Policeman wearing Trump 2020 mask accused of intimidating voters

Policeman wearing Trump 2020 mask accused of intimidating voters

Miami police immediately reacted to a photo on social networks in which an armed officer in uniform stands at a polling station wearing a mask with the words «Trump 2020» — promising to take disciplinary action.

The mayor of the city, Francis Suarez, also commented on the actions of officer Daniel Ubeda, calling them «inappropriate», even if he himself came to the polling station in the Government Center to vote.

“This is a violation of departmental orders. The police officer must be impartial. — Suarez emphasized in a statement — Whoever this person is and whoever he supports, this is unacceptable.

Here is @CityofMiami Police Officer Daniel Ubeda, in full uniform with badge and gun wearing his Trump mask inside of the polling location in government center.

This is city funded voter intimidation.

Ubeda should be suspended immediately. pic.twitter.com/TbJxu6mcem

— Steve Simeonidis (@stevesimeonidis) October 20, 2020

The photo of Ubeda was published online by the lawyer and chairman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party Steve Simeonidis, who noticed the man on his way to work. According to Simeonides, Ubeda crossed the barrier that police and campaigners are not allowed through if they support one of the candidates — and only «laughed it off» when asked about the mask.

“Perhaps he was going to vote. But he was in uniform, with a mask and a pistol. This is a complete intimidation of voters, ”said Simeonidis.

Deputy Chief of Police Ron Papier said that “appropriate disciplinary measures” would be taken against Ubeda, but did not specify which ones.