Cleveland Police Union To Protest Against Anti-Police Brutality Protests By Cleveland Browns
The Cleveland police union is planning to protest against Cleveland Browns players who have been protesting against police brutality and racism during the national anthem.
The police union is refusing to hold the American flag for a pregame ceremony during the Browns’ season opener Sept. 10.
Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association president Steve Loomis told Cleveland.com how outraged he was that the Browns were allowing their players to exercise their free speech rights:
It’s just ignorant for someone to do that. It just defies logic to me. The fact that management was aware of what they planned on doing, that’s as offensive as it can get.
Browns executive vice president of football operations Sashi Brown said: “We respect their efforts to use their platform to make some change.”
When management allows you to do those things, then that’s on them. It’s hypocritical of the Browns management and ownership to want to have an armed forces first-responder day, and have us involved in it when they allow their players to take a knee during the national anthem. That’s the very representation of what we stand for. That’s why we aren’t going to [hold the flag].
Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia told HuffPost:
The union does not speak for the division. The Division of Police is in no way boycotting the Browns, nor denying participation in events with our officers.