A Miami police officer may face suspension after he was photographed sporting a masks selling president Donald Trump inside an early voting web site whereas sporting his uniform.
Miami-Dade County Democratic Chairman Steve Simeonidis tweeted Tuesday a photograph of the officer, saying it was taken inside a polling place on the county authorities middle. It exhibits the officer sporting a blue, white and pink Trump 2020 masks containing a phrase with a curse phrase.
“This is city funded voter intimidation,” Simeonidis tweeted, calling for the officer’s suspension.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez held a press convention Tuesday to deal with the scenario. He mentioned the officer was in line to vote, and the masks violated division and polling place coverage as a result of it promoted a politician. He mentioned the officer could be disciplined and mentioned a suspension was a risk.
“There were people claiming it was voter intimidation,” Suarez mentioned. “Officers have a responsibility … to protect our residents and they have to do that in an impartial manner and they can’t be making political statements or making political stances while they are wearing a uniform.”
Suarez mentioned officers are allowed to vote whereas in uniform.
“Had he not been voting it would have been a much more serious situation,” the mayor added.
Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina issued a press release Tuesday calling the conduct “unacceptable” and a violation of departmental coverage. He mentioned the motion was being “addressed immediately.”
It was unknown whether or not the officer was on obligation on the time, Suarez mentioned.
Tommy Reyes, president of the officer’s union, mentioned in a press release that law enforcement officials have free-speech rights underneath the U.S. Constitution, and state legislation permits officers to vote in uniform. Reyes additionally identified that the union, Fraternal Order of Police, has endorsed Trump’s re-election bid on the nationwide degree.
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