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Police Officers Disciplined For Wearing Pro-Trump Hats

| by Sarah Zimmerman
Donald Trump greets police officers donning "Make America Great Again" hatsDonald Trump greets police officers donning "Make America Great Again" hats

A number of San Antonio police officers will face disciplinary action for wearing "Make America Great Again" hats while escorting Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to and from the airport.

A city ordinance mandates that employees cannot be involved in politics or express their political disposition while on-duty, according to Fox News. The officers in question were both in uniform and on the job while wearing the hats, meaning that they will be disciplined.

"The officers wearing the campaign hats while in uniform violated SAPD [San Antonio Police Department] policy and will be disciplined appropriately," said Police Chief William McManus in a statement, according to Fox. "SAPD officers are charged with protecting the entire community. The officers displayed poor judgment. 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."

Trump posted a video on his Twitter showing the officers greeting the Republican presidential nominee and posing together for pictures, according to the San Antonio Express-News. The video is approximately 25 seconds long, with Trump telling the officers "Thank you, fellas." The officers respond with a thumbs up and, beneath them, video text reads "WE WILL MAKE AMERICA SAFE & GREAT AGAIN, TOGETHER!”

San Antonio mayor Taylor Ivy also expressed disappointment regarding the incident over Facebook. 

"I am deeply disappointed by some of our SAPD officers' lack of judgment," she writes, according to Fox Antonio. "While on duty, police must be above politics with an obligation to serve everyone equally. Everything they do should send that message and today's actions did not."

The San Antonio Police Association (SAPOA) released a statement, trying to lessen the severity of the officers' transgressions, saying that they were likely "caught up in the moment."

"SAPOA historically does not make federal political endorsement," the association's president, Michael Helle, writes in the statement, according to Fox Antonio. "Dignitaries and celebrities often visit San Antonio and treat our police officers with great kindness, respect, and courtesy. Frankly, the officers were most likely caught up in the moment and did not consider the political nature of their actions."

Although there is no official word as to what type of discipline these officers will face, Helle told the San Antonio Express-News that given the "benign" nature of the transgression, "they'd probably get a written reprimand or counseling to not do that sort of thing on duty."

Sources: Fox News, Fox Antonio, San Antonio Express-News / Photo Credit: Donald J. Trump/Twitter via San Antonio Express-News

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