RENO, Nev. – Police at the University of Nevada, Reno, are apologizing for an officer who dressed up as Colin Kaepernick for Halloween and mocked the former 49ers quarterback’s refusal to stand for the national anthem last season, reported the Sacramento Bee. The trend has continued this year as a form of protest against the president, and recently the Houston Texans owner for a derogatory comment made about the players being “inmates.”
Chief Adam Garcia apologized Sunday after a photo began circulating on social media showing a university police officer dressed in a wig, painted on beard, false nose, a mocked-up jersey and a sign that says, “Will stand for food.”
hey @unevadareno! one of your officers, Antonio Gutierrez, decided to go as a racist portrayal of #Kaep last night. this isn’t ok!! pic.twitter.com/eCnYFcauxn
— ✨(202) 224 – 3121✨ (@glaserface) October 29, 2017
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports UNR police have not named the officer. Yet while the officer remains unnamed, police chief says the costume was insensitive and disrespectful.
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Furthermore, UNR spokeswoman Kerri Garcia says the officer’s costume is inappropriate but no action will be taken against the officer because there’s no disciplinary policy that addresses the situation.
Kaepernick, who was raised in nearby Turlock, played for Nevada as a collegiate. Afterward, he was drafted in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers.
Many people have been critical of the nature of Kaepernick’s protests, but law enforcement officers felt especially offended when he tweeted earlier this year a message showing an antique badge with the title, “Runaway Slave Patrol” alongside a newer police shield. At the top of the tweet it read, “YOU CAN’T IGNORE YOUR HISTORY.”
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