A recent video went viral on Twitter showing two New York Police Department officers pushing a man out of a New York City subway station, causing fury on social media.
In the video, recorded by an onlooker, Andy Gilbert is pushed by cops after he reportedly asked them where their masks were.
The male cop pushes Gilbert away from the subway platform at 8th Street station with the aid of his female police partner. The female officer helped to push the emergency gate open, as shown in the video.
#NYC #NYPD harassing this subway rider for having the nerve to ask them to put on masks! #notabovethelaw
— ekki spyrja mig að því (@ekki spyrja mig að því)
“I kept asking why aren’t you wearing a mask. Eventually, he said I was being disruptive,” Gilbert told The New York Post.
“He said, ‘If you’re not going to ride the train, you can get out’.”
Gilbert claimed that he spoke with the cops for a couple of minutes before they pushed him out. “Sorry, I can’t hear through your mask,” said the male officer, who initially claimed he couldn’t follow what Gilbert was saying.
Face masks are required on all public transit, by law.
Violations can result in a fine of up to $50. After the officer grabbed Gilbert to shove him out, the woman who videotaped the disturbance stated she witnessed the cops refuse to listen to Gilbert and started filming the situation on her phone.
People on Twitter were outraged to see people who have taken on the job to protect others from harm could be negligent. Check out those responses below.
Not only does violate NYPD regs, not only does this violate MTA rules, but this looks a whole lot like assault. https://t.co/USeFvwcmcJ
— Albert Fox Cahn 🦊 (@Albert Fox Cahn 🦊)
This is really messed up🤦🏻♀️ https://t.co/lj3ua7U5Zg
— My Cinema Adventure (@My Cinema Adventure)
These cops were in the wrong and are a danger to the public in regards Covid 19 - They should be fired. https://t.co/91FPO4NZvI
— Rosanna Jackson Wright🦉_ART (@Rosanna Jackson Wright🦉_ART)
This is disturbing. The police should be wearing masks. Period. And for them to be that upset to use force is so wr… https://t.co/LoyHrHZWMh