The Miami Police Department said it will discipline an officer after he was seen in a viral photo wearing a pro-Trump face mask near an early voting site Tuesday morning.
The officer, who has been identified as Officer Daniel Ubeda, was in full uniform and was wearing a mask that read, “Trump 2020” and “No More Bullsh*t.” He is now being accused of voter intimidation by people online.
Steve Simeonidis, chair of Miami-Dade Democrats, reportedly spotted the Ubeda at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center in Downtown Miami, where an early voting site is located.
“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,” he wrote. “This is city funded voter intimidation.”
Simeonidis is now calling for Ubeda’s suspension.
The Miami Police Department said on Tuesday Tuesday that it is aware of the photograph. “This behavior is unacceptable, a violation of departmental policy, and is being addressed immediately,” the department said.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez called the officer’s actions “inappropriate” in a statement, according to NBC Miami. “A police officer is supposed to be impartial, irrespective who the person was, whatever sign it is,” Suarez said.
Suarez said on Twitter that the officer violated department policy. “He is under investigation and disciplinary measures will be taken,” he wrote.
Miami Police Chief Jorge Colina reiterated to the Miami Herald that Ubeda will be disciplined.
In the statement, according to NBC Miami, Suarez claimed that even though the officer was in full uniform, it is unclear if he was on-duty at the time. Suarez claimed the officer was at the location to vote and that if he was not voting, he would be facing worse repercussions.
It is unclear what disciplinary action will be taken against Ubeda.
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*First Published: Oct 20, 2020, 5:29 pm
Eilish O’Sullivan is the news wire editor for the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in the Austin Chronicle and the Daily Texan.