Police officer spotted in ‘unacceptable’ Trump mask at polling station in Miami – National

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A uniformed policeman was pictured on Tuesday wearing a pro-Trump mask at a polling station in Miami, prompting charges of voter intimidation.A photo of the officer spread widely on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon, raising concerns over a partisan police demonstration at the polls.

Miami-Dade Democrats Chairman Steve Simeonidis captured the photo at a downtown Miami first polling station, NBC Miami reports.

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The image shows an officer in a Miami Police Department uniform and a face mask that reads: “Trump 2020” and “No more bulls – t”.

“This is city-funded voter intimidation,” Simeonidis wrote in his tweet. He requested that the officer be suspended immediately.

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The officer has been identified as Daniel Ubeda, based on the last name on his uniform, according to the Miami Herald.

“This behavior is unacceptable, constitutes a violation of departmental policy and is dealt with immediately,” the Miami Police Department said in a statement. declaration.

Mayor Francis Suarez said the officer would be sanctioned, although it is not known what that will entail.

“It’s inappropriate,” Suarez said. “A police officer is supposed to be impartial, whoever the person is, whatever the sign.”

Suarez says the officer was at the polling station to vote. It is not known if he was on duty at the time.

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Election officers, partisan observers, and security are prohibited from wearing campaign-related materials at polling stations in Florida.

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The state is expected to be one of many electoral battlegrounds in the race between US President Donald Trump and his Democratic opponent, Joe Biden.

Trump has frequently backed police in the face of protests against brutality and racism in recent months.

The president also declared himself a candidate “for law and order” in the election, while stoking unfounded fears of far-left violence and refusing to condemn far-right militias.

Early voting opened on Monday before the November 3 election.

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