NYC Taxi Driver Suspended, Accused of Wearing Nazi Armband

Saturday, May 17, 2014  |  Updated 5:56 AM CDT
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NYC Taxi Driver Suspended, Accused of Wearing Nazi Armband

Anti-Defamation League

A New York City cab driver has been suspended, accused of wearing a swastika armband while on duty.

The 27-year-old driver from the Bronx was suspended by the Taxi and Limousine Commission on May 9 after the agency investigated a customer's complaint. He will not be allowed to drive a taxi for 30 days. 

As part of its investigation, the agency obtained photos that they say showed him wearing the swastika armband on his left arm while driving in Manhattan.

A TLC official said the driver violated a "proper conduct" rule which states that drivers must not "act against the best interests of the public."

In a statement Friday, the Anti-Defamation League applauded the TLC's "swift investigation and successful prosecution of this outageous and inflammatory gesture by a taxicab driver."

"By openly displaying this hate symbol identified with Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party while operating a New York City taxicab, the driver sent a frightening and offensive message to New Yorkers about who might be welcome – and unwelcome – in the taxicab he was driving," the statement continued.

The driver has been operating a New York City taxi since November 2011, according to the TLC. 
 

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