An Idaho Deputy who was suspended and placed under internal investigation for creating a video mocking LeBron James has received over $400,000 in donation through a GoFundMe account.
Deputy Nate Silvester had created a video in response to James’ twitter post where he threatened a police officer who saved a black girl’s life.
“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.” – Deputy Silvester
In response to Deputy Silvester’s video the Bellevue Marshal’s Office condemned him publicly and suspended Silvester.
“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.” – Statement from Bellevue Marshal’s Office
The GoFundMe was created by a friend of Deputy Silvester to help the deputy cover financial cost he has lost as a result of the suspension and internal investigation.
After the overwhelming response from the community Deputy Silvester plans to use some of the funds to give back to the community.
“As stated in earlier updates by him, from there, Nate plans to give back to the police community at large, including the First Responder Children’s Foundation I linked below. He still plans on donating a portion of the funds collected to that charity. Since this has become significantly bigger than I ever anticipated, and landed Nate on some major national news, he wishes to use this platform he’s been given to help other officers in other situations similar to his, on a case by case basis.”
“Silvester has spoken to his attorney to help him figure out how to best help him with all of this, since this is his first time ever being in a situation where he can help others and give back in this capacity. The details on how this will work are still not 100% clear because he’s working on a few different ideas with his attorney, but he calls these ‘Blue Funds’ because he plans to use them to help other officers and their families at his discretion.”
Deputy Silvester is overwhelmed by the outpouring of support of those willing to back law enforcement.
“Americans still love their police officers, they still love their men and women in blue, and you guys have made that resoundingly clear.” – Deputy Silvester