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NYPD Officer Suspended Without Pay After Saying ‘Trump 2020’ While on Duty

A police officer in New York has been suspended without pay after he was seen in a video using the loudspeaker from one of the department’s patrol SUV’s in violation of a policy against endorsing political candidates while on duty, NYPD officials said.

The footage posted on Twitter shows an unidentified person using offensive language toward the NYPD officer over the weekend in the Flatbush area in Brooklyn, challenging him to repeat the slogan “Trump 2020,” which he allegedly said before the video was recorded.

“Trump 2020,” the officer is heard saying, following repeated threats from the pedestrian. “Put it on YouTube. Put it on Facebook. Trump 2020,” the officer continued, according to another video taken from another angle.

“Suspended without pay; The police officer who is under investigation for using a department vehicle’s loud speaker for political purposes has been suspended, effective immediately,” the department wrote on Twitter.

It is unclear what started the verbal altercation between the officer and the pedestrian who recorded the video.

A witness who saw the incident unfolding from his apartment building told New York Daily News the pedestrian raised his finger towards the officer because the patrol vehicle was parked in a crosswalk with lights flashing.

New York Police Commissioner Dermot Shea responded to the officer his behavior on Twitter, calling his actions “one hundred percent unacceptable.”

“Law enforcement MUST remain apolitical, reassuring the public that we will enforce the law fairly and without prejudice regardless of anyone’s political beliefs,” the commissioner said.

Mayor Bill de Blasio also addressed the incident, promising a swift response, noting that the officer his behavior will not be tolerated.

“Let me be clear: ANY NYPD Officer pushing ANY political agenda while on duty will face consequences,” the New York mayor wrote on Twitter.

De Blasio also said last week that he didn’t think New York City police officers would let their personal political views bleed into their professional responsibilities.

“You’re going to have police officers that have views across the spectrum, but I also think we’ve seen overwhelmingly officers leave their politics at home and they go and do what has to be done to keep people safe and to respect peaceful protest,” de Blasio said at a news briefing last Tuesday, The Associated Press reported.

“Any officer who can’t or won’t do that we have to discipline and we have to address, but I don’t get an indication that that is a widespread challenge.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

From NTD News



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