Two New York City police officers are under investigation after video surfaced of one of them shoving a rider out of a subway platform for allegedly asking them to wear a mask Tuesday morning.
Andrew Gilbert says he was on his way to work when he saw the unmasked officers patrolling the 8th Street station in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village.
He started filming the cops and asked them to put masks on, in compliance with the rules of the New York Police Department and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the city’s trains and buses.
‘The male officer was playing dumb and claimed he couldn’t hear me. I kept asking him over and over, “Do you know it’s illegal not to wear a mask?” Gilbert told AM New York Metro.
‘I kept asking him the same thing and then he said, “You’re being disruptive,” which I guess is their key word for doing whatever they want if they declare you disruptive.’
A NYPD spokesman told DailyMail.com that the two officers involved in Tuesday’s shoving are under internal review. He declined to identify them, citing their ‘right to due process,’ but said he believes officers are required to wear masks on the train.
Two maskless NYPD officers shoved a masked rider off a subway platform Tuesday morning
The rider, Andrew Gilbert, said he had filmed the cops and asked them to put their masks on
The officers were then seen pushing him out of the 8th Street Station in Greenwich Village
A male officer is seen pushing Gilbert out of the platform with both hands in a 35-second video posted on Twitter just before 9am Tuesday.
Gilbert is heard making unintelligible statements as trains speed by during the busy morning rush hour.
The male officer manages to pin Gilbert against the emergency exit, at which point a female officer pushes the door open to eject him.
The male officer says, ‘You’re being disruptive.’
It’s not clear what Gilbert was saying, though he’s later heard asking for the officers’ badge numbers from the other side of the door.
Meanwhile, the two officers lean against the platform wall and ignore him.
Gilbert later said: ‘He just walked into me, grabbed me and pushed me.
The officers then leaned against a wall and ignored Gilbert’s pleas for their badge numbers
The two officers involved, one male and one female, are now under internal review, police say
‘He grabbed me by the shirt and pushed me over to the emergency exit and slammed me through it, and was yelling at me how, “If you’re not going to ride the train you can get out.”‘
The MTA requires everyone, vaccinated or not, to wear a face covering while riding a train or bus or waiting for one at an indoor station. Those who don’t wear one face a fine of up to $50.
The transportation authority declined to respond to the officers’ behavior on Tuesday.
‘I cannot speak for the way the NYPD addresses its officers when they are found to violate rules,’ spokesman Tim Minton told AM New York Metro.
‘We anticipate that anyone who is in public transit will wear a mask for the safety of themselves, fellow New Yorkers, and transit workers.’
Officers have routinely been photographed and filmed not wearing masks on the subway.
In July, a city transit official pleaded with cops to wear masks on the subway.
‘We’re going to continue to work with our partners and ask our friends at MTA PD, NYPD and other enforcement agencies to wear their masks in the system,’ said New York City Transit chief customer officer Sarah Meyer at a July 19 MTA committee meeting.
‘There’s nothing more important from my perspective than seeing that happen.’
On top of that, NYPD officers are one of the most vaccine-hesitant groups in city government, even though more than 60 of the city’s cops have died of COVID since the pandemic began.
About 68 percent of NYPD workers have gotten at least one dose of vaccine, according to recent data released by the mayor’s office and reported by Patch.com.
That’s below the citywide rate of 85 percent of adults who have received one dose, according to city health data.
It’s also far below more vaccinated city workers like those at the mayor’s office and the department of education (95 percent) and the city’s hospitals (93 percent).
Gilbert says he regularly confronts officers about not wearing masks.
‘Eighty percent of the time they make some lame excuse or put the mask on,’ he said.
COVID-19 are coming down after the Delta variant sent them soaring late in the summer
There were 1,075 confirmed COVID-19 cases in New York City in the week ending October 15, down from a summer high of 1,976 in the week ending August 19
‘I really wish that we had a police department that was dedicated to public safety… They’re just standing there, doing nothing, spreading COVID, and flouting the rules as a show of force. They can just do what they want and there’s no accountability for it.’
In July, NYPD spokesman Sergeant Edward Riley said: ‘We expect our officers to comply with the requirement that masks are worn while on trains and in the transit system.
‘When it comes to the public, we continue to provide any rider with a mask if they need one.’
Mask compliance remains high, with 90 percent of subway riders wearing a face covering in the 10-day period ending on October 1, according to MTA statistics.
Compliance is above the 86 percent rate observed the week of June 28, when the Delta variant had COVID-19 cases soaring. It’s still below the 98 percent rate observed from February to mid-May.
Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are all decreasing, according to city data.
There were 1,075 confirmed cases in the week ending October 15, down from a summer high of 1,976 cases in the week ending August 19.