Fury as cop cars go po­lit­i­cal

New York Post - - NEWS - Michael Gart­land, Tina Moore

A num­ber of NYPD ve­hi­cles in The Bronx have been il­le­gally stamped with stick­ers telling peo­ple to vote “no” on a ref­er­en­dum to hold a con­sti­tu­tional con­ven­tion in Al­bany.

The bumper stick­ers were pho­tographed on NYPD ve­hi­cles be­long­ing to the 40th Precinct (right) in Mott Haven as re­cently as Wed­nes­day.

“Vote NO! con­sti­tu­tional con­ven­tion = more taxes,” the stick­ers read.

If held, the con­ven­tion could re­sult in far-reach­ing changes to the state Con­sti­tu­tion — in­clud­ing po­lice of­fi­cer pen­sions.

Law-en­force­ment unions have stated their op­po­si­tion to the con­ven­tion.

Pro-con­ven­tion ac­tivists were in­censed at the bumper stick­ers.

“Us­ing govern­ment re­sources in this way is to­tally il­le­gal,” said Evan Davis of the Com­mit­tee for a Con­sti­tu­tional Con­ven­tion. “It’s dis­ap­point­ing to see the NYPD, which is charged with up­hold­ing the law, break­ing it.”

An NYPD spokesper­son said that precinct com­man­ders have been in­structed to fol­low guide­lines re­gard­ing “unau­tho­rized items that are af­fixed to ve­hi­cles.”

A City Hall spokesper­son said city em­ploy­ees are “pro­hib­ited from en­gag­ing in po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity dur­ing work hours.”


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