Miami cop faces disciplinary for wearing Trump face mask at polling station while in full uniform
- Officer Daniel Ubeda was spotted Tuesday morning at Miami polling site
- Miami-Dade Democratic Pary Chair Steve Simeonidis confronted him
- Simeonidis said the officer was inside the polling site and likely voting
- Laws prohibit campaign attire in polling sites, and while in police uniform
Officer Daniel Ubeda was spotted on Tuesday at the Government Center
A Miami police officer faces discipline after wearing a face covering supporting President Donald Trump at a polling site.
Officer Daniel Ubeda was spotted on Tuesday at the Government Center, inside barriers demarcating the polling site, where he was apparently casting his ballot in early voting.
Miami’s police chief said Ubeda would be disciplined, though exactly how had not been determined, according to the Miami Herald.
The cop’s face attire was an apparent violation of Florida laws that prohibit displaying campaign signs within 150 feet of a polling place, as well as banning political campaigning in the course of official duties.
Ubeda was spotted by Miami-Dade Democratic Pary Chair Steve Simeonidis, who confronted the officer and took his picture.
Ubeda was spotted by Miami-Dade Democratic Pary Chair Steve Simeonidis
‘This is city funded voter intimidation. Ubeda should be suspended immediately,’ Simeonidis said in a tweet.
‘Not only is this an egregious form of voter intimidation, but it’s also a crime,’ Simeonidis claimed.
Simeonidis told the Herald that Ubeda ‘laughed it off’ after he was questioned about the mask.
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez also called the officer’s actions ‘inappropriate,’ even if he was there to cast a ballot.
‘It’s a violation of departmental orders. A police officer is supposed to be impartial,’ Suarez on Tuesday afternoon, according to the Herald.
Voters fill out their ballots as they vote early at the Stephen P. Clark Government Center polling station on Monday in Miami, Florida
‘Irrespective of who the person was, whatever sign it would have been, it would’ve been problematic.’
Deputy Police Chief Ron Papier told the newspaper he spoke with Chief Jorge Colina and that the ‘appropriate disciplinary action’ will be taken against Ubeda.
“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.”
A photo of the mask shows that it has the unofficial Trump slogan ‘no more bulls**t’.