NSW Police have responded to backlash over a questionable video recently posted on their TikTok account which shows them appearing to 'stomp' on someone with their boot.
The state's police force is known to share playful and often humorous posts on social media, but concerns were raised over Sunday's clip.
"Uh why on earth would the NSW Police make a 'fun' Tik Tok that features the POV of someone getting stomped on by a policeman in boots?" Twitter used Paige Burton shared online.
"I know this is a common Tik Tok transition but damn READ THE ROOM," she added in the comments.
In the video, the two police officers use the 'stomp transition' trend which is widely used on the social media platform.
Two uniformed officers appear in the video before one places the phone on the ground and proceeds to cover the camera with the bottom of their shoe.
Suddenly, the video cuts to them standing next to the Sydney Opera House in Circular Quay during Vivid, but it's their choice of transition that's rubbed some the wrong way.
NSW Police apologise for 'offensive' video
Commenting on their video, NSW Police acknowledged the concerns raised by many and apologised to anyone they offended.
"We’d like to acknowledge concerns raised by members of the community and apologise to anyone who may have been offended by the transition we used," they said.
Their response follows a string of backlash on TikTok and other social media channels with people raising concerns about police brutality.
One said the clip is "disturbing, violent and intimidating" and called on them to "do better".
Some agreed it's "not the best look" for NSW Police, particularly since the video was taken from the point of view of a civilian, they pointed out.
"Y'all really didn't think this one through huh," one commented.
"Wow, talking about missing the mark," another wrote.
Others questioned the approval process and wondered how it could be posted to begin with.
"Who ok’d a stomp video?" one questioned.
While another wrote: "Wow tiktok is really not for everyone! thank you to NSW police for proving that!"
Some, however, didn't see the issue and admitted they "loved" the "awesome" TikTok attempt.
"I love this page," one shared.
"NSW Police have better transitions than me," another joked.
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