SAN ANTONIO, Texas (KXAN) — San Antonio police officers who wore Donald Trump campaign hats on the airport tarmac as the met the Republican presidential hopeful Tuesday will be disciplined, the chief said.
Chief William McManus said the officers wearing the “Make America Great Again” hats violated department policy.
“SAPD officers are charged with protecting the entire community,” McManus said. “The officers displayed poor judgment.”
In a video Trump posted to Twitter, more than a dozen officers are seen around the Republican presidential candidate as he’s about to depart San Antonio. Officers can be heard saying, “Thank you sir” and seen giving the thumbs up sign before they walk away with the red baseball caps on.
“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,” the chief said in a statement.
San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor said in a Twitter post she was deeply disappointed by the officers’ lack of judgment. “Police must be above politics & serve everyone equally… Everything they do should send that message and today’s actions did not.”
Trump made his stop in San Antonio at the Grand Hyatt Hotel downtown around noon and then heading to Dallas later in the afternoon.