NYPD Disciplines Officer Who Wore Pro-Trump Patches on Uniform

An NYPD officer talks on his radio while people take part in a protest against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, on March 19, 2016 in New York City.
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The New York Police Department (NYPD) has disciplined an officer caught wearing a “politically-oriented” patch while on-duty after a TikTok video showed her allegedly wearing a patch supportive of former President Donald Trump.

A video posted to TikTok recorded Friday night at a Brooklyn Black Lives Matter demonstration showed the sergeant wearing a “Trump — Make Enforcement Great Again 2020” patch featuring the skull-style emblem of the Marvel character The Punisher, WABC reported.

The officer, whom the New York Post identified as Dana Martillo, also wore a second patch featuring the skull symbol, with its hairstyle tweaked to match the former president’s.

“We are aware of a video showing one of our members wearing a politically oriented patch,” the NYPD said in a statement. “The officer has already received an initial discipline. A further investigation is ongoing.”

NYPD commissioner Dermot Shea tweeted Saturday afternoon that “members of the NYPD must remain apolitical.”

“Members of the NYPD must remain apolitical — it’s essential to public trust & officers’ ability to perform their jobs,” Shea said.


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