An NYPD officer in Brooklyn taunted residents by declaring “Trump 2020” over the police vehicle loudspeaker on Saturday, encouraging a passerby to post it on social media on the first day of early voting in NYC, videos show.
“Trump 2020. Put it on YouTube. Put it on Facebook. Trump 2020,” the unidentified officer declares over the loudspeaker from the NYPD vehicle with its emergency lights flashing in Flatbush, a video posted on Twitter shows.
A separate video shows a dialogue between a man who had recorded police telling them to say “Trump 2020” again while he was recording, according to independent journalist Talia Jane.
“Go fuck yourself you fucking fascist,” the man said to police when one of the officers said “Trump 2020,” which can be heard over the previous video taken from above.
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 NYPD patrol guide explicitly states officers on-duty or in uniform cannot endorse or publicly express personal views on political parties or candidates for public office.
The NYPD said it is “aware of this video” and the Brooklyn South Investigation Unit is looking into it.
“Police officers must remain apolitical,” NYPD tweeted.
An NYPD spokesperson added: “The matter is under investigation. The NYPD plans to come to an expedient resolution.”
We are aware of this video and it is under investigation by our Brooklyn South Investigation Unit.
Police officers must remain apolitical. https://t.co/a3XyWCNceb
— NYPD NEWS (@NYPDnews) October 25, 2020
The Twitter user @thumpio, who posted the video from a bird’s-eye view, noted the video was consistent with the NYPD conduct in Black communities like his, in Flatbush near St. Paul Place.
Saturday was the first day of early voting in NYC for the 2020 election between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said Friday the city would send out hundreds of city workers to observe poll sites to prevent voter intimidation. But the announcement, which came a day before early voting began, had little details about who would be tapped for the program or when they would be trained.
The mayor’s press secretary Bill Neidhardt called the video of police showing support for Trump while on-duty “blatantly out of line.”
“This is absolutely unacceptable and blatantly out of line,” Neidhardt said. “An investigation was launched this morning and will conclude today.”
De Blasio later tweeted, “Let me be clear: ANY NYPD Officer pushing ANY political agenda while on duty will face…