Federal Way, WA – A Federal Way police officer was suspended for 10 hours after she posted a video to TikTok over the summer telling drivers to get out of the way of police officers on the highway (video below).
The Federal Way Police Department launched an investigation in late June after officials saw the TikTok video posted by Federal Way Police Officer Breanna Straus, KIRO reported.
Officer Straus was sworn onto the Federal Way police force on Aug. 9, 2021.
“PSA to everyone out there, I’m speaking for myself but I’m probably speaking for a large majority of other officers out there if we’re driving on the freeway in our police car, get the f-k out of the way,” Officer Straus introduced the video.
“Get the f-k out of the way!” she repeated.
“If you merge, and we follow behind you and we merge too, you’re probably in trouble,” Officer Strauss continued in the video she filmed in uniform while on duty in her police car. “Best way to find that out is to get the f-k out of the way.”
“I can go 90 miles an hour, you can’t,” the officer explained. “You can’t do that. So get the f-k out of the way. If us officers stay behind you long enough, we can find a reason to pull you over.”
“So you might as well get the fuck out of the way,” she added.
“Super simple That is all. You’re welcome,” Officer Straus’s PSA ended.
Federal Way Police Commander Kurt Schwan said the department investigated whether Officer Straus had violated any department policies or standards with her social media rant, Seattle Weekly reported.
Cmdr. Schwan said Officer Straus has never had any prior disciplinary issues.
Finding a reason to stop motorists has been upheld as constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court and is legal in most of the country. However, such stops are not legal in the state of Washington because they are a violation of article I section 7 of the state constitution.
Cmdr. Schwan said that despite the officer threatening to unlawfully violate people’s rights, she had never been accused of that sort of behavior, Seattle Weekly reported.
“We had not received any complaints against Officer Straus regarding arrests, citations, or traffic stops,” the commander said.
The investigation concluded on July 7 and determined the Officer Straus violated her department’s Code of Conduct with her TikTok post, Seattle Weekly reported.
The findings concluded that Officer Strauss had broken social media and personal conduct rules by posting the rant.
Police records showed that Federal Way Police Chief Andy Hwang gave Officer Straus a 10-hour suspension for her misdeeds, Seattle Weekly reported.
A 10-hour suspension equates to one patrol shift.
Watch the officer’s video here below. WARNING: Obscene Language: