- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 12, 2016

More than a dozen San Antonio Police Department officers will face disciplinary action after they donned “Make America Great Again” campaign hats in a video tweeted by Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

The SAPD officers were part of the department’s motorcycle unit that helped escort Mr. Trump’s motorcade to and from the San Antonio International Airport on Tuesday, the San Antonio Express-News reported. About 14 officers were seen in a 25-second video, tweeted later that day by Mr. Trump, wearing the trademark red hats while in uniform.

“The officers wearing the campaign hats while in uniform violated SAPD policy and will be disciplined appropriately,” Police Chief William McManus said in a statement tweeted by the city Tuesday evening. “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.”

In the video, Mr. Trump says “Thank you, fellas” and shakes hands with the officers. Several officers then thank the nominee and gave him a thumbs-up sign. Mr. Trump boards his plane to leave, the officers start their trek back to their motorcycles, and text appears at the bottom of the screen that reads, “WE WILL MAKE AMERICA SAFE & GREAT AGAIN, TOGETHER!”

Mayor Ivy Taylor said she was deeply disappointed in the video, Express-News reported.

Chief McManus declined to elaborate on how the officers would be punished.

Mike Helle, president of the San Antonio Police Officers Association, said such political activity is indeed prohibited, but the officers’ punishments would probably only amount to a slap on the wrist.

“It seems kind of benign,” he told the Express-News. “They’d probably get a written reprimand or counseling to not do that sort of thing on duty.”

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