A New York police officer was suspended after he was caught on video telling a driver to blame New York City mayor Bill de Blasio for his traffic ticket (video below).
The officer, who was not named by the media, is seen in a brief 10-second video clip ticketing a driver in the Bronx, New York, and telling the man to blame it on de Blasio, the NY Post reports.
"Mayor de Blasio wants us to give out summonses, okay?" the officer is heard saying in the video, referring to the mayor's Vision Zero initiative to improve traffic safety.
"I don't know if you voted for him or not," the officer continues. "I don't live in the city. I wouldn't have voted for him because this is what he wants. He wants us to give out summons."
"I feel you, this is a hard job," the driver responds.
The video was originally posted to YouTube on April 9 by someone with the username 181elvis but has since been taken down, the NY Post notes. More copies of the video were later posted to the site.
Sources within the New York Police Department (NYPD) said the incident happened in the 46th Precinct in the Bronx, and the officer in question has been suspended from duty pending an investigation.
"The incident is under review by the Precinct Commanding Officer," the NYPD said in a statement, according to the NY Post.
De Blasio reportedly launched the Vision Zero initiative in 2014 to help reduce traffic fatalities in the city. The new policy lowered speed limits in many areas to 25 mph, added traffic cameras, and increased criminal penalties against violators.
The initiative has caused the number of traffic tickets issued in the city through February to increase by 20 percent compared to the same period in 2015.
This was not the first time a New York police officer was caught on video behaving unprofessionally towards a driver.
Another NYPD detective was disciplined in 2015 after a viral video showed him berating an Uber driver that he had pulled over, according to another NY Post article.
The officer was stripped of his shield and gun and placed on modified duty in response to the incident. He was also removed from the department's prestigious Joint Terrorism Task Force.