A New York police officer was suspended on Sunday after he was caught on video repeatedly saying “Trump 2020” on the loudspeaker of his patrol car while on duty in a Brooklyn neighborhood.
The New York Police Department (NYPD) did not identify the officer but said he was suspended without pay.
“Police officers who are investigating for using the loud speaker of a department vehicle for political purposes have been suspended with immediate effect,” the department said On Sunday afternoon.
“The police officers should remain politically indifferent,” said a department official. Tweet
The NYPD began an investigation into the incident on Sunday after two videos of the officer were widely shared on Saturday night.
In a video shared on Twitter by Brandon Hines, the officer is heard saying, “Trump 2020. Put on YouTube, put it on Facebook. Trump 2020. Take a picture, take a picture, take a video. Take it on your Put on. Facebook, put it in your YouTube. Have some fun. ”
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NYPD policy prohibits officers on duty or in uniform from “endorsing political candidates or publicly expressing opinions about the qualities of any political party or public candidate”.
Talia Jane, a freelance journalist, shared another video, which was recorded by an unknown person after he allegedly got into a confrontation with the officer on Saturday night.
In Series of tweets, Jane said that she interviewed the person who filmed the video and described the moments facing the officer as “Trump 2020.”
She said that the person recording the video told her that he had gotten off the patrol car as it was stopping a crosswalk at Flatbush, prompting an officer on the passenger side of the patrol vehicle to disembark him.
Jane said the two started arguing and the officer allegedly released her.
Jane said that according to the source, the officer shouted “Trump 2020” on behalf of the driver and threatened to arrest him for blocking traffic.
Jane said that upon coming back from a bodaga, the man again exchanged words with the officers. The officer on the driver’s side pointed at the speaker of the patrol car to say “Trump 2020,” prompting the man to start filming the encounter.
“Do it again,” the man is heard in the video telling the officer on the driver’s side. “What? You can’t say ‘Trump 2020’ now that you’re fucking pussy? Say it again,” the man tells the officer.
“Trump 2020,” the official says on the cruiser’s megaphone.
“Fuck yourself, you fucking fascist,” the man filming the video tells the officer.
When the officer repeats “Trump 2020” above the speaker and dares to put the video on social media.
NYPD Chief Terence Monahan said on Sunday, “When you wear our uniform, you are bound to be political.” “This type of behavior will not be tolerated and dealt with,” the chief said.
On Tuesday, a Miami police officer was disciplined following the dress of a Trump supporter, when he was in full uniform and with his gun at an early polling place.
Called the miami police Officer behavior “Unacceptable” and said it was a violation of departmental policy that was “being addressed immediately.”
Miami-Dad State Attorney Catherine Fernandez said in a statement, “Wearing a police uniform at a polling place expressing a political opinion can be considered as an official message for potential voters to express a political vote.” incident.