Chicago Police, United States: Two Officers Reprimanded for Kneeling in Unison with NFL
The war against police brutality towards the black Americans and social injustices has gone to the next level as two Chicago Police officers were pictured kneeling during the national anthem.
The protests, which involves NFL players kneeling during the national anthem before games was started a year ago by a retired San Francisco 49ers player, and now a free agent, Colin Kaepernick. Colin said that he was standing against police brutality towards the people of color.
In the picture, the two black police officers knelt down on one knee with their hands raised in a fist, with them was an activist, Aleta Clarke, with her hand raised in a fist too.
Aleta Clarke posted the photo on her Instagram page.
“That Moment when you walk into the police station and ask the Men of Color are they Against Police Brutality and Racism & they say Yes… then you ask them if they support Colin Kaepernick… and they also say yes… then you ask them to Kneel.!”
The picture went viral on the internet, and by Tuesday morning, it had already reached 1926 likes.
Aleta Clerk said that she wanted to see if there are police officers who supported the NFL in the fight against police brutality. She stated that she went to the first police station and asked the officers if they did, but they refused, so she moved on to the next station and found two black officers. Aleta said that the officers agreed to kneel with her as a symbol of solidarity against racial injustices.
“It takes a lot for a person to sacrifice, to jeopardize their careers, for something they believe in possibly. That’s heroic,” said Clark about the officers.
Chicago is the third biggest city in the United States and has the highest rate of shootings and killings in the country. The Chicago police department also has a sad history of the black community due to the past abuses.
The Chicago Police spokesperson told the Chicago Tribune that the officers would be dealt with accordingly; their case will be handled like the previous disciplinary matters of officers who issued political statements while in police uniform. The spokesman said that the two violated the department policy.