SA mayoral candidate using police officers to escort people to polls

Manuel Medina says he's hired private police escorts for years

SAN ANTONIO – With just days to go before Election Day, mayoral candidate Manuel Medina is answering questions about videos posted to the Medina for Mayor Facebook page that show two officers blocking traffic and leading caravans of voters to polling sites.

The videos, recorded on Facebook Live April 22 and April 29, show motorcycle officers on bikes with sirens and flashing lights.

In one of the videos, an officer’s uniform has a patch that shows San Antonio police, depicting a design similar to the one worn by San Antonio police officers.

“Since I’ve been chairman of the (Bexar County) Democratic Party, we've had caravans and we have hired private police escorts,” said Medina. “It’s never been an issue. Why? Because we're not using city employees or anything related to the city. But it’s an issue today!”

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Medina said he hired the officers through a private company, although he could only provide the company’s phone number, not the company’s name.

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