Are police officers allowed to wear political garb with their uniform?
That’s the question being raised after Donald Trump posted a video Tuesday showing about a dozen San Antonio officers wearing Trump’s signature “Make America Great Again” baseball caps along with their police uniforms.
“Thank you Texas! If you haven’t registered to VOTE- today is your last day,” Trump tweeted Tuesday evening along with the video, which appeared to be recorded Monday.
The video shows the police officers, clad in the red hats, huddling around Trump for a group picture.
So, did the officers break any rules in doing so?
According to the department’s chief, the answer is yes.
“The officers wearing the campaign hats while in uniform violated SAPD policy and will be disciplined appropriately,” Chief William McManus wrote in a statement. “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.”
McManus promised disciplinary action for the officers over the incident.
Statement from Police Chief William McManus: pic.twitter.com/iBBKvMOpuE— City of San Antonio (@COSAGOV) October 12, 2016
This isn’t the first time San Antonio’s police dress code has made headlines. In 2014, the department said it would begin enforcing a policy that requires officers to cover up their tattoos in an effort to make the department look more professional.Material from the Associated Press was included in this report.