Police In Trouble Over Trump Antics
Donald Trump is in hot water again, and, this time, he's taking San Antonio police officers down with him. The twelve police officers in question are
Donald Trump is in hot water again, and, this time, he’s taking San Antonio police officers down with him. The twelve police officers in question are facing punishment from the San Antonio Police Department for wearing Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again”. The infraction became public knowledge when “The Don” tweeted out a video a couple of days ago.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
In the video, you can see Trump standing with a group of uniformed, on duty, police officers on the tarmac at San Antonio International Airport. The majority of the officers are wearing the red Donald Trump hats.
The offense didn’t come from the officers’ candidate of choice, but that the officers were endorsing a political candidate while in uniform and working. The city of San Antonio, like almost every other US city, forbids public employees from partaking in political endorsements while on the job.
“I expect them to know better than to give the appearance of endorsing a candidate while on duty and in uniform,” San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said, according to The Washington Post. “Regardless of the political campaign or the candidate.”
But, the Washington Post wasn’t the only one to weigh in on the situation. San Antonio Mayor, Ivy R. Taylor, took to Twitter to voice her opinion on the matter.
— Mayor Ivy R Taylor (@IvyRTaylor) October 12, 2016
The officers in question owere part of a motorcycle brigade that escorts politicians and other high-ranking people while visiting San Antonio. They were with Trump as his motorcade escort to and from the airport.
Though the Fraternal Order of Police, a group that represents 325,000 law enforcement officers in the US, officially endorsed Donald Trump, Mike Helle, president of the San Antonio Police Officers Association, said he was surprised that the uniformed officers in the hats.
“It seems kind of benign,” said Helle. “They’d probably get a written reprimand or counseling to not do that sort of thing on duty.”
This isn’t the first time Trump has gotten law enforcement some unwanted attention. Last month in Phoenix, Trump was filmed standing on an airport tarmac with uniformed police officers. When the footage aired, the Phoenix City Attorney sent the campaign a cease-and-desist letter.
“The officers depicted in the ad were in uniform precisely because they were on duty performing work for Phoenix at the time,” the letter said, according to AZ Central. “In this context, the ad unmistakably and wrongfully suggests that Phoenix and the officers support or endorse Mr. Trump’s campaign.”