NYPD Officers Blare 'Trump 2020' Using Patrol Car Speakers in Violation of Code

At least three New York City police officers parked their patrol car on a crosswalk in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn Saturday night and repeatedly used the NYPD vehicle's loudspeaker to say "Trump 2020."

A representative with the NYPD told Newsweek they are aware of the incident in the 70th Precinct but declined to offer additional details or updates on investigation into the prohibited behavior. According to the police department's "prohibited conduct" patrol guide, officers are not allowed to endorse any specific political candidate or anyone who holds public office while in uniform or on-duty. Multiple video angles emerged on social media showing several officers standing around the flashing police car and offering loud endorsements of President Donald Trump's re-election effort.

Update: NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea joined Mayor Bill de Blasio in describing the "Trump 2020" officer's actions as "one hundred percent unacceptable" and suspended him without pay pending investigation into the matter.

A man in one video recording comes up right next to the police cruiser on St. Paul's Place and challenges the officer on the loudspeaker to offer his endorsement of Trump one more time. The officer obliges before the other two begin exchanging expletives with the pedestrian, according to Talia Jane, who first posted one angle of the video on Twitter.

"Do it again. What, you can't say 'Trump 2020' now? F***ing p***y. Say it again," the man on the street says, daring the NYPD officers to continue broadcasting their pro-Trump messages to the neighborhood.

"Trump 2020," the officer says over the lousdpeaker once again, before repeating it several more times in other angles of the video.

"Go f**k yourself, you f***ing fascist," the pedestrian replies.

The police officer on the loudspeaker then proceeds to mock the person recording the video, saying, "Trump 2020. Put it on Facebook, put it on YouTube...tough guy, tough guy," according to a video recorded by Twitter user Brandon K. Hines Saturday night.

The NYPD's patrol guide regulations include the following among prohibited conduct: "While on duty or in uniform, endorsing political candidates or publicly expressing personal views and opinions concerning the merits of: A. Any political party or candidate for public office..."

The NYPD issued a statement in response to the incident Sunday afternoon: "We are aware of this video and it is under investigation by our Brooklyn South Investigation Unit. Police officers must remain apolitical."

"Source who filmed the video says the patrol car was blocking the crosswalk so he flipped it off as he walked past. The passenger side officer yelled expletives at him and they proceeded to exchange words for a few minutes until the cop flipped him off," tweeted Talia Jane (@itsa_talia) on Saturday night.

She continued, "At that point, the drivers side officer flashed the white power hand symbol () and yelled 'Trump 2020.' Source alleges the driver-side cop threatened to arrest him for blocking traffic but didn't exit the vehicle (he was in the crosswalk and there was no traffic)."

NYPD did not identify the 70th Precinct officers involved in the incident by the time of publishing Sunday, but the vehicle identification number shows the SUV cruiser ID number was 3703.

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At least three New York City police officers parked their patrol car on a crosswalk in the Flatbush neighborhood of Brooklyn Saturday night and repeatedly used the NYPD vehicle's loudspeaker to say "Trump 2020." Screenshot: Twitter | Brandon K. Hines