New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio promised swift action against a New York City police officer who was caught on camera saying, “Trump 2020.”
Several videos were uploaded to social media showing an NYPD officer saying “Trump 2020” over his patrol car’s loudspeaker while two other NYPD officers talked to each other outside the vehicle.
The incident took place in Brooklyn last Saturday night.
“Do it again. What? You can’t say ‘Trump 2020’ now, you f—ng p—?” the man behind the camera in the first video said. “Say it again.”
When the officer repeated the phrase, the cameraman responded, “Go f— yourself, you f—ing fascist.”
A different video was uploaded to Twitter, showing the incident from a different angle. The video was taken from the window of a nearby apartment, and it showed what happened after the first video ended.
“Trump 2020. Put it on YouTube, put it on Facebook. Trump 2020,” the NYPD officer said over the loudspeaker. “Take a picture, take a picture, take a video, put it on your Facebook, put it on YouTube. Have some fun.”
Of course, the city leaders were enraged — including the mayor. They’ve vowed to take action against the police officer, while the NYPD said that the incident is under investigation.
According to the New York Post, “NYPD strictly forbids officers from expressing political views or endorsing candidates.”
De Blasio promised the New York City residents that the city would take immediate action against the police officer.
Higher-ups in the NYPD have also scolded the officer.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said, “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. It is essential for New Yorkers to trust their Police. Updates to follow after initial investigation.”
Chief of Department Terence Monahan added, “When you wear our uniform, it is imperative to remain apolitical. Behavior like this will not be tolerated and will be dealt with.”