An NYPD police officer in a predominantly Black area of Brooklyn went viral after a video of him surfaced blarring “Trump 2020” over his patrol vehicle's speaker. He has now been suspended without pay.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio tweeted on Oct. 25, “Let me be clear: ANY NYPD Officer pushing ANY political agenda while on duty will face consequences. We will act fast here, and this will not be tolerated.”
The person who recorded the incident, Brandon Hines, explained to NBC News that he heard commotion and saw a bystander arguing with the police officer, "It wasn’t even about the 'Trump 2020,' I just went to make sure that person had another pair of eyes on them to make sure they’re safe.”
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See the video below:
It is against NYPD policy for officers to endorse a political candidate or share personal views while in uniform or on duty, according to NYPD's patrol guide. However, the NYPD Union did publicly endorse Trump in September.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea issued a statement via Twitter saying that the incident was "one hundred percent unacceptable."
"Law Enforcement must remain apolitical, it is essential in our role to serve ALL New Yorkers regardless of any political beliefs," Shea said. "It is essential for New Yorkers to trust their Police."
This isn’t the first officer who has made their political inclinations public. According to CNN, a Miami Police Officer was photographed wearing a "Trump 2020" face mask while in uniform. The incident was deemed a "violation of departmental policy," and the officer will face disciplinary measures.
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