A Miami police officer photographed wearing a pro-Trump mask near a voting site while in full uniform is in trouble with his chiefs after causing outrage.
Daniel Ubeda was on his way to vote and was pictured by a Democratic Party chairman Steve Simeonidis.
“He may have been going to vote. But he was in full uniform with the mask and a gun. That’s voter intimidation,” said Simeonidis.
Ubeda apparently ‘laughed it off.’
However, Miami police chief Ron Papier said Ubeda’s actions violated department policy against campaigning while on duty. The mask also contained offensive language, an additional violation.
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’ tweet reads, “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.”
According to Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, the officer was voting early and not working. But he was in full uniform and wearing a pro-Trump mask. Suarez said as a Miami Police officer, you can vote in uniform but you are not allowed to wear anything with party affiliation.
“It’s important for police to be perceived as impartial,” said Suarez.
State law bans officers from police placing, unless voting or getting permission from inspectors or the clerk. Also, state law says government workers are also not allowed to be involved in political campaigns while on duty.
“By wearing that mask, you could tell who we wanted to vote for. That is the issue at hand,” Miami Commissioner Ken Russell said.
Russell added city government workers were sent a policy reminder Tuesday about not participating in political activities and campaigns during work. That includes off-duty assignments, overtime and certain types of leave, like “I” time and family/medical.
The incident happened just a day after Chief Colina issued a message to voters, saying, “We want to assure, everyone in Miami of the ability to vote without coercion or harassment.”
Colina has announced that officer Ubeda will receive ‘discipline.’
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