Police violations are certainly no new subject matter in 2020, and the New York Police Department is the latest to infringe upon its own codes when they openly attempted to convince people to vote for Donald Trump.
Over the weekend, footage surfaced of police officers in Flatbush, Brooklyn using the patrol vehicle's loudspeaker to rally re-election votes behind Trump.
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
As one can imagine, the move isn't only unprofessional and unethical, it's also against the rules. Per Newsweek, the department's "prohibited conduct" patrol guide states that officers are not allowed to endorse or support any specific political candidate or anyone who holds public office. The officers' blatant choice to ignore these guidelines raised concerns from viewers.
No wonder why NYPD is not respected by the public. When the NYPD doesn't respect the law, they cannot be respected. https://t.co/jzvieqwfan
— Compdave (@DaveReichard) October 25, 2020
Such arrogance .. hope he gets fired https://t.co/VeCMucOLUJ
— melissa coad (@MelissaCoad) October 25, 2020
— Debra Messing✍🏻 (@DebraMessing) October 25, 2020
the police do not fire the police i want yall to understand that https://t.co/zcJIDuXAmw
— pluto dos (they got me) (@aaliyahisoverit) October 25, 2020
The officers were from the city's 70th Precinct. A representative for the precinct told Newsweek that the department is aware of the incident but did not disclose if disciplinary actions were taken. The NYPD also didn't reveal the name of the officers who were in the video.
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