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Florida Deputy Suspended For 3 Weeks Over TikTok Videos

Orlando, FL – An Orange County sheriff’s deputy with a large social media following was slapped with a three-week suspension after repeatedly posting TikTok videos of her dancing in uniform to music with explicit lyrics.

Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) Deputy Shelby Abramson, a 29-year-old school resource officer, continued to post additional videos while under investigation for allegations of insubordination and unbecoming conduct, WKMG reported.

Under department policy, OCSO employees are banned from taking part in social media activity that could potentially “negatively affect the public perception of the agency,” according to the news outlet.

They are also encouraged to refrain from displaying “agency logos, uniforms, or similar identifying items on personal social media pages,” WKMG reported.

Since hiring on at the OCSO in November of 2019, Deputy Abramson has regularly streamed TikTok videos showing her dancing in uniform, lip-synching songs, and taking part in various other antics.

She has garnered more than 82,000 followers in the process.

The OCSO launched the investigation into Deputy Abramson after a fellow deputy stumbled on the videos, WKMG reported.

Other deputies said during the investigation that they believe the footage Deputy Abramson posts is embarrassing, offensive, and inappropriate, and several of them took screenshots from the clips and sent them to supervisors along with their concerns.

According to an OCSO internal investigation report, “most of the videos Deputy Abramson posted were benign,” but “some of the audio tracks contained foul language and sexually explicit lyrics,” WKMG reported.

She admitted that she “screwed up” with regards to one such video, and said she “shouldn’t have posted that one,” according to the report.

According to investigators, Deputy Abramson continued posting videos on TikTok while on duty, despite prior warnings from her supervisor, WKMG reported.

She argued that she was making the videos to promote “the humanizing of the badge.”

“I understand the intent may not be malicious, but perception is reality,” one of her supervisors told her in an email at one point prior to the investigation, according to WKMG. “Please do not let social media be a distraction while on duty, which could jeopardize your safety and the safety of others.”

Less than three weeks later, Deputy Abramson posted a video of her wearing her uniform and dancing to music with sexually explicit lyrics.

That clip appeared to have been recorded in a school or office, WKMG reported.

Deputy Abramson ended up receiving a 20-hour suspension for insubordination and a 100-hour suspension for unbecoming conduct after the investigation wrapped up in mid-April, according to the news outlet.

She has posted at least one TikTok video of her wearing her uniform since being sanctioned, but the footage did not contain explicit language and did not appear to have been recorded while she was working, WKMG reported.

Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin

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