NYPD Officer Suspended for Using Loudspeaker to Support President on Eve of 'Jews for Trump' Rally

A New York police officer has been suspended for using his patrol vehicle's loudspeaker to state "Trump 2020" on the same weekend several people were arrested for attacking a large convoy of Jewish supporters of President Donald Trump who drove through the city.

The NYPD confirmed that the officer has been suspended without pay after a video of him using the tannoy to express support of Trump while arguing with a member of the public went viral on social media.

"Trump 2020. Put it on YouTube, put it on Facebook," the officer blares out while his patrol vehicle is flashing its lights. "Take a picture, take a video, put it on Facebook, put it on YouTube. Have some fun...tough guy, tough guy," the officer adds.

In another clip, one man filming the officer urges him "Do it again. What, you can't say 'Trump 2020' now? F***ing p***y. Say it again." The officer responds by saying "Trump 2020."

"Go f**k yourself, you f*****g fascist," the man adds.

NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said that they would be investigating the incident, describing it as "one hundred percent unacceptable. Period."

The NYPD later confirmed that the officer in question has been suspended effective immediately for using a department vehicle's loudspeaker for political purposes.

"Law enforcement MUST remain apolitical, reassuring the public that we will enforce the law fairly and without prejudice regardless of anyone's political beliefs," Shea tweeted.

Responding to the footage, State Senator Brad Hoylman, a Manhattan Democrat, said it is worrying as officers transport ballots from poll sites to the Board of Elections.

"Electioneering and partisan activity cannot ever be tolerated by the City," he tweeted.

The incident occurred the evening before violence broke out as a large "Jews for Trump" car parade made its way through the Manhattan and Brooklyn areas of New York.

Fighting broke out between Trump supporters and counter-protesters in Times Square, with one viral video showing a vehicle having eggs thrown at it and being doused with red paint.

A man in a red MAGA hat then gets out the vehicle and points a person out to police, who is then detained by several officers.

Onlookers shout at the officers "he didn't do anything" and "let him go" as they handcuff the suspect.

Later on, a fight breaks out between the man in the red MAGA hat and another counter-protester.

Another clip shows a second male striking the Trump supporter in the back of the head before running away. He is then tripped by another male and falls to the ground.

Later, protesters surround another Trump supporter and hit him on the ground while they pull him away from a separate physical altercation.

Elsewhere, police responded to reports of people dropping objects on vehicles taking part in the "Jews for Trump" parade off a bridge in Brooklyn.

The rally was organized in response to new Coronavirus restrictions imposed by Governor Andrew Cuomo which affect areas of New York with large Jewish populations.

The new rules introduced earlier this month include the closing of schools, limiting attendance in places of worship to 10 people and $15,000 fine to anyone who organizes a mass gathering.

Heshy Tischler, a City Council candidate and agitator who has constantly fought against COVID-19 restrictions in New York, promoted the parade throughout Sunday.

"Amazing turnout today in Brooklyn, NY! Hundreds of vehicles & thousands of people from the Jewish community came out to rally in support of our greatest President," Tischler tweeted. "Brooklyn has Never seen anything like it."

The NYPD confirmed to Newsweek that 11 people were arrested during the protests.

Four males and two females were arrested for charges to include disorderly conduct, obstructing government administration and harassment.

One man threw eggs in the faces of two uniformed police officers on the corner of 7 Avenue and West 42 Street. He was later charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer and one count of resisting arrest.

Four individuals were also issued Criminal Court Summonses for Disorderly Conduct and released.

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(File photo) Police arrest people protesting against President Trump supporters marching down Broadway carrying a giant Trump flag on October 21, 2020 in lower Manhattan, New York City. A New York City police officer is suspended without pay for using his patrol vehicle's speaker to say “Trump 2020.” Andrew Lichtenstein/Corbis/Getty