BELLEVUE - The suspension of an Idaho cop who mocked LeBron James in a video on TikToc has reportedly has come to an end. According to a report from KTVB, Officer Nate Silvester returned to work Thursday. Silvester also said in a social media post this week that he has signed a book deal. The book's working title is "Never Off Duty".
After Silvester's LeBron mocking video had been viewed millions of times, and following a formal citizen complaint, the Bellevue Marshal's Office said the matter was "being dealt with internally" and temporarily suspended Silvester.
Meanwhile, as of Friday afternoon, a crowdfunding effort that was launched by a friend of Silvester on GoFundMe reached over $510,000.
The fundraiser is located at this link - https://www.gofundme.com/f/please-help-officer-nate-silvester-recover-his-pay
The fundraising page says Silvester will donate a portion of the funds to the First Responders Children’s Foundation, a charity for the families of fallen officers and first responders.
The Bellevue Marshal's Office released this statement on social media last week:
"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. We would like to thank everyone that took the time to reach out to us. We greatly value our relationship within our wonderful community."
In the video, posted on TikTok, Deputy Nate Silvester pretends to call James for advice. Silvester's video was in response to a tweet by James, who posted a photo of the officer who fatally shot Makiah Bryant - with the caption, "You're next!"