Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem before every game of the 2016 NFL season as a protest against racism and the police brutality of unarmed Black men. Yet a police officer at the University of Nevada, Reno thought it would be funny to dress up as the free-agent quarterback while wearing a sign that said, "Will stand for food."
Although the Associated Press nor the Reno Gazette Journal mentioned the offending officer by name, University of Nevada, Reno police Chief Adam Garcia apologized for the cop's Kaepernick costume, calling it "insensitive."
"For those who have seen the Halloween costume of one of our officers apparently mocking a citizen who has chosen to take advantage of his constitutional right to protest, I offer my sincere apologies," Garcia said, as reported by the Reno Gazette Journal. "Members of our profession are held to a higher standard and denigrating another — on or off duty — is insensitive for its lack of respect and lack understanding on how others may negatively view their actions and may be impacted."
That being said, University of Nevada, Reno spokesperson, Kerri Garcia, told the AP that although the officer's costume is inappropriate that no action will be taken against him.
The cop's costume combined with the police chief's apology, despite zero discipline being doled out, has people furious on Twitter.
Shaking our damn heads.
Not funny at all.
Talk to 'em.
Imagine the uproar over something like that.
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