Robert Sisco of the New Paltz, New York Police Department is facing harsh criticism for recently surfaced video of a transphobic rap which also calls for the death of Hillary Clinton.
The video shows officer Sisco in full police uniform, rapping for social media in his squad car.
He drops this non-rhyming line which attracted the wrong kinds of attention:
"There's only two genders and Trump's still your president / Boys have a penis and girls have a vagina."
You can watch the video here:
New Paltz police officer's rap video leads to accusations of transphobia youtu.be
The New Paltz community immediately expressed their outrage over the clip online, where the "town board" said they'd received many complaints.
meet exhibit A: Robert Sisco from New Paltz NYhttps://t.co/YKxi7nbvqG
— misscee 🌻 (@missceeeeee) June 17, 2020
The board also issued a unified statement saying:
"We are so sorry that the trust of many in our community has been broken and that their safety feels threatened. No one in our town should have to feel that way about our police."
Meet Robert Sisco. A cop. He likes to rap. #transphobia #NewPaltz #NewYork #cop #policeofficer https://t.co/ECebORjMup
— Señor Appleby (@Milkieboy) June 18, 2020
Although Sisco does mention near the end of his rap that "I'd rather use my words than resorting to violence," his threats against Clinton and transphobic messages in the midst of Pride month were enough to warrant disciplinary action.
What an idiot. He should be fired.
— OBELISK OF WOKENESS (@AloisiusBarnes) June 18, 2020
The New Paltz Police Department is now investigating the video to "explore and direct responsive action in this matter."
Sisco has been placed on a paid leave while his video is investigated. The internet, however, feels the consequences he faces should be more serious.
Why would he make the video, identify himself, and post to social media if he didn't want any repercussions?
— Ethel Stiles (@isthisethel) June 18, 2020
It really shouldn't have to be said that police officers shouldn't be rapping threats against Hillary Clinton while on duty.