LENOIR CITY, Tenn. (WATE) — A video containing “offensive and inappropriate lyrics” on the social media platform Tik Tok showing a Loudon County Sheriff’s Office lieutenant has led to his demotion.
Lt. Patrick Upton was demoted Thursday, Oct. 24, to detective sergeant after an investigation into the video.
He released a statement Monday night in response to the demotion and to the feedback.
“After reviewing the video, and interviewing Lieutenant Upton, it was quite clear to me that his conduct in the video was unbecoming of any officer, and especially a ranking member of LCSO’s leadership team,” Sheriff Tim Guider said in a news release on Monday.
The video was taken while on duty and show Upton dancing in uniform to the offensive lyrics.
Upton was also relieved of his supervisory position in the Criminal Investigations Division of LCSO. Chief Deputy Jimmy Davis will take over as supervisor of CID.
“Detective Sergeant Upton has assured me that the video he made that led to this investigation and demotion has been removed from his social media accounts,” Guider said.
Upton released a statement to WATE 6 On Your Side Monday night:
“I have been a full time officer since 1986. I did not intend to do anything detrimental and I think everyone knows me knows that’s true including the person or persons that has pushed this to this point. I made some videos that weren’t meant to harm anyone but I should have used better judgement but I’m human. I have a lot of support from people even from ones I’ve have arrested. I’m going to move on and keep on doing what I do best and that’s investigations. I would like to thank everyone that has called or texted in support of me. Now the part about me making fun of domestic violence is not true. It’s just the opposite. I have never seen anything take off like this but again I should have never done any of them and tried to get them off earlier. But other than that I’m moving on thank you. Also if anyone is wondering I’ve had one write-up in 32 years. No other demotions, suspensions, firings at all.”Patrick Upton