A uniformed police officer was photographed wearing a pro-Trump mask at a polling location in Miami Tuesday, sparking accusations of voter intimidation.
Now, Miami police chief Jorge Colina has said that the policeman, Officer Daniel Ubeda will be disciplined, though the department hasn’t yet decided how to punish him, the Miami Herald reports. It’s unclear if Ubeda was working on going to vote. But the person who just happened to snap the photo was Steve Simeonidis, chairman of the Miami-Dade Democratic Party.
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
Simeonidis—also an attorney—was passing by the voting site when he saw Ubeda “well within” the 150-foot barrier that cops and non-voters aren’t allowed to enter during an election, per state statute. Police aren’t allowed within that barrier unless they’re voting.
“He may have been going to vote. But he was in full uniform with the mask and a gun. That’s voter intimidation,” Simeonidis said, per the Herald. Simeonidis said Ubeda “laughed it off’ after he was asked about his face covering.
After Deputy Police Chief Ron Papier talked to Chief Colina, Papier said that Ubeda will face “appropriate disciplinary action.”
“Obviously this is a clear violation of our department policy regarding campaigning while on duty,” Papier said. “Additionally, the mask has offensive language, which is also a violation of department policy.”
The slogan on the mask read “Trump 2020” and “no more bullshit.”
We are aware of the photograph being circulated of a Miami Police officer wearing a political mask in uniform. This behavior is unacceptable, a violation of departmental policy, and is being addressed immediately. pic.twitter.com/E3eO0IQh0f
— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) October 20, 2020
It’s one thing to be Pro Trump, but as a member of law enforcement a job that is tax payer funded. We expect you to at least try and appear unbiased. Trump really has these people out here feeling like they can do whatever they want.