Residents of South Florida are calling for a Miami police officer to be suspended or fired after he was spotted and photographed wearing a political mask in uniform while inside a polling location.
His picture was taken by Steve Simeonidis, chairman of the Miami-Dade Democratic party, inside the polling location in the government center this morning.
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.”
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 Miami police department almost immediately issued a statement saying, “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.”
Florida laws permit police officers and non-voters to come within 150 feet of the entrance to any polling place and Simeonidis says he was “well within” that area.
During a press conference later in the day, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez told reporters that while the officer was in his right to vote while in uniform, police officers are barred from wearing any sort of political branding while in uniform. The disciplinary action for the officer has not yet been decided.
This follows a similar incident last week where a Florida municipal worker in Palm Beach County was suspended without pay for five days after flying a flag supporting President Trump from his government truck.