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New York taxi driver suspended for wearing swastika

By Mason White 5:39 PM May 18, 2014
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By: Anika Rao
(Scroll down for video) A New York City taxi driver complained that his rights were being violated after being suspended for wearing a swastika on his arm.

27-year-old Gabriel Diaz said that people usually cursed him when they saw that he was wearing the bright red band on the left arm.

“People usually said ‘f*** you Nazi,’” he said. He said that passengers never complained, and were oblivious to the diatribes that occurred outside the taxi.

However, several people were so disgusted that they took pictures and filed complaints with the Anti-Defamation League. The Anti-Defamation League sent a letter to the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

“We are very disturbed by this provocative and offensive display, and we appeal to the Taxi and Limousine Commission of New York, to investigate this issue and take appropriate action as soon as possible,” Evan Bernstein, the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League, said. The agency investigated Diaz and suspended his license for 30 days after pleading guilty to violating their rules.

It is against the rules for drivers do anything that is against the best interests of the public. Diaz feels that the suspension is a violation of his constitutional rights.