A California sheriff’s deputy has attracted national attention after video shows he played a Taylor Swift song on his phone in a failed attempt to trigger censorship of an activist’s video. Instead the footage was successfully published and went viral.
On Tuesday morning in Oakland, Calif, James Burch and several activists went to the Alameda County courthouse and recorded a confrontation with a deputy, according to The Washington Submit. As they recorded, the deputy reached into his pocket for his phone and started playing Taylor Swift’s 2014 hit single “Blank Space,” according to a YouTube video uploaded by Anti Police-Dismay Challenge.
The video shows a confrontation between Burch and the officer over the placement of a banner.
Burch asked the deputy, “are we having a dance party lawful now?” The deputy said no and persevered to blast the song, the video shows.
When questioned about the song, the deputy said “You can legend all you want, I suitable understand it can’t be posted on YouTube.”
YouTube has an automated copyright gadget, which detects and eliminates unauthorized protected material from being uploaded.
Burch and his organization, the Oakland-based Anti Police-Dismay Challenge, which says it aims to maintain local law enforcement accountable, posted the video to Twitter and later YouTube. The video has been viewed over 800,000 times on Twitter and over 400,000 times on YouTube.
Cop Plays Taylor Swift to Prevent Video Sharing of Him Harassing Protesters ‼️
A cop demanded we movement #Justice4StevenTaylor banners. We asked him why. He pulled out his phone & played a Taylor Swift song.
“You can legend all you want, I suitable understand it can’t be posted to YouTube.” pic.twitter.com/avpf1LUvCd
— Anti Police-Dismay Challenge (@APTPaction) July 1, 2021
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The deputy’s attempts to censor the publication of the video was no longer approved by the sheriff’s office, according to The East Bay Occasions, which identified the deputy in the viral video as Sgt. David Shelby.
“The officer was in search of to be a dinky smart, and it variety of backfired,” Sgt. Ray Kelly, a sheriff’s office spokesman, advised The Submit. “Instead of censoring it, it made it saunter viral.”
The incident is being investigated by the office’s internal affairs department. Kelly added that there just isn’t any longer a policy against blasting song as Shelby did, although the sheriff’s office doesn’t condone his behavior.
“Right here just isn’t any longer a lawful respect for law enforcement,” Kelly advised the newspaper. There may be a “critical lesson learned right here.”
Practice Gabriela Miranda on Twitter: @itsgabbymiranda