Watching this madness unfold is disheartening and these police officers who are supposed to serve and protect are simply doing the absolute most.
The Santa Clara Police Union has reportedly sent a letter to the San Francisco 49ers stating that officers of the division may stop working team events unless changes are made regarding player Colin Kaepernick‘s recent protest and behavior. The Santa Clara Police Officers’ Association said if the 49ers failed to take action against Kaepernick’s pregame protest, officers could respond by “choosing not to work at your facilities,” according to a letter written by union members obtained by NBC Bay Area. On average, about seventy Santa Clara police officers staff the home games.
According to USA Today, Santa Clara Police Department spokesperson Lt. Dan Moreno told USA TODAY Sports in a text message that the agency would issue a response to the letter on Saturday.
The 49ers are scheduled to open the season at Levi’s Stadium against the Los Angeles Rams on Monday, Sept. 12 as part of a national television doubleheader. The 49ers, according to the report, said Friday they continue to stand behind the statement they first made when Kaepernick’s protest was first publicized.
In that statement, the team said, “In respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
Messages left with the police union by USA TODAY Sports were not returned as of Friday, September 2nd.
Colin Kaepernick is not hurting anyone with his protest. He is not inciting riots, promoting violence or damaging public or personal property so what is everyone in a major uproar for? We all have differences of opinions whether we like it or not. One man’s belief does not give enough ammunition for an entire police department to remove themselves from staffing sporting events that host thousands.
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Written By: Monique C. Tillman