The New York Police Department is investigating an incident Saturday evening where a police officer in a patrol cruiser in Brooklyn blared "Trump 2020" through the loudspeaker - and urged bystanders to film it, reported RT News.
"Trump 2020," the officer said several times. Multiple videos show the incident, which appears to include at least three officers. By Monday morning, the video uploaded to Twitter has a little more than 2 million views, sparking backlash from officials and residents.
Police officer in Brooklyn uses a loudspeaker to say "Trump 2020" while on the job pic.twitter.com/ZujQIfqonH— Fifty Shades of Whey (@davenewworld_2) October 25, 2020
The NYPD tweeted Sunday morning they were aware of the incident and said, "it is under investigation by our Brooklyn South Investigation Unit."
"Police officers must remain apolitical," the department said.
We are aware of this video and it is under investigation by our Brooklyn South Investigation Unit.— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 25, 2020
Police officers must remain apolitical. https://t.co/a3XyWCNceb
In another tweet, the NYPD said the officer who used the "vehicle's loudspeaker for political purposes had been suspended, effective immediately."
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.— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 25, 2020
A second video, recorded by a passerby, told the officer in the car to "do it again," referring him to use the loudspeaker to tout "Trump 2020." Sure enough, the officer did, blaring "Trump 2020," causing the passerby, presumably a liberal, to ignite in hate and called the officer a "f**king fascist."
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said the incident was "one hundred percent unacceptable. Period."
"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."
One hundred percent unacceptable. Period.— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) October 25, 2020
Law Enforcement must remain apolitical, it is essential in our role to serve ALL New Yorkers regardless of any political beliefs.
It is essential for New Yorkers to trust their Police.
Updates to follow after initial investigation. https://t.co/C4zyVYWZvN
While some commend the NYPD for immediately suspending the officer, critics, or mainly liberals, went berserk, saying City Hall and NYPD were not doing enough to enforce division in policing and politics.
"My tax dollars did not pay for NYPD officers to broadcast Trump 2020 from their cruiser," one resident tweeted.
"Meanwhile, NYPD is using taxpayer dollars to blast 'Trump 2020' from their loudspeakers," activist Matt Sutton said.
This is not the first time a police department has launched a similar investigation. Last week, the Miami Police Department investigated one of its officers wearing a "Trump 2020" face mask while in uniform.