Santa Clara Police Chief Says They Will Protect Kaepernick, But His Comments Still Made Him Sad & Angry
A few days ago, the Santa Clara Police Union reportedly sent a letter to the 49ers organization threatening not to work games if the Colin Kaepernick situation isn’t handled—with regards to the comments he made towards police.
Some of those comments are as follows:
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game against Green Bay. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
“..You can become a cop in six months and you don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist. That’s insane. Someone that’s holding a curling iron has more education and more training than people who have a gun and are going out on the streets to protect us.”
Those comments rubbed them the wrong way, but on Saturday, Santa Clara police chief Michael J. Sellers assured everybody that citizens will be protected at games despite Kaepernick’s stance and his comments towards police.
“I will urge the (Santa Clara Police Officers’ Association) leadership to put the safety of our citizens first,” Sellers said. “I will work with both sides to find a solution. In the meantime, I will ensure we continue to provide a safe environment at Levi’s Stadium.”
“Many of us in the law enforcement community have been saddened and angered by Kaepernick’s words and actions,” Sellers said. “His blanket statements disparaging the law enforcement profession are hurtful and do not help bring the country together. As distasteful as his actions are, these actions are protected by the Constitution. Police officers are here to protect the rights of every person, even if we disagree with their position.”