An NYPD official has been suspended and is currently under investigation after a video surfaced on social media of a police officer shouting "Trump 2020" over the loudspeaker of a patrol car.
Talia Jane, a freelance reporter, tweeted the video on social media Saturday night. In the video, a citizen (not Jane) goes to a patrol car and asks the cop to do it again. The policeman doesn't say anything, but the citizen begins to mock the policeman and effectively bait him. The policeman replied with the words: “Trump 2020, then the man calls the policeman a fascist amid a stream of curses.
NYPD officials in Flatbush reportedly kept saying "Trump 2020" on the loudspeaker of their police car this evening.
They stopped when someone started filming, but couldn't resist anyone – a violation of the NYPD's policy of supporting candidates on duty. pic.twitter.com/BJMv4UCvnd
– talia ‘stop filming faces’ jane (@itsa_talia) October 25, 2020
The video quickly went viral. NYPD Commissioners Dermot Shea and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio were urged to respond. Both men have Sunday mornings. De Blasio said on Twitter: "We will act quickly here and this will not be tolerated."
Commissioner Shea called the incident "one hundred percent unacceptable. Period, ”adds that updates are made after an investigation.
The NYPD Patrol Guide officer on duty is prohibited from “approving political candidates or publicly expressing personal views and opinions on the merits of any political party or candidate for public office; any public matter or legislation pending before any government agency; or any matter that must be decided by a public vote, except with the permission of the Police Commissioner. "
Meanwhile, the Sergeants Benevolent Association, a police union in New York City, called the suspension unnecessary and asked if the result would have been the same if the officer had approved of Biden.
The NYPD has a history of officers making and ignoring political and out of the norm statements. Suspended, this officer is unnecessary and far exaggerated. Department heads knelt with protesters, no disciplinary action was taken. What if the officer supported Biden? https://t.co/svklwHo5Ey pic.twitter.com/6TfUO397mO
– SBA (@SBANYPD) October 25, 2020
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