Los Angeles Laker made following Ma’Khia Bryant’s death in Ohio.
The four-time NBA Championship winner had tweeted ‘YOU’RE NEXT’ with a photo of Columbus Police Officer Nicholas Reardon shooting Bryant in April. He has since said he regretted the tweet.
Silvester has since signed a book deal with Di Angelo Publications and its working title is Never Off Duty, he says KTVB.
The police officer’s video, posted April 24, begins with him sitting in his patrol car pretending to tell dispatchers that LeBron James needs to call his cell phone in connection with an imaginary malfunction outside his vehicle.
Silvester’s video, posted April 24, mocks LeBron James for a tweet he made after Ma’Khia Bryant’s shooting death in Ohio. James had said “YOU’RE THE NEXT” with a photo of Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon
LeBron James tweeted ‘You’re next’ with a photo of the Ohio police officer shooting Ma’Khia Bryant
After the video went viral, it destroyed Bellevue Marshall’s Office Silvester in a post on Facebook
‘Excuse me sir, could you please put the knife down? “Sir, no, don’t stab him, stop stabbing him,” says Silvester, looking out the window.
He then tells the fictional suspect ‘Hold on, it’s LeBron’ while answering his phone.
‘LeBron? Hey, yes, it’s me again. Listen, I’m out here on a trouble call, and there’s a guy trying to stab another guy with a knife. What do you think I should do? ‘ Silvester says in the video.
The cop then pretends to be listening to James asking him ‘what does that matter’ regarding something the fictional James said off camera.
“Okay, they’re both black. A man tries to stab another man with a knife. Deadly violence is perfectly justified, ”says Silvester, portraying a similar chain of events that led to Bryant’s death.
Silvester pauses before adding, “Uh-huh. I get it. 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 does it to save another black person’s life? ‘
“I mean, it doesn’t make any sense. But on the other hand, you are very good at basketball, so I believe I will take your word for it, ”says Silvester.
After the video went viral, it destroyed Bellevue Marshall’s Office Silvester in a post on Facebook.
The Bellevue Marshal’s office is aware of the extreme controversy over Deputy Marshal Silvester’s viral TikTok. The statements made do NOT represent the Bellevue Marshal’s office, ”the agency wrote in its post.
“The Bellevue Marshal’s office always requires our deputies to deal with our citizens in a friendly and professional manner. This is NOT how we expect our delegates to act or use city time during their service. ‘
The police officer later posted another video saying he would not apologize for the first video
The agency added that the ‘personnel issue’ was handled internally and that Silvester had been placed on leave.
Bellevue Mayor Ned Burns confirmed to the Idaho Mountain Express that Silvester will remain in the service of the police force, but said his video and actions were in violation of department policy.
The officer wore his work uniform as he posted videos from his department-issued patrol car.
‘[Silvester’s action] Not up to city standards, especially when he’s in town, ”Burns told the Mountain Express.
He added, “I think he will have to do some work to regain the trust of some members of the community.”
The outlet noted that Burns posted another video on TikTok on Tuesday, saying he has no intention of apologizing for the April 24 video.
‘I’ve been asked a few different times if I regret posting the LeBron TikTok and if I think I should apologize. My answer? Not at all, ”Silvester said in the second video.
“ I sparked the wrong conversation about Ma’Khia Bryant and I owe it to her and this move to change it, ” the Los Angeles Lakers attacker wrote on Twitter.
After Silvester was placed on leave, a GoFundMe was created to support him, which has raised more than $ 500,000.
Silvester told KTVB that he will donate some of the money raised to the First Responders Children’s Foundation and use another portion to create a scholarship fund for displaced police officers.
It was not immediately clear how much money Silvester intends to donate and how much he intends to keep.