A COPPER who posted a cringe video of himself lip-syncing to rap music while on duty is under investigation.
The clip, posted on the TikTok app, shows PC Jonathan Gould singing along to hip-hop track ‘All In’ by ZaeHD and CEO – while apparently guarding a crime scene.
The cop posted a video of him goofing around on the TikTok ap while ‘bored’ on a crime scene
Captioning the clip he said: “Bored on a crime scene…just doing my job” along with the hashtags “cops”, “handcuffs” and “police”.
The cop has more than 7,000 “fans” on the app that lets users create and share short videos with music and camera effects.
More than 600 people “liked” the video.
Others videos showed him mimicking SpongeBob SquarePants while in his police uniform and singing along to ‘Let It Snow’ while dealing with an accident on an icy road.
He has since taken down the offending videos – but his TikTok account is still active.
WHAT IS TIKTOK?
TikTok lets users create and share short videos with music and camera effects.
It is owned by Beijing-based ByteDance, founded by the entrepreneur Zhang Yiming.
The $75 billion conglomerate acquired the Musical.ly app in 2017 and merged it with TikTok, bringing millions of new users.
It is the world’s most downloaded iPhone app – with nearly 800 million downloads across the globe, according to data from mobile research firm Sensor Tower.
Facebook has taken notice of TikTok’s rising popularity, and launched a competitor app called Lasso in November last year.
Last night Avon and Somerset Police, where PC Gould is understood to have worked for almost 20 years, said they were reviewing the clips.
A spokesman said: “We’re aware of videos posted on social media featuring one of our officers.
“We expect the highest standards of professionalism from all our officers and staff at all times and will look at the circumstances relating to the videos closely before deciding what action, if any, is necessary.”
Harry Fone, from the Taxpayers Alliance, blasted: “It is startling that this officer considers uploading inane videos to social media to be the best use of his time on the job.
“Taxpayers want to see police officers out on the beat tackling crime and working for their communities rather than behaving unprofessionally.”
The hugely popular TikTok app is available in 75 languages and was downloaded more than 104 million times on Apple’s App store during the full first half of 2018.
We yesterday revealed how the app has been branded a “magnet for paedophiles” by concerned campaigners and parents.
PC Jonathan Gould has been placed under investigation after the videos came to light
The cop showed off his handcuffs in the TikTok clip
In another video the policeman mimicked SpongeBob SquarePants
The cop was blasted for uploading ‘inane’ videos while on duty
The cop also posted a video of him singing along to ‘Let It Snow’ in his car