Yet another Orange County Sheriff's Office deputy has been disciplined for posting TikToks while in uniform.
Shortly after OCSO deputy Shelby Abramson was suspended for her posts to the platform, investigators began looking into the account of deputy Sha Quan Smith-Ramsay. Of the 88 videos Smith-Ramsay shared to the social media app between May of last year and the beginning of the investigation in January, 53 of them showed him in uniform. Videos that investigators believed cast the department in a negative light ran afoul of the OCSO policy against unbecoming conduct. Ramsay-Smith was suspended for 100 hours without pay.
While the report issued by investigators admitted that many of these videos were benign, they noted several were set to music that contained explicit lyrics. One video featured a filter that made it appear Ramsay-Smith was in a room filled with smoke. Further videos showed Ramsay-Smith appearing unenthusiastic about his job, joking about waiting for the weekend while dawdling in an office chair.
“When creating the videos containing the inappropriate content, Deputy Smith-Ramsay was wearing his agency-issued Orange County Sheriff’s Office uniform and, on several occasions, was working on-duty in a work setting. 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 report read, per WKMG.
That language echoes the ruling on fellow cop TikTokker Abramson, who was also suspended under the department's policy around officer conduct.
We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.
Email us at [email protected].
Support Local Journalism.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Orlando Weekly Press Club for as little as $5 a month.
Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.