San Antonio Cops in Hot Water for Trump Hats

October 19, 2016


At least 14 San Antonio police officers have been reprimanded by city officials after Donald Trump tweeted a video of himself that showed the on-duty officers sporting "Make America Great Again" caps.


The officers were part of the motorcycle unit that escorted Trump to and from San Antonio International Airport. The unit often helps transport visiting dignitaries, Mike Helle, president of the San Antonio Police Officers Association, told the San Antonio Express-News.


Trump was in town for a private fundraiser. The video shows him shaking hands with officers on the tarmac at the airport, and the tweet encouraged people to register to vote.


San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor, a Democrat, said she was disappointed by the officers' lack of judgment, and Police Chief William McManus said the officers would be disciplined. Political activity while on duty is prohibited.

"The officers displayed poor judgment," McManus said in a statement. "I expect them to know better than to give the appearance of endorsing a candidate while on duty and in uniform, regardless of the political campaign or the candidate."


Helle said he was surprised the officers wore the hats, but that the punishment would likely be light.

"It seems kind of benign," Helle said. "They'd probably get a written reprimand or counseling to not do that sort of thing on duty."


Last month, the Fraternal Order of Police, which represents more than 325,000 members, endorsedTrump, saying he "understands and supports our priorities, and our members believe he will make America safe again." 


The FOP has not endorsed a Democratic nominee since Bill Clinton in 1996, the union's executive director said, according to The Washington Post, and did not endorse any candidate in 2012

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