This spring, police in Boston “arrested” the Easter Bunny. It was funny, see, because it demonstrated that cops can be silly and have a good time around the holidays. It encouraged community engagement and went over really well. The same can’t be said for a Halloween stunt pulled in Medford, Massachusetts, which is just a 15-minute drive from Boston.
In Medford, Harold MacGilveray, the president of the police union, posed with a person in a Hillary Clinton mask and orange jumpsuit labeled “INMATE.” Look:
— Rep Al Baldasaro (@Al_Baldasaro) October 29, 2016
According to the Boston Globe, photos of the event were taken at the Haines Square Annual Fall Festival in West Medford and were posted on the Medford Police Patrolman’s Association’s Facebook page before being taken down once people started getting angry. The anger likely stemmed from the inclusion of the message “Making America Great Again in West Medford Square!” along with one of the pictures. Obviously, that’s a variation on Donald Trump‘s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan, which some people didn’t think was an appropriate feature in a photo that included officers in uniform, who they feel should not influence opinion by promoting an affiliation.
This is from the statement that MacGilveray sent to the Globe:
These were Halloween costumes. It was meant totally as a joke. I apologize if this offended anyone in any way. I never expected this sort of reaction. It was poor judgment on my part.
Trump has come under fire recently for promising that Clinton will face jail time if he is elected, which has prompted comparisons to dictators.
[image: Representative Al Baldasaro]
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