A video shows two NYPD officers shoving a man out of a subway station after he asked them to wear face masks.
COVID health policies in NYC require all subway passengers to wear masks.
In the video posted to Twitter a male officer grabs the man by his jacket on the subway platform in Manhattan and pushes him through an emergency exit as a female officer holds the door open.
Andrew Gilbert, a 27-year-old commuter, said he was on his way to work when he approached the two unmasked officers and requested that they cover up.
Gilbert wrote in a message to NBC News,
“I noticed these two officers standing there on the platform with no masks.
I’ve taken to filming them whenever I see them doing this in the Subway, so I walked over and asked them why they weren’t masked. The male officer kept pretending he couldn’t hear what I was saying,
He told me ‘I can’t hear you through your mask…'”
I kept asking them to follow the law and put a mask on, and the officer declared that I was being ‘disruptive’ and grabbed me and shoved me ~60 feet over to the emergency exit and slammed me through it.
He yelled at me ‘if you’re not going to ride the train you can leave!’
Gilbert said he then exchanged information with the woman who recorded the video and left the station.
Masks are required for all people using Metropolitan Transportation Authority services in NYC (except on outdoor train platforms and bus stops) The NYPD requires that its officers use masks on public transportation.
Speaking at a press conference, NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea called the conduct in the video
At first no action was taken, but after the video went viral, the cops were issued command disciplines. This penalty could cost them up to 10 vacation days.
The announcement followed a condemnation from Mayor Bill de Blasio, who said he was
“troubled by that video.”
(Photos, screen grabs; via NBC News)