VIDEO: Texas Deputy Gets Fired For On-Duty Rant In Viral Video

A Texas deputy was terminated after his rant about police work - in uniform - went viral.

Athens, TX – A Texas sheriff’s deputy whose rant video went viral has found himself relieved of duty (video below).

Former Henderson County Senior Sheriff’s Deputy Keon Mack said he had no idea that the rant he filmed in uniform in his patrol vehicle would go viral when he posted it to his Instagram account.

Mack, 30, said he made the video because he wanted to make the point to people that he’s the same person whether he’s working or not.

“I just wanted to let people know - you know, everybody that hates the police – especially the black community who looks at us like we’re siding with the oppressors. My whole point of the video was ‘look I’m a normal guy. Even though you guys swear you hate us, you still call us – even in the craziest situations. Don’t hate us – we’re here for you. I’m a normal guy and I’m here for you on a daily basis,” Mack explained to Blue Lives Matter in a telephone interview.

Mack, who has worked for the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office in both a detention and patrol capacity for almost six years, recorded his rant while he was in full uniform, sitting in his patrol vehicle, at the beginning of a long shift.

“I’m gonna go get this 12-hour shift man, but uh, real tough man – everybody wanna say ‘f--k the police,’ man. Say – f--k you!" the deputy’s rant began.

"Sh--t, every time Pookie Earl hit the g-----n wet stick and he come in the house trippin on a [unintelligible] you wanna call me… say f--k me, no f--k you man, sh-t. I ain’t got time to be fighting his naked a--,” Mack continued.

A “wet stick” was a 1980’s term for marijuana that has been soaked in liquid PCP, heroin, acid, or embalming fluid, according to the Urban Dictionary.

Although scientists have yet to link the use of “wet” drugs to violent behavior, officers have reported that suspects who have used those drugs often exhibit bizarre and unpredictable behavior during arrests, and seem to have super human strength.

PCP does work as an anesthetic and numbs pain, Time reported, which can make it more difficult to subdue an out-of-control suspect.

“Sh-t, hit his ass with the Taser – that sh-t don’t work. Try to square up with the motherf--ker – that shit don’t work. I’m like man, I’m gonna say ‘you got it, bro. You got it – I ain’t even gonna fight with you, man,’” the officer continued, sounding frustrated.

“Say man, it’s tough out here though man. I can’t do this sh-t forever – they’re gonna kill me out here man. Y’all like, comment, share my videos. Let me get viral so I can put my two week notice in,” the officer finished the video by asking viewers to make his video famous so he can leave his job before something happens to him.

Responses to the video were widely varied, with many in law enforcement saying that while it was funny, it was “conduct unbecoming” a law enforcement officer.

Unfortunately for Mack, Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse agreed.

Former-Deputy Mack told Blue Lives Matter that he posted the video rant at the beginning of his shift, and went home and went to bed afterwards.

“I had just posted it to my friends that followed me. I didn’t know it would have four million views when I woke up. I was like holy moly!” he said. However, his initial post also tagged a number of viral video sites and famous people including WorldStar and Snoop Dog.

And then the sheriff’s department called.

“I woke up and my phone was blowing up, then shortly thereafter I get a phone call from the second in command at [the department] telling me some things had transpired, and ‘you better go ahead and bring your gear in,’” Mack chuckled as he recalled the conversation.

He said he knew he had taken a huge risk when he filmed the rant. He’d already been considering leaving the sheriff’s office, and had discussed giving his two weeks’ notice with his supervisor and the sheriff before he made the video.

Mack said nobody gave him an actual reason when they terminated him. But he wasn’t complaining and said it’s an at-will department and he knew he could be terminated at any time if the sheriff wanted to do so.

Sheriff Hillhouse told Blue Lives Matter that Mack’s video had violated a number of department policies.

He seemed disappointed in Mack’s judgement and said he didn’t see it coming.

“I think a lot of Deputy Mack and I always have. It caught me off guard,” Sheriff Hillhouse told Blue Lives Matter. “And you know that’s just not how I want our deputies representing me. So we had to address it.”

The sheriff said he didn’t have any grudges against the former deputy, and that he wouldn’t stand in his way should he apply to another police agency at some point in the future. He said he wouldn’t hire him back in Henderson County though.

“In this county, we work well together with our citizens. They take care of us. Just because you have one call with a bad response to a situation, that’s not the time to go off. We need to remember the folks we’re out here doing the job for every day. That’s who we’re working for,” Sheriff Hillhouse said.

He said he didn’t want the rant of a frustrated deputy to undo all of the positive progress that they’re making in the community.

“People were upset. That’s a direct reflection of me. And how they conduct their business in their personal and professional lives reflects on me. I try to remind them of that all the time,” the sheriff said.

“We chose this career and unfortunately, the citizens look at us differently. I think we are held to a higher standard. I just want to make sure the people that work for me are doing what they’re supposed to be doing in representing the sheriff’s office,” he said.

Sheriff Hillhouse said he felt the video was disrespectful to him as the sheriff, and to the community at large.

Mack, for his part, harbors no bad feelings toward the sheriff or anybody else at his former department, and said that he had never worked with a bad cop in Henderson County.

He said he’s gotten a lot of support from his former colleagues.

“I’ve had buddies want to buy me beers saying ‘dude, you were saying what we’ve all be thinking for years,’” Mack said.

He said he knew what he was doing when he made the video, and had accepted the consequences.

“It really was a very public last hurrah. I hate the state of the country when we’re so divided and it really all boils down to race. Even though I took it in a humorous context – I was sending a real message. ‘I do [police work] because I want to give back to you guys and I want you to know I’m a person just like you,’” Mack said.

He seemed sad when he talked about leaving the sheriff’s department.

“I loved my job. It’s definitely not about the money. I grew up around drugs. I grew up around gangs. I grew up in inner city Dallas. I grew up around things that could have landed me in jail. That’s why I went into law enforcement. I definitely loved it – I still love it to this day. But there’s an unspoken kind of code – they’re always tough, they always stay in line – a lot of them come off as robots. They can’t empathize with people and have no connection with people. I don’t want to be like that,” Mack said.

He said it’s very frustrating being a black cop in America today.

“My message was ‘Hey, I need you as much as you need me. I can’t do my job successfully and comfortably if I feel like no matter what I do or how I do my job, somebody’s going to say I’m doing it wrong. But no matter what you say about me or to me, if you call for help, I’m still going to come help you,’” Mack explained.

The former deputy said he was still processing the sudden change in employment status, and said he was considering doing security work until he figures out his next steps. He’s got a budding career as a comedian but doesn’t think that will pay the bills just yet.

In the video that got him fired, Mack joked about making it go viral so he could quit his day job. He got his wish, but it remains to be seen what comes next.

You can watch the video that got Mack terminated on his Instagram below:

Comments (19)
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Marxest
Marxest

That is a horrible injustice. Well, I'm sure his being black influenced the decision to fire him. Well, good luck on his replacement.

GK18
GK18

I agree that this is BS that this deputy was terminated but please don’t start the race thing. We deal with enough of the race issues on the street. I hope this deputy gets his job back, he just spoke the truth.

Logic Required
Logic Required

People like you immediately going in to making it about race is the reason he made this video, funny how you can’t even see it.

Budman
Budman

Just telling what every Law Enforcement Officer go through!! The truth!!

BunnyBear714
BunnyBear714

I feel bad for him. For what it's worth, I do not think his race is what got him fired, as someone posted. People are getting fired for "tweets." This was a VIDEO with 4m views. The Sheriff had no choice. I wish him the best.

John.Brown
John.Brown

Cops need to stay off of social media. He could have avoided this.

NoBackupNearby
NoBackupNearby

I respect him, and I think he's been on long enough to know how this was going to go. I darn sure wish him the best of luck and hope someone out there recognizes he's got some experience and honesty that can be put to good use.

ReserveDepty3431
ReserveDepty3431

John_Brown, why should cops not be on social media? Are they not allowed to do things that anyone else is? YOU should stay off social media. It seems that you’re far too damned dumb to be allowed an opinion.

John.Brown
John.Brown

If you don't understand why, I'll never be able to explain it to a "reserve" deputy. Your own comment shows your lack of intelligence. You say they should be able to do what they want and then say I should stay off social media. Sound thinking, Reserve.

Ofc.Lee
Ofc.Lee

@John.Brown sorry, but you're the only one showing lack of intelligence. The constitution applies to all. All have the right to voice opinions, although departments can make their own policies in regards to social media. This video is an example of what happens when people begin to push someone to the point of feeling like all is hopeless. The way you speak down to a "reserve deputy" is quite disgusting, and shows you're one of the many disrespectful people out there.

-From a non-reserve, full-time officer 👌

John.Brown
John.Brown

The fact that you refer to yourself as a non-reserve officer tells alot about you. I spent 25 years as a police officer (we don't have part-time cops where I live). All I am saying is that police officers will do better if they stay off social media. If they feel the absolute need to be on it, it is best to keep it well regulated (only visible to friends and family) and stay away from pronouncements that can unknowingly bring problems to your department or yourself. Most officers I know that are still working, use social media very sparingly. They keep their occupation off of it and just use it to stay in touch with friends and families. And when you take that oath, you need to accept that you need to live your life in a way that it beyond reproach. You are representing something bigger than yourself.

charlesjandecka
charlesjandecka

He was just "airing out," something that needs to be done every so often. It relieves the tension, helps to refocus and reinvigorates the soul. Management should know these things ...

61mouse
61mouse

He said he didn't think it would go viral but yet at end he asks for it to go viral .....With that said I do agree with what he's trying to get across. Mainly I think he and his fellow brothers and sisters in blue DONT have have the backings of the commissioner ,police chief ,mayor . They all jump the gun before the TRUTH IS OUT THERE.Like the incident in Georgia.

HCD_is_my_bitch
HCD_is_my_bitch

He has experience, and only got fired for voicing his opinion, assuming he wasn't a screw up, a neighboring county will pick him up. (also assuming he still wants to stay in Law Enforcement)

Thatway
Thatway

He should have been fired! he knew the job when he took it! how is he here for us and telling us fuck us in the same breath. that's what's wrong with a lot of colors that want to be seen. the number one rule is for you to sat your ass down and humble yourself. you can tell when a mfer is all over the place they talk in circles just like him! stay your unstable ass away from! please

Kee90
Kee90

Meanwhile other cops get paid leave for bashing innocent civilians heads in.

MrLEEJr
MrLEEJr

Wondering how many bad cops did he turn in? after all bad ones make s his point mute

John.Brown
John.Brown

@MrLEEJr, your first troll post has a lot to be desired. You might want to retry stringing 2 coherent sentences together after your high has worn off.

Visions
Visions

You have got to be kidding. He has gotten fired for telling the truth about he feels. Umm buts its ok to shoot and kill unarmed citizens. I'm confused here.