Some San Antonio Police Department officers are at the heart of a controversy after they were pictured with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump wearing “Make America Great Again” hats.
The video was shared on Donald Trump's official Twitter account:
SAPD Chief William McManus expressed his disappointment with the move, saying that the officers violated department policy. He released a statement on Twitter saying, in part:
“The officers displayed poor judgement. 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.”
Statement from Police Chief William McManus: pic.twitter.com/iBBKvMOpuE— City of San Antonio (@COSAGOV) October 12, 2016
Mayor Ivy Taylor joined Chief McManus on social media, condemning the actions of the officers:
“Police must be above politics & serve everyone equally. Everything they do should send that message and today’s actions did not.”
After sharing the photo to our KENS 5 Facebook page, hundreds of comments were posted within minutes by people either admonishing the officers or defending them.