MIAMI (NEXSTAR) – City of Miami Police say they’ll be disciplining an officer who wore a face mask supporting President Donald Trump at an early voting location.
The image was circulated by Steve Simeonidis, Chair of Miami-Dade Democrats. According to Simeonidis, the photo was taken in a government building in downtown Miami.
Simeonidis calls the act a form of “voter intimidation.”
The mask on the officer appears to read, “Trump 2020: No more bull****.”
The police department released a statement, calling the officer’s behavior unacceptable.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told the Miami NBC station the officer was wearing the mask while voting — but a uniformed officer is not allowed to wear anything with party affiliation while in uniform.
“It obviously creates a situation… for us officers have a responsibility… to protect our residents and they have to do that in a impartial manor,” Suarez said.
Twenty states have laws restricting the use of campaign-related and political messaging materials near polling places on election days, including signs, t-shirts, stickers, buttons and more. Handing out pamphlets or campaigning requires people to be at least 50-200 feet away from the polling area.
Although these restrictions are not in Florida, voter intimidation is deemed illegal in the state statute.
Miami PD did not say what discipline the officer would face, only noting the act is “being addressed immediately.”