A deputy in Orange County was suspended for three weeks after repeatedly posting videos to TikTok showing her dancing to explicit songs while in her sheriff’s uniform.
Agency records show Shelby Abramson, 29, who is currently a resource officer, was punished by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office department for unbecoming conduct, as well as insubordination.
Abramson received a 100-hour suspension for unbecoming conduct and a 20-hour suspension for insubordination.
An investigation was launched earlier in 2021 after the deputy posted multiple videos while wearing a uniform, including at least one with explicit lyrics from a song, Kevin Gates’ ‘Me Too.’
Shelby Abramson, 29, who is currently a resource officer, was punished by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office department for unbecoming conduct, as well as insubordination
Abramson has posted videos of herself in uniform with explicit language, including one of the song ‘Me Too’ by Kevin Gates
That TikTok has since been deleted, but it has still been captured in news packages.
She also allegedly responded to comments from constituents that chided her for posting to the social media site.
The investigation concluded, ‘Although most of the videos Deputy Abramson posted were benign, some of the audio tracks contained foul language and sexually explicit lyrics.
‘These videos provided an image to the public that placed members of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in disrepute and do not align with the values of the organization,’ the conclusion continued.
According to ClickOrlando.com, the policy of the Orange County Sheriff’s Office doesn’t allow employees to engage in social media activity that could ‘negatively affect the public perception of the agency.’
The policy also asks employees to refrain from posting ‘agency logos, uniforms, or similar identifying items on personal social media pages.’
Abramson was hired by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in November 2019 and started posting to TikTok months later.
She began to run into problems in December 2020, when another school resource officer caught Abramson conducting a live stream from an Orange County Sheriff’s Office patrol car while wearing her uniform.
At that point, a supervisor became involved and told Abramson not to live stream to TikTok while on duty.
Several deputies also sent supervisors screenshots from Abramson’s TikTok page, including comments.
One comment showed a back-and-forth Abramson had, where she allegedly replied, ‘I’m glad I can entertain you. I’ll keep dancing for all you Karens.’
A supervisor asked her to delete the video that showed that exchange, which Abramson did, according to a report.
A sergeant later emailed Abramson, saying, ‘I understand the intent may not be malicious, but perception is reality. Please do not let social media be a distraction while on duty, which could jeopardize your safety and the safety of others.’
The supervisor added Abramson should ‘refrain from posting anything that would shed a negative light on your character and the Sheriff’s Office.’
But just three weeks after receiving that email, Abramson posted a video of her dancing on TikTok to Kevin Gates’ ‘Me Too,’ which has sexually explicit lyrics and the F-word multiple times.
Abramson has also posted videos with messages that could arguably alienate citizens
The investigation report doesn’t state where that video was taken, but it appeared to be in either an office or a school.
Abramson claims she misinterpreted the email and verbal counseling she had received from supervisors, believing it applied solely to livestreaming.
‘Now looking back, I posted it and I shouldn’t have because of the lyrics,’ Abramson said to investigators.
During the investigation, Abramson told investigators that the videos showed ‘the humanizing [of] the badge… that we are not just this bad guy behind a gun.’
Abramson joined the Orange County Sheriff’s Office in November 2019 and began posting to TikTok shortly after, running into trouble beginning in December 2020
She continued to post to her TikTok account while the investigation was underway.
She also told investigators that she had discussed the social media police with a lieutenant, though that lieutenant did not recall such a conversation.
The investigation, which started in January and concluded in mid-April, involving interviewing other employees according to the report, who described the TikTok page as ‘offensive,’ ‘unacceptable,’ and ’embarrassing.’
Abramson has not commented publicly on the investigation and told ClickOrlando.com that she’s been advised not to speak to the media.
Meanwhile, the punishment doesn’t seem to have affected Abramson’s social media habit as she continued to post after the suspension was levied, with her most recent dancing video coming on May 21.
That video does show her in uniform, though it’s unclear if she was on-duty at the time. Her account has over 80,000 followers.
The investigation, which started in January and concluded in mid-April, involving interviewing other employees according to the report, who described the TikTok page as ‘offensive,’ ‘unacceptable,’ and ’embarrassing’
The punishment doesn’t seem to have affected Abramson’s social media habit as she continued to post after the suspension, with her most recent dancing video coming on May 21