The New York Police Department is looking into a video that appeared to show an officer endorsing President Trump.
“We are aware of this video and it is under investigation by our Brooklyn South Investigation Unit,” the NYPD tweeted on Sunday. “Police officers must remain apolitical.”
Video posted to social media shows an individual asking an officer to repeat the phrase “Trump 2020” into his patrol car speaker. “Trump 2020. Put it on YouTube. Put it on Facebook. Trump 2020,” the officer said. “Take a picture. Take a picture. Take a video. Put it on your Facebook. Put it on your Youtube. Have some fun.” Later, the officer appears to jokingly call the individual a “tough guy.”
An NYPD spokesperson reportedly added that “the NYPD plans to come to an expedient resolution” as a result of its investigation. In response to the incident, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said “any NYPD Officer pushing any political agenda while on duty will face consequences.”
The NYPD patrol guide specifically forbids officers from “endorsing political candidates or publicly expressing personal views and opinions concerning the merits of any political party or candidate for public office; any public policy matter or legislation pending before any government body; or any matter to be decided by a public election, except with the permission of the Police Commissioner” while on duty.
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