#TrampolineGate - Deputy Under Investigation For Jumping On Trampoline
Kernville, CA – Surveillance footage of a uniformed Kern County sheriff’s deputy bouncing on a trampoline has led to an internal investigation by the department.
Facebook user TanyaLee Smith shared the video on the social media platform on Saturday.
According to the video’s timestamp, it was recorded just before 11:30 a.m. on Feb. 8.
“Kern county sheriffs as [they] protect and serve and spend our tax dollars wisely,” Smith captioned the video.
The footage showed five uniformed law enforcement officers as they walked through a cluttered, fenced-in area, then stopped near a large trampoline.
After they spoke for a moment, two deputies tapped the trampoline with their batons before one of them climbed up onto it and began bouncing, the video showed.
Another deputy appeared to record him with his phone, as the other officers wandered off-screen.
A moment later, the deputy leapt off of the trampoline, and they all walked out of the frame.
“These sheriff’s have continued to have nothing better to do then continually harass my daughter’s father for years and years and have literally made his life hell,” Smith wrote in a comment on the video thread.
“They think it’s a game and are ruining his life as if they don’t have anything better to do like their jobs,” she railed. “It’s bull s--t and I wish there was something that could be done.”
Smith did not name her daughter’s father, nor did she elaborate on how Kern County deputies have ruined his life.
It was also unclear if her outrage was due to the video of the deputy jumping on a trampoline, or if she was upset by some other incident.
Smith has not responded to Blue Lives Matter’s request for comment.
The Kern County Sheriff’s Office said that the incident is a “personnel issue,” and that they are “looking into” the video, KERO reported.
You can watch the deputy testing out the trampoline in the video below: