City of Nacogdoches: Hydrant worker gives 'thumbs up' to Trump supporters

Published: Nov. 14, 2016 at 6:46 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 14, 2016 at 8:51 PM CST
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Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff
Source: KTRE Staff

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - An on-duty Nacogdoches city worker has been given a day off without pay for giving approval to a political activity that happened Sunday.

Protesters are now, more than ever, wanting to get their message across.

Peaceful protesters were busy delivering their anti-hate message when a Nacogdoches city worker opened a nearby fire hydrant on North Street. That caused the lane closest to Denise McDonald, Jessi Moore, and other protesters to flood. 

"The water was coming so quickly that we kept having up walk farther down the road," McDonald said. "And someone in a wheelchair didn't get back far enough quickly enough and a lot of us got completely sprayed."

Then the public works employee gave Trump supporters gathered across the street a thumbs up.

Reports of the incident is how City Manager Jim Jeffers started his Monday morning.

"And what he shared with us was poor judgement on his part," Jeffers said. "He used the comment, 'I'm really stupid.'"

Jeffers said the employee was on hydrant duty, but workers are instructed not to know open them near gatherings. The employee's approval gesture toward Trump supporters is what really caught Jeffers' attention.

"That is a violation of city policy to express any type of an opinion involving political races, and so that's still under consideration for disciplinary action," Jeffers said.

"I hope he gets reprimanded," Moore said. "Definitely some action. If we let that slide, what else if going to slide, you know."

A video found Twitter shows a truck driver intentionally gunning the engine to send black exhaust onto protesters. Protesters won't be intimidated and are planning future rallies. 

They hope motorists will be respectful of their peaceful gatherings.

"Yeah, I think we definitely need to keep speaking out, so we don't lose our voice," Moore said.

McDonald posted on social media, "Nothing will dampen our demonstration."

The extent of any possible disciplinary action against the Nacogdoches city employee is not known at this time.

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