Breanna Straus is a Washington State Federal Way police officer whose TikTok video has sparked controversy.
“Get the f*** out of the way,” she said repeatedly in the now-deleted video.
According to Indy100, the video first appeared in news reports in July 2022. However, it went viral again in September 2022. The video went viral after being posted on Reddit and other social media platforms.
KIRO7-TV first broke the news of the video on July 1, 2022.
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According to Seattle Weekly, which reported on the TikTok video in mid-August 2022, Straus was “banned after the department found two conduct violations.”
She works for the Federal Way Police Department in Washington State.
“When we drive our police car on the highway, get out of the way, get the f*** out of the way,” she says in the TikTok video. “If you merge, and we follow you, and we merge, you probably have a problem. I can go 90 miles an hour, you can’t. You can’t. So get the f*** out of the way. If we officers stay behind you long enough, we can find a reason to hold you aside.”
According to Seattle Weekly, Straus was investigated in July for “social media and personal conduct” and was given a 10-hour suspension without pay, which is “one shift” from Police Chief Andy Hwang.
Police gave KIRO7 a statement when the video was first revealed. “The Federal Way Police Department emphasizes professionalism in every aspect of our mission and will not tolerate actions by any employee, whether employed or not, that tarnish the agency’s reputation. We value the trust our community has in the Federal Way Police Department and we strive every day to earn and maintain the trust of the public,” it reads.
“We have reviewed the social media video posted by Officer Straus and can assure you that it does not represent our police’s core values and practices. The Federal Way Police has a reputation for being respectful, courteous, and professional and committed to serving the community at the highest level.”
The reactions to the Reddit video were not kind to Straus. “Karen joined the police,” one person wrote.
“The awful attitude aside, this is an annoying sounding person,” wrote another. “The cringe was strong in this,” wrote another person.
Another Reddit user wrote: “She probably talks like that in every conversation and is secretly hated by people she works with.”
Another concluded: “People like this shouldn’t be police officers or even drive, period. You go with the flow of traffic and pass when you have to, you don’t always have to be at the front.”
Another wrote: “PSA. You are the reason why people don’t like cops. Your message does the opposite of what you intended.”
According to the Federal Way Mirror, Straus has been a police officer in that community since 2021.
Seattle Weekly reported that police had not received any complaints about Straus.
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