Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou is now facing an ethics complaint after she criticized NYPD cops for going mask-less after the funeral of slain Officer Jason Rivera — and for liking a tweet that compared cops with Nazis.
The NYPD detectives’ union filed the complaint earlier after Niou posted on her Twitter account a statement about honesty which takes a potshot on some NYPD police officers.
Last week, Niou quote-tweeted a video posted by lawyer Scott Hechinger that depicted NYPD officers waiting for the subway without wearing masks and accusing them of “steal(ing) subway fare” by walking through subway exit gates.
“It honestly takes a lot to take a heartbreaking tragedy and a family’s moment of mourning and turn it into a frightening show of intimidation for the whole city and be a massive health risk to every New Yorker. But they somehow did it,” Niou tweeted.
Aside from this tweet, Niou also liked a social media poster with the handle AT-AT Stampede who apparently described the funeral procession as “their fascism rally on the streets above,” alongside photos depicting a Nazi march and NYPD officers lining Fifth Ave.
The NYPD union said the state Assembly member’s tweet is a “clear violation of ethical behavior” and that she is making police into “pawns in her quest for social media popularity.”
“It is grossly irresponsible for her to compare heartbroken, New York City public servants attending line-of-duty funerals for their colleagues to Nazi soldiers during WWII,” DEA President Paul DiGiacomo said.
DiGiacomo defended that the remark that police officers “steal subway fares” is a lie.
“While on and off duty, members of the NYPD are permitted to ride the subway for free, because they are serving and protecting the public while doing so,” DiGiacomo explained.