The NYPD have not had a good history of wearing masks. They even drew criticism from New York State Governor Cuomo during the Black Lives Matter protests following George Floyd's murder in early June.
It would appear, however, the NYPD has not fully learned their lesson and are continuing to shirk mask-wearing, as one student caught on video after deciding to call them out.
Mihai Ciocan confronted the officers in a Brooklyn subway (MTA) station after seeing they were not wearing their masks.
Referencing the $50 fine the NYC MTA has imposed for not wearing a mask, Ciocan approached the officers and asked:
"Does the fine apply to just me or you guys if you don't wear a mask?"
So @NYGovCuomo said that if you don’t wear a mask on public transit, it’s a $50 fine, AMAZING! BUT who is enforci… https://t.co/vrmdxTpD3Z— human bean (@human bean)1600190603.0
gonna start a series called "nypd officers not wearing a mask/with their mask on improperly" https://t.co/Mvr01k4VdT— Debbie Dickhole (@Debbie Dickhole)1600391199.0
I love that every single NYPD officer I’ve seen isn’t wearing a mask 🥰 thank you for keeping us safe !!!!— Riley Boots (@Riley Boots)1600357158.0
One officer then dismissed Ciocan, calling him the "male version of a Karen."
"All right, Karen. You're like the male version of Karen."
"Have a nice day ... Take care, Karen."
"It doesn’t really match up with the whole 'Courtesy, Professionalism and Respect' thing I keep seeing on their car… https://t.co/gRYE6ZnSbe— Jake Offenhartz (@Jake Offenhartz)1600292975.0
@Gothamist NYPD says they don't have enough money to fight crime, but they pay these goons to hang out in the subwa… https://t.co/tU7W57HjKX— Boerum Hill Neighbors (@Boerum Hill Neighbors)1600360293.0
@Gothamist @ReignOfApril @NYPDnews #NYPD rarely wear masks, I don’t get it. Isn’t it city law in the subway?! @NYGovCuomo @NYCMayor @nycgov— AK (@AK)1600361152.0
@Gothamist I saw a van full of police get out at the 78th in Brooklyn and not a one of them was wearing a mask. It was infuriating.— Tanya Elder (@Tanya Elder)1600361543.0
@Gothamist @Dr_CMGreer INFURIATING!— 👁🗨Robin Kristy👁🗨 (@👁🗨Robin Kristy👁🗨)1600361092.0
"I actually thought I would get, you know, a logical explanation."
"I got called a male Karen. I wasn't even offended by it, it was just shocking."
"You don't expect someone with a gun to call you that."
These are the NYPD jobs that the Mayor is protecting by cutting essential worker positions instead. #DefundNYPD https://t.co/K3zUWZAM9t— Nick Encalada-Malinowski (@Nick Encalada-Malinowski)1600346895.0
@Gothamist There is no “6 feet” exception for indoor spaces like subways, buses & subway stations. It’s for outdoor… https://t.co/xWgvhCoCv4— Susan Sternberg (@Susan Sternberg)1600293404.0
@Gothamist Karens complain to the manager. Or, Karens are racist. Calling out a cop for not wearing a mask, when he… https://t.co/kLbB0Kn6e5— Phil Johnson (@Phil Johnson)1600299574.0
The police officers, who have not been identified, are just two of many who continue to flout mask-wearing mandates in the city of New York.
Hopefully this video will put some much needed accountability on them.