Reinstate NYPD cop suspended for saying 'Trump 2020' on police horn, says POTUS: 'Get that great Officer back'
The NYPD officer was suspended without pay for using his on-duty patrol car to proclaim support for the president ahead of the November election
President Donald Trump on Tuesday, October 27, called on the New York Police Department (NYPD) to allow an officer who was suspended for blaring "Trump 2020" from his patrol car loudspeaker to return to work. Trump, in a series of tweets linked to the Sergeants Benevolent Association (SBA), said: "Let New York’s Finest finally do their job!" The SBA had endorsed Trump for the 2020 presidency in August.
The Republican linked a Police Benevolent Association tweet noting the level of violence in New York: "FIFTY-THREE. That’s how many NYers were shot this week. A 279% INCREASE. 53 families upended by shootings that @NYCMayor seems to ignore. How has defunding worked? How have the violence interrupters worked? We need cops & sane public safety policies. The tweet also linked to a New York Post story from Sunday reporting that stated seven people in the region were shot at over the weekend.
Let New York’s Finest finally do their job! https://t.co/XqURHZxCxP— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2020
The president later linked to the tweet again and addressed voters in New York, writing: "Vote for Trump. What (the Hell!) do you have to lose?" In another tweet, Trump wrote: "Thank you to the most incredible people on earth. I stand with you 100%. Get that great Officer back to work!" His tweet also linked to an article where the SBA slammed Democrats for their support of anti-racism nationwide protests with the demonstrators demanding defunding of police organizations. “Police Officers across the nation are advocating for TRUMP and rightfully so. The Democratic Party has abandoned police officers, encouraged violence and lawlessness. People are being murdered in Democratic run cities,” the SBA wrote in the tweet.
New York. Vote for Trump. What (the Hell!) do you have to lose? https://t.co/XqURHZxCxP— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 27, 2020
Trump also retweeted an SBA post about Mayor Bill de Blasio: "Law & Disorder in DeBlasios NYC. He will describe this as PEACEFUL PROTESTORS throwing objects at Trump supporters on Prospect Expressway in Brooklyn and have the NYPD Stand Down!"
Trump's support of the New York police organization came days after a NYPD officer was suspended without pay for using his on-duty patrol car to proclaim support for the president ahead of the November presidential election. The incident occurred in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York on Sunday, October 25. Footage of the incident posted on Twitter showed a police officer saying "Trump 2020" on the loudspeaker of an NYPD vehicle parked at an intersection with two officers standing beside it. The incident was captured on camera by a passerby as he dared the law enforcement agent to repeat what he had said. The passerby, in the clip, says to the officer: "Do it again! What you can’t say, ‘Trump 2020’ now you f**king p***y? Say it again!”
The officer paused for a moment before speaking into the loudspeaker, saying "Trump 2020." The passerby then calls the cop a "fascist" before walking off from the scene. The cop, however, continued to say "Trump 2020." He added: "Put it on Facebook. Put it on YouTube. Trump 2020.” The officer notices people around the area beginning to take notice of the commotion and again says: "Take a picture. Take a video. Put it on your Facebook. Put it on your YouTube. Have some fun. Tough guy. Tough guy.”