An NYPD officer has been suspended and is now under investigation after a video surfaced on social media of a cop yelling “Trump 2020” through 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) walks up to a cop car and asks the cop to “Do it again.” The cop does not say anything, but the citizen begins to taunt the cop, effectively baiting him. The cop responds saying, “Trump 2020, after which the man calls the cop a fascist amidst a stream of curses.
NYPD officers in Flatbush were allegedly saying “Trump 2020” over and over again on their patrol car’s speaker tonight.
They stopped when someone started filming but couldn’t resist one more — in violation of the NYPD’s policy against endorsing candidates on duty. pic.twitter.com/BJMv4UCvnd
— talia ‘stop filming faces’ jane (@itsa_talia) October 25, 2020
The video quickly went viral. Calls began for NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to respond. Both men did Sunday morning. De Blasio said on Twitter that “We will act fast here, and this will not be tolerated.”
Commissioner Shea called the incident “One hundred percent unacceptable. Period,” adding that updates will follow an investigation.
The NYPD Patrol Guide states officers on duty are prohibited from “endorsing political candidates or publicly expressing personal views and opinions concerning the merits of: any political party or candidate for public office; any public policy matter or legislation pending before any government body; or any matter to be decided by a pubic election, except with the permission of the police commissioner.”
The NYPD has a history of officers making political & outside the norm statements & ignoring it. Suspending, this officer is unnecessary & way over the top. Chief of Departrnent took a knee with protestors no disciplinary action was issued. What if the officer supported Biden? https://t.co/svklwHo5Ey pic.twitter.com/6TfUO397mO
— SBA (@SBANYPD) October 25, 2020