Edmonton Police say they broke up a large gathering of at least 125 people at the Khrome Beauty Lounge early Sunday. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Edmonton Police say they broke up a large gathering of at least 125 people at the Khrome Beauty Lounge early Sunday. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Edmonton police remove TikTok video, complaints it was outdated and intimidating

Following thousands of views, video was removed

EDMONTON — The Edmonton Police Service says it has removed a video on its official TikTok account after complaints it promoted outdated gender norms, violence and intimidation.

A police spokeswoman says in a statement that the 25-second video, which was meant to be lighthearted, missed the mark.

The video showed an officer kicking a door open and chugging two cans of beer as he walks toward the camera and tosses the cans to the ground.

A caption noted the officer was getting into his cruiser in a hurry because his wife had texted him that a boy was picking up their daughter for a date.

The officer appeared to be re-enacting an entrance often made by six-time World Wrestling Federation champion Stone Cold Steve Austin as he angrily entered the wrestling ring after drinking a can of beer.

Following thousands of views, the video was removed and police clarified that no alcohol was actually consumed for the video.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 10, 2021.

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