On Thursday morning, scores of viewers tuning in to see the 2016 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade got a surprise during the portion of the parade featuring symbols of the NYPD and FDNY.

According to viewers, NBC cut away to commercial shortly after cameras caught the portion of the parade with balloons and marchers from local fire and police departments.

Shortly after the perceived slight to law enforcement, people watching the parade took to Twitter to air their grievances.

that & serve you even though you cut away as soon as they show up in the parade giving more time to singers,” one Twitter user wrote.

“Such a shame that you cut to commercial instead of showing the very hard working men and women of the NYPD and FDNY.. ,” another chimed in.

“And now continuing a long Thanksgiving Day tradition, Lieutenant Tony Giorgio marches his NYPD police band down one of the many streets they patrol,” host Matt Lauer said as the NYPD band began playing the National Emblem March.

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The actual appearance lasted a little longer than online outrage may make one believe. Members of the NYPD or their signage were on screen for over 30 seconds.

What may best be described as poor timing by NBC was perceived as some expression of liberal bias by viewers.

About 3,000 NYPD officers worked Thanksgiving Day to keep the patrons of the parade safe.

“I’m worried about keeping everybody safe. That’s our job, and I think all 36,000 of us worry about that. It’s an important function. But we’re well prepared, and we started preparing for this the day after Thanksgiving last year,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said according to NY1.

Douglas Barclay is a Senior Editor at Rare. Follow him on Twitter @douglabarclay17
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