NEW YORK CITY, NY– On Saturday night, October 24th, a New York City police officer was seen on camera promoting President Trump over the loudspeaker of his patrol car in the Flatbush area of Brooklyn.
Now, in a country where freedom of speech is supposed to be respected, and individuals should be able to support their political candidates without repercussions, the officer has been suspended without pay.
There have been two different versions of the officers public endorsement circulating social media since Saturday night. The NYPD posted one of the videos on their official department Twitter account, and said that the Brooklyn South Investigation Unit was investigating the incident.
In one of the versions of the video, the one which the NYPD posted, a man can be heard yelling at a police officer to “do it again.” The officer then responds with “Trump 2020”.
This clearly did not sit well with the ever so sensitive male, as he is then heard on the video calling the officer a “f—— fascist.”
The reason why the NYPD has allegedly suspended the officer, is because 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, NBC News reported.
The NYPD’s Commissioner, Dermot Shea commented on the matter, calling the incident “one hundred percent unacceptable” on his Twitter account.
“Law Enforcement must remain apolitical, it is essential in our role to serve ALL New Yorkers regardless of any political beliefs,”
The police officer from this incident has been identified and suspended without pay.
To repeat, law enforcement MUST remain apolitical, reassuring the public that we will enforce the law fairly and without prejudice regardless of anyone’s political beliefs. https://t.co/lFVmyaRjSb
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) October 25, 2020
Of course, the city’s police hating Mayor would never pass up the opportunity to lambast an officer that he feels did something “wrong”, so he also chimed in on Twitter on Sunday.
Mayor Bill de Blasio said:
“Let me be clear: ANY NYPD Officer pushing ANY political agenda while on duty will face consequences,”
“We will act fast here, and this will not be tolerated.”
Let me be clear: ANY NYPD Officer pushing ANY political agenda while on duty will face consequences. We will act fast here, and this will not be tolerated. https://t.co/c2cXwL2wUx
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) October 25, 2020
The second version of the video was posted by Branson Hines, a screenwriter who say’s he has lived in Flatbush since 2013, and confirmed to NBC News, that he and his roommate witnessed the incident.
Brandon Hines posted a video taken by a roommate from their apartment window, which picks up at the end of the exchange around 10 p.m..
In Hines’ video, the officer can be heard over the loud speaker saying:
“Trump 2020…put it on YouTube, put it on Facebook. Trump 2020.”
How the NYPD rolling up in Black communities these days (on my block): “Trump 2020. Put it on YouTube. Put it on Facebook…”
Aight MFers… it’s on TWITTER TOO! BI-DEN! 👋🏿😂#Vote #nypdfinest #bidenharris2020 pic.twitter.com/hmXdY8ivbM
— Brandon K Hines (@thumpio) October 25, 2020
When discussing the incident, Hines said:
“It wasn’t even about the ‘Trump 2020,’ I just went to make sure that person had another pair of eyes on them to make sure they’re safe,”
Law Enforcement Today recently reported that New York City’s Police Benevolent Association, one of the largest police unions representing New York City Police Officers, publicly endorsed President Trump for re-election.
This has now lead to some, who just want to blame anything on President Trump, suggesting that the police can not be trusted to keep the post-election peace due to the endorsement.
This nonsense was proposed in an op-ed peace posted on StreetsBlogNYC.
“The PBA endorses candidates every year,”
They went on to say:
“Every year, NYC cops protect the right of ALL voters to cast their ballot in peace.”
Hysterical nonsense from an anti-cop propagandist. The PBA endorses candidates every year. Every year, NYC cops protect the right of ALL voters to cast their ballot in peace. NYers should be more worried about partisans like @GershKuntzman trying to stir up unrest w/ this garbage https://t.co/fWRwIkJikS
— NYC PBA (@NYCPBA) October 20, 2020
According to NBC News, Hines doesn’t know why the officer chose to send the political message using police equipment, seemingly on duty, but is unsurprised that it would happen following police union endorsement of the president.
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Here is more on the PBA’s endorsement of President Trump.
Bedminster, New Jersey – On August 14th, President Donald Trump held a small rally of sorts within his Bedminster golf course while addressing the anti-cop sentiments being pushed by radicals among those left-of-center.
During said event, he also received an endorsement from none other than the City of New York Police Benevolent Association.
Trump gets endorsement of NYC police union https://t.co/rYyXxGqc1g
— Jeffrey Levin (@jilevin) August 15, 2020
This was President Trump’s second appearance in recent times at the Bedminster golf course, as he’d previously appeared at his golf course to address supporters and questions from the press on August 7th.
During the August 7th event, members of the press were trying to scold the president by insinuating he was setting a bad example since people among the crowd were initially not social distancing or some not wearing masks at the onset either.
When those questions were hurled by members of the press, President Trump stated:
“To me they pretty much look like they all have, pretty much all have masks on.”
Masks have now been handed out to visitors who are observing the president’s press conference. pic.twitter.com/dCFo5Z0744
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) August 7, 2020
Which while some photos showed the crowd unmasked, other photos showcased them adorning face coverings later.
Moving on to the August 14th event, President Trump addressed reportedly hundreds of members from the NYPD, informing them that “no one will be safe in Biden’s America,” if the Biden/Harris ticket succeeds in November.
President Trump continued, stating that if he is elected to a second term, them New York’s finest will regain the due respect for their service:
“This guy [Biden] has been taking your dignity away and your respect. And I’m telling you on November 3rd you’re going to be getting it back.”
After conveying that Biden and Harris won’t be able to maintain any semblance of law and order while in office, the City of New York Police Benevolent Association formally endorsed President Trump’s campaign for 2020.
Thank you to the great Pat Lynch & the @NYCPBA. I will never let you down! https://t.co/XUKy2bQ70a
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 15, 2020
NYCPBA President Pat Lynch stated the following during the endorsement:
“I have 36 years in this job, 26 as the president of this fine organization. I cannot remember when we have ever endorsed for the office of the president of the United States – until now. That’s how important this is.
Mr. President, we’re fighting for our lives out there. We don’t want this to spread to the rest of the country, we need your strong voice across the country to say ‘we have the support of law enforcement across this country’.”
Lynch continued from there, telling President Trump that he “earned” the endorsement from the NYCPBA.
President Trump has been hammering down on the notion of restoring order in the country if elected for a second term, with him saying earlier in the week that police officers in New York can’t even do their job properly due to numerous restrictions and proverbial red-tape:
“In New York, you have New York’s finest, but they’ve totally taken away their incentive. They’ve taken away their lives, in a sense, because they don’t allow them to do their job.”
Come to think of it, you don’t really hear about any other police unions going to bat for Biden. That can certainly make one wonder.
Endorsing President Trump these days often provokes backlash – and institutions with power and influence have been caught trying to silence and punish those who dare show a glimpse of support toward our standing president.
Within the very same state that President Trump received his endorsement, a college student may be facing disciplinary action – and even a fine – from his university because of having an image of Donald Trump visible during a class Zoom session and a political Facebook post where he decried the “leftist agenda” of Black Lives Matter.
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