Realtor Says Cop Should Jump Into Oncoming Traffic, Faces Backlash

A Tennessee realtor received backlash from an anti-police social media post.

​La Vergne, TN – A real estate agent in Tennessee attracted a lot of attention after he made a social media post telling a police officer to jump into traffic.

Jayme Cleveland, a real estate agent with Exit Realty of the South, made the comment on a video posted on a Facebook page

The video showed a woman, who had been pulled over because she had no brake lights, refusing to give police her driver’s license.

The driver cited an irrelevant case law to state that traffic infractions are not crimes, and then pushed her mistaken belief that drivers are only required to identify themselves if they commit a crime.

In reality, states criminalize failure to identify yourself if stopped while driving.

After numerous officers arrived and gave her every opportunity to identify herself, she remained locked in her car and refused to cooperate.

Police eventually had to break the car window to get to the woman.

Most of the comments posted to the video’s thread supported the officers’ actions, and said the woman should have followed police commands.

But the Tennessee real estate agent had a different opinion on the incident.

“Find something better to do damn cop. Or jump into on coming traffic,” Cleveland posted.​

​Some Facebook users then shared screenshots of it throughout the law enforcement community.

Immediately, his business Facebook reviews took a hit, and his star rating dropped from 5 to 2.3. The page has since been taken down.

“I was just messing around. It was a kneejerk reaction to the actual video. I didn’t really even read any of the comments. I’m definitely sorry. I know it’s made some folks mad,” Cleveland told Blue Lives Matter on Friday.

He said he wrote the post because he “disagreed with the part of the video where they’re breaking out her windows.” He has since deleted the post.

“Of course, I don’t want to see anybody killed or maimed,” Cleveland said. “They’re supposed to be there to protect us.”

He said he’s had numerous police, and other first responders, as real estate clients in the past.

He's also had personal experience with police during his arrest a few months ago.​

​On July 1, 2017, Cleveland was arrested and charged with domestic assault, and two counts of retaliation for past action. His wife, Catherine Cleveland, requested and was granted an order of protection against her husband the same day.

Cleveland and his wife later reconciled, and the charges and protection order were dropped.

His employers at Exit Realty of the South learned of people’s displeasure with Cleveland’s post via phone calls and many posts to their social media pages.

“I jumped Jayme up and down this morning, and he said it was just a bad moment, and he wasn’t thinking when he sent it. I was like dude you can’t do this,” Dan Bush, managing partner at Exit Realty of the South, told Blue Lives Matter.

“This is not at all reflective of the opinion of Exit Realty,” Bush said. “I apologize for him. I apologize for Exit Realty of the South. I had nothing to do with [the Facebook post], but I am apologizing for him because I’m responsible for this [company].”

He said that Cleveland has worked with Exit Realty of the South for about a year and a half, and he’s never shared any anti-police sentiments in the past.

“I’ve been selling real estate for 19 years. He wouldn’t work with us if this was something that happened regularly,” Bush said.

Cleveland, for his part, said he regretted making the comment, but also said he’s very angry about how law enforcement supporters on social media responded to his opinion.

“They’re trying to get me fired,” he complained, pointing out messages sent to his business’s Facebook page. “They all banded together and flooded my page with lies.”

Cleveland said he’s never met any of the posters putting negative reviews on his social media pages.

He said he’s received hate mail, including death threats, from Facebook users who he believed were law enforcement officers.

“I found some of these guys. I’d like to have them arrested,” Cleveland said.

When asked, Cleveland was unable to provide any evidence of death threats or that anybody who contacted him was actually a police officer, but he did show that people were being mean to him.​

EDITOR'S NOTE: Sharing your opinion on social media is great, but please don't contact a person or their employer directly.

Would you use a realtor who posted a nasty comment about police? We'd like to hear from you. Please let us know in the comments.

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AnnykaV
AnnykaV

Nope, not a chance. Everyone is allowed opinions, even ill-informed, nonsensical ones. However, everyone is also allowed to choose which businesses and individuals with which to engage services. I would not pay someone who has exhibited such behavior. The managing partner of this firm handled it well, and he and the others working there should not be economically punished because of it. If this gasbag crosses the line again, I think the managing partner has every reason to kick him to the curb. Private statements can reflect badly on your employer. When you connect the two on social media, you can't unring that bell.

Betts1221
Betts1221

Cleveland is clearly an ass. But the bitch who wouldn't show her drivers license should do some time for not complying with police officers request to see her drivers license.

Teijeiro2
Teijeiro2

A. I agree with the tweeter who sais this guy is a DRUNK, take 1 look at him. A DRUNK! B. His bitch wife gets him arrested and he gets mad at THE COPS? Bitch wife gets a restraining order and he gets mad at THE COPS? Oh, he "reconciled" with the bitch, but he's still mad at THE COPS? C. He sees another bitch breaking the law and he gets mad at THE COPS? CONCLUSION? HE HATES COPES, PURE AND SIMPLE! Anyone in law enforcement, has a family member in law enforcement, works in the court system, or who just OBEYS THE LAW, should NEVER consider using EXIT Realty of the South, as long as this ass works there.

StandsWithPolice
StandsWithPolice

No I would not have dealings with a person who disrespects our Laws and those who are here to Serve and Protect Citizens. The way I see it and this is not excusing his careless and crass behavior is he was pulled over a short time ago and is still resenting police for it. He needs to get help for his anger. He spoke out of turn yes and he spoke out of past feelings he has not let go of. His wife needs to get him help or he will end up losing everything that is important to him. His anger is consuming his common sense. I love and respect our 2 and 4 legged Protectors in Blue and would stand with them any day but we all know not everyone feels that way and will just have to learn the hard way why we need you around. God bless you all and your families!

bronx163
bronx163

Local cops should do a checkpoint at every open house this guy does for selling homes and checkpoint on the block of his real estate office.
Do zero tolerance enforcement. Destroy him in paper. Shit bag cop hater. Hope savages snatch him up and when he calls 911 cops laugh at his liberal shit bag ass.