The Bellevue Idaho police officer who posted the hilarious video mocking NBA softy LeBron James and was subsequently suspended from his job over the harmless joke has now been fired from the department.
Officer Nate Silvester’s close friends believe that the city was looking for an excuse to fire him due to lots of political pressure.
Officer Silvester was suspended for a week over his viral video responding to LeBron’s threat against the officer who was involved in the fatal shooting of an armed teenager who was in the process of trying to attack and stab another girl.
Silvester’s best friend, Gannon Ward, started a fundraiser to try and raise a few bucks so that his friend would not be out any pay over the joke. People rallied and raised over a half million dollars for him and his family. He subsequently landed a book deal about life as a police officer in these crazy times.
The mayor, who is said to have been pushing hard for the officer’s termination, posted on the city’s official Facebook account regarding the firing, Claiming that the officer had violated policing policies and claimed that it had “nothing to do with the tone or the tenor of his speech that he posts online. He was not terminated for the content of his speech; he was terminated for his failure to follow clearly laid out and well-established policy.”
“The decision was solely made by the command structure within the Bellevue Marshals office and was not influenced in any way by me or by the City Council. We were informed of the decision, and as in the previous incident, left the final decision making to the Marshal and Deputy Marshal. The City Council and I respect the way the Marshal runs her department, and we are supportive of the decision that was made in regards to consequences for not following policy,” the mayor added.
Silvester’s best friend, Gannon Ward does not believe those claims at all.
“Nate has known since the LeBron James TikTock that his job was in jeopardy. He’s heard through the grapevine that the mayor was coming from his job, and wanted him fired. So really it was just a matter of time. Honestly, neither of us are that surprised it happened, just really upset that they were able to do something about it and blame something as trivial as using company equipment,” Ward told Gateway Pundit. “Obviously we were really hoping it didn’t get to this point. But that’s why I started a go fund me in the first place.”
Ward noted that where Bellevue was working as an officer: “is literally one of the only blue towns in the entire state of Idaho.”
“Nate and I were talking on the phone this morning, and our honest opinion is that this is all over politics. Just because he supports policing, and police force in general. Nothing he has done deserves getting fired over,” Ward said.
The fundraiser for Fromer Officer Silvester is still active.