NYPD officer criticized for General Lee car

A NYPD officer is criticized for driving a General Lee car to work.

(CNN) – A car parked at a NYPD precinct station house is prominently decorated with a symbol some equate with racism.

It was spotted at the 34th precinct station house – parked inside the lot authorized for police officers.

A CBS2 viewer sent us these pictures of a Dodge Charger with a confederate flag on the roof – owned by a New York City cop.

It’s a symbol of racism, really if you think about it. It doesn’t bother me either way, it really doesn’t,” said Michael Wynn.

Fans of “The Dukes of Hazzard” will immediately recognize the car as The General Lee. But in the 30 years since the show left CBS, attitudes about the confederate flag have changed.

Last year a Long Island catholic school suspended two students for bringing one to school. NASCAR won’t allow The General Lee in pre-race ceremonies. And a Texas ban on confederate flag specialty plates has gone all the way to the Supreme Court.

Civil rights attorney Nadine Strossen says displaying the flag is clearly protected by the first amendment.

“Government must remain neutral to any viewpoint or idea and allow the expression of ideas even if the vast majority of the community considers the idea dangerous offensive wrong and evil,” Strossen said.

A police source describes the cop who owns that replica of the general lee as a big-time “Dukes of Hazzard” fan and says he’s only driven it to the precinct on a couple of occasions.

A spokesman says, “…due to the fact that its presence at a NYPD facility may be considered as offensive and/or inappropriate, the registered owner is being instructed that the car should not be parked on NYPD property.”

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