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An Idaho cop has reportedly landed a book deal and returned to work after being placed on administrative duty for mocking LeBron James over his tweet about the Ohio cop who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant.
Nate Silvester, of the Marshal’s Office in Bellevue, told KTVB that he was reinstated as of Thursday, adding that he has signed a book deal with Di Angelo Publications with the working title of “Never Off Duty.”
He said he will donate part of the money raised in a GoFundMe campaign that has reportedly raised nearly $500,000 to the First Responders Children’s Foundation.
Silvester posted a TikTok video in which he pretended to have a phone conversation with the NBA superstar while witnessing an imaginary black person trying to stab another black person, KTVB reported.
“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?” Silvester said.
“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,” he said, adding “#humanizethebadge” in the viral video.
His mocking message followed the Los Angeles Lakers player’s inflammatory April 21 tweet in which he posted a picture of of Columbus Police Officer Nicholas Reardon, who shot Bryant, along with the ominous-sounding caption, “YOU’RE NEXT.”
He later deleted the tweet amid a backlash, saying he took it down because it was “being used to create more hate.”
James also has expressed regret for the message, saying he “fueled the wrong conversation” about the teen and that he owes “it to her and this movement to change” the conversation.
Silvester told KTVB that Reardon “did the right thing” and shouldn’t be “crucified by people like Lebron James.”
“I feel as though we have a responsibility to speak out against things like that. Somebody has to be the voice for law enforcement, we don’t necessarily have a voice,” he told the outlet.
“That officer in Columbus, Ohio, he was forced to make a terrible choice, he did his duty that day, he did the right thing and he should have been commended and not crucified by people like LeBron James,” Silvester continued.
“Officer Reardon he was put in an awful, terrible position and it’s tragic what happened but that doesn’t mean it’s not justified,” he added. “Most people in this country don’t know what it’s like to be a police officer, they don’t know what it’s like to be in a stressful position like that.”
On April 27, the Bellevue Marshal’s Office said the department was “internally” dealing with Silvester, who was placed on administrative duty.
“The statements made do NOT represent the Bellevue Marshal’s Office,” it said on Facebook.
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