September 3, 2016

Police union threatens boycott of 49ers games over Colin Kaepernick protest

Guardian - The union for police officers who work San Francisco home games says its members may boycott policing the stadium if the 49ers don’t discipline Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand during the national anthem and for his statements about law enforcement.

A letter from the Santa Clara Police Officers Association sent to the 49ers was obtained Friday by KNTV-TV, the NBC affiliate in San Jose.

It says that Kaepernick’s protest has “threatened our harmonious working relationship” with the 49ers. About 70 officers from the Santa Clara Police Department patrol Levi’s Stadium when the 49ers play there. As Kaepernick's racial injustice protest hits the road, a country begins to talk Read more

“If the 49ers organization fails to take action to stop this type of inappropriate behavior it could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities,” the letter reads. “The board of directors of the Santa Clara Police Officer’s Association has a duty to protect its members and work to make all of their working environments free of harassing behavior.”

It also criticized what it called anti-police statements made by Kaepernick, calling them “insulting, inaccurate and completely unsupported by any facts.”


Anonymous said...

I hope the police does boycott that easy, well-paid, sought-after detail work. It's one of the few times that hiring private security makes a ton of sense.

The Blue Bloc loses this battle. There is no upside for them.

greg gerritt said...

The police again show just how little regrad they have for civil liberties in this country. They want bviolence, not jsutice. The militarization of sports in this country is truly sick. Congress should outlaw advertising by the military and sponsorships of bowl games. But that is their best recruitoing device.

Prof. Michael Avery said...

The police union is dead wrong here. Kaepernick's brave stand is clearly an exercise of his right to free speech, which the police are supposed to protect. The 49ers should call their bluff. I doubt these cops will give up free admission to a football game, plus overtime detail pay.