The Bedford, New Hampshire police department is investigating at least one of its own after a TikTok video reportedly posted by an officer makes fun of police reform, and makes other political statements.
That officer has been placed on administrative leave while the department investigates, according to a statement from Chief John Bryfonski.
“The Bedford Police Department is aware of at least one TikTok video created by a uniformed Bedford Police officer, made apparently while on duty, and a resulting YouTube video created to call attention to the TikTok post,” the statement said. “The Bedford Police Department does not allow its officers to use social media while on duty, in uniform and using department equipment and vehicles to make divisive or political statements.”
A video posted to YouTube titled “Bedford, NH: On Duty Officer TikToks Exposed” shows multiple TikTok clips allegedly recorded by Bedford police officers. In the first one, the officer, who was not identified in Bryfonski’s statement, appears in videos with text that reads, “How the media/liberals want the police to be…” and he pretends to stop violent calls by shouting requests out his cruiser window.
A simple search for the reported TikTok account shows that it has amassed nearly 175,000 followers. The account is currently set to private.
In an interview with WBZ, Bryfonski calls the video “deeply disturbing.”
“Whether or not it occurred in the context of today’s scrutiny of law enforcement or it occurred five years ago, to me it makes no difference,” he told the news station. “It’s still conduct that needs to be balanced against what the department defines as appropriate and professional.”
Another officer is also being investigated, according to WBZ.
In his statement, Bryfonski said that if another officer, or officers, were involved, the department will take “additional measures.”
“The Bedford Police Department seeks to provide equal service and treatment to all people and any actions that sow doubt in our department’s mission will be addressed in a timely and appropriate manner,” the chief said in the statement.
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