NYPD Officer Suspended For Saying ‘Trump 2020’ Over Patrol Vehicle Speaker

A New York City police officer is suspended without pay after videos shared over social media Saturday night appeared to show him using his patrol vehicle’s speaker to say “Trump 2020.”

The department’s official NYPD News Twitter account shared one video posted of the incident and said that the Brooklyn South Investigation Unit was investigating the matter. NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea also commented on the matter, calling the incident “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 tweeted.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also commented on the incident through his Twitter account on Sunday.

“Let me be clear: ANY NYPD Officer pushing ANY political agenda while on duty will face consequences,” the mayor said. “We will act fast here, and this will not be tolerated.”

The NYPD News provided an update Sunday afternoon that said the officer was suspended without pay effective immediately while he was under investigation.

Two different videos were shared online of what appeared to be the same incident from Saturday night. In the one retweeted by the NYPD, which contains profane language, a person is apparently confronting the officer and telling him to “do it again.” It is unclear what happened prior to the videos being recorded.

“Trump 2020,” the officer said over the loud speaker after being told to “say it again.”

The person recording then calls the officer a “f—— facist.”

Endorsing a political candidate or sharing personal views while in uniform or while on duty is outlined as prohibited conduct in the NYPD’s patrol guide.

The interaction seemed to occur in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn. Saturday was also the start of early in-person voting in New York City, with thousands of residents turning out to polling sites across the five boroughs.

Brandon Hines posted a video taken by a roommate from their apartment window, which picks up at the end of exchange documented in the other video.

“Trump 2020,” the officer said again. “Put it on YouTube, put it on Facebook. Trump 2020.”

Hines, a screenwriter who has lived in Flatbush since 2013, confirmed that he and his roommate witnessed the incident to NBC News. He heard the commotion at about 10 p.m. Saturday night and went to watch after he heard a bystander arguing with the officer.

From NBC News

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