A police officer who posted on TikTok that motorists should “get the f*** out of the way” of fellow police officers was suspended, but for only 10 hours.
Breanna Strauss of the Washington Federal Way Police Department caused an outcry on social media with the clip of herself in uniform. She said she spoke for herself, but also for the “greater majority of other agents out there.”
“If we’re driving our police cars on the highway, get out of the way. Get the f*** out of the way,” she says in the video.
“If you merge and we follow you and we merge, you’re probably in trouble. The best way to find out is to get the f*** out of the way.”
Strauss goes further by contrasting what cops are allowed to do with other motorists on the road.
“I can run 90 miles an hour. That is not possible. You can’t do that, so get the fuck out of your way,” she says. “If we officers stay behind you long enough, we can find a reason to hold you out.”
She concludes with: ‘Super simple. That’s all. Don’t mention it.’
Strauss has since deleted the TikTok post, but it was shared on Reddit, where many users called for a more severe punishment than the brief suspension without payment.
The video went viral this summer and police launched an investigation into the incident. They found that Strauss had no previous disciplinary problems.
“We had not received any complaints against Agent Straus regarding any arrests, citations or traffic congestion,” Commander Kurt Schwan told the Federal Way Mirror at the time.
The investigation ended on July 7 and found that Strauss had violated police’s personal and social media protocols. She has been suspended because her video was in violation.
Strauss was sworn in at the ward in August 2021.
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