I understand the point that the issue here is about a lie, not a hat. However, the trooper had been reprimanded before over a silly hat, and his "little white lie" is not the same as lying about a real issue, say for example, an assault charge. The comparison is not a valid one. It appears it is a common procedure to remove the hat before searching a vehicle anyway (though I suppose the trooper could have used that explanation - my guess is that he forgot about it and drove off with it on the roof of the car - probably an obvious miss for a trooper in a non-threatening situation). Perhaps a small suspension for not being truthful, buy a new hat, and everyone move on.
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