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US Called out for 'voter intimidation,' Florida officer faces discipline for wearing 'Trump 2020' mask at polling place

06:25  21 october  2020
06:25  21 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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“ Trump 2020 ” and “no more bulls**t” were seen written across his face mask, which he chose to wear while working at “We are aware of the photograph being circulated of a Miami Police officer wearing a political mask in uniform,” tweeted That’s voter intimidation ,” he claimed, also noting that Ubeda

The photo showed Officer Daniel Ubeda wearing the face -covering at the Miami Government Center. The mask read, " Trump 2020 , no more bull----." RELATED: Florida municipal worker suspended for flying Trump flag from government truck. “This is city-funded voter intimidation ,” Simeonidis tweeted.

A uniformed police officer who was photographed wearing a "Trump 2020" mask at a Florida early voting site could face suspension.

a man wearing a uniform: A Miami police officer spotted at Government Center and wearing a pro-Trump mask will be disciplined, Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina said Tuesday. © Steve Simeonidis A Miami police officer spotted at Government Center and wearing a pro-Trump mask will be disciplined, Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina said Tuesday.

Miami-Dade County Democratic Chairman Steve Simeonidis said a photo of the armed officer in the mask was "city funded voter intimidation" in a Tuesday tweet. About an hour later, the Miami Police Department condemned the behavior and promised to address the situation.

The officer, photographed while in line to vote, violated department and polling place policy by promoting a political candidate, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez said at a Tuesday press conference. The situation would have been "much more serious" had the officer not been voting, Suarez said.

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"There were people claiming it was voter intimidation,” Suarez said. “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 said officers are allowed to vote while in uniform. It's unknown if the officer was on duty at the time.

Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina described the officer's behavior as “unacceptable” and a violation of departmental policy in Tuesday statement. He said the action was being "addressed immediately.”

Tommy Reyes, president of the officer's union, said in a statement that police officers have free-speech rights under the U.S. Constitution, and state law allows officers to vote in uniform. Reyes also pointed out that the union, Fraternal Order of Police, has endorsed Donald Trump's reelection bid at the national level.

Contributing: The Associated Press

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Called out for 'voter intimidation,' Florida officer faces discipline for wearing 'Trump 2020' mask at polling place

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