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Law enforcement union calls for boycott of services for Dolphins

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Four Dolphins players opted not to stand for the national anthem. One local law-enforcement union has spoken out, loudly, on the topic.

Via Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association has called for the suspension of escorts and other protective services for the Dolphins. The move comes in direct response to the decision of four players to kneel during the national anthem prior to last Sunday’s season-opening game at Seattle.

“I can not [sic] fathom why the Miami Dolphin organization and the NFL would allow the blatant disrespect of the American Flag and what it stands for during the national anthem,” wrote union president Jeff Bell. “It is a privilege to play in the NFL, not a given constitutional right. The Miami Dolphin players, staff and family members enjoy full police escorts from the Broward Sheriff’s Office on a regular basis. These escorts often involve putting the men and women of law enforcement agencies at risk as they block intersections during peak traffic times in order to expedite the travel time between facilities.”

The bulk of the letter makes it clear that the complaints from the union trace not to kneeling for the anthem but to the primary reason for the kneeling: Concerns about police brutality against African-Americans and people of color.

“We have buried coworkers who have unnecessarily lost their lives protecting the lives of individuals,” Bell writes. “Some law enforcement officers even lost their lives while protecting the lives of the very same individuals who were protesting against law enforcement. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association Local 6020 is seeking the immediate termination of all Miami Dolphin escorts until such time [as] the Miami Dolphins and the National Football League set forth a policy that will not tolerate the disrespect of the American Flag and National Anthem during any sanctioned games or events.”

Bell wants the Dolphins to mandate that the players stand for the anthem. But with no league rule requiring it and no term of the labor deal between the NFL and NFL Players Association permitting players to be disciplined for failing to stand, there’s nothing the Dolphins can do.

Meanwhile, it continues to be confounding that a clear and obvious middle ground between those who oppose police misconduct and those who oppose misconduct against police can’t be recognized and accepted. Any sane and reasonable person should oppose both, but in this red state/blue state, I’m-right-your-a-idiot reality of American discourse, even the most easily harmonized positions must be forced into polar opposites, with the concerns framed not as pro-common-sense and pro-justice-for-all but pro-police and anti-police, with no gray area between the extremes.

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  1. politiciansareallthesame says: Sep 16, 2016 4:21 PM

    This guy would love North Korea

  2. rogerpredactor says: Sep 16, 2016 4:22 PM

    escorts?

    why would they suspend escorts?

  3. majormalphunktion says: Sep 16, 2016 4:23 PM

    so much for protect and serve.

  4. derekgorgonstar says: Sep 16, 2016 4:23 PM

    I’m sure the people who supported Kap’s right to have an opinion will fully support the police’s right to have an opinion of their own.

    Right?

  5. thisonesforpat says: Sep 16, 2016 4:24 PM

    Ask rank-and-file Police officers to stand together with the players.

  6. tommymomoney says: Sep 16, 2016 4:24 PM

    Since when did the police own the national anthem?

  7. myworldurjuslivinit says: Sep 16, 2016 4:26 PM

    yep, can’t show disrespect and then expect…momma should have taught ya that.

  8. dpdonny says: Sep 16, 2016 4:26 PM

    Good for the Cops!

  9. weepingjebus says: Sep 16, 2016 4:26 PM

    The NFL has thrived despite many turbulent social upheavals in our nation’s history, and often precisely because it was a shelter from politics and external disputes. A competent Commissioner would understand this, which is why now it just keeps getting worse.

  10. bobleblah says: Sep 16, 2016 4:26 PM

    If Cops would do their jobs without judgement, none of these protests would be happening.

  11. ghills2015 says: Sep 16, 2016 4:28 PM

    Just what we need. More thin-skinned, looking for reasons to be pissed off cops in donut shops.

  12. xofootballer says: Sep 16, 2016 4:28 PM

    FINALLY. A reasonable and just response to these idiots. Good for the Sheriff’s Association.

  13. keepcalmandskolon says: Sep 16, 2016 4:28 PM

    If you live in a country where you cannot protest the government, you DO NOT live in a free Country!!!!!!

  14. vusnu says: Sep 16, 2016 4:28 PM

    Right on! Every local law enforcement union in the U.S. should follow their lead.

  15. poirier21 says: Sep 16, 2016 4:30 PM

    Choosing who to protect and who not to protect proves their point that not everyone is equally protect; that cops decide who and when they want to protect certain individuals!

    I personally respect the officers but to not do their job bc a few players decided they did not want to stand for an anthem is pathetic, and proves they may not care for a certain individual if they do not bow to them!

  16. jackedupboonie says: Sep 16, 2016 4:30 PM

    hmm….I think America should just have a NFLess weekend as well

  17. TheDPR says: Sep 16, 2016 4:30 PM

    The NFL should pay for its own security anyway. They get too much at the taxpayer’s expense as it is.

    I’m not going to comment on the anthem stuff because it’s too polarizing and the more important point – that communities give the NFL and its teams way too much free stuff – would be lost.

  18. One for the thumb says: Sep 16, 2016 4:30 PM

    “I can not [sic] fathom why the Miami Dolphin organization and the NFL would allow the blatant disrespect of the American Flag and what it stands for during the national anthem,”

    It’s called the constitution.

  19. psubeerman21 says: Sep 16, 2016 4:33 PM

    Shouldn’t the billion dollar industry pay for their own personal escorts?

  20. xsorethumbx says: Sep 16, 2016 4:33 PM

    protesting is patriotic

  21. professorpigskin46 says: Sep 16, 2016 4:36 PM

    I’m not sure why this bothers people so much. Who cares if players sit, stand, kneel, twerk or whatever during the national anthem.

    Are you there to watch the game or the national anthem?

  22. painsyndicate says: Sep 16, 2016 4:36 PM

    Good for the LE union. Screw these players. Until they either shut up or show some respect they can watch their own backs.

  23. clayjtitan66 says: Sep 16, 2016 4:36 PM

    Isn’t kneeling more subversive then standing?
    Silly cops.

  24. mackcarrington says: Sep 16, 2016 4:37 PM

    So, the police decide that they don’t want to do their duties because because someone exercised their right to protest? So if people protest airlines charging money for every piece of luggage and flights not leaving on time, should air traffic controllers and pilots walk off of their jobs?

  25. zerotrophiessince1961 says: Sep 16, 2016 4:38 PM

    Simple solution for the police here: Stop taking extra cash to run private security on your off days at the stadium. Stop providing official police presence on game days. Boycott the NFL entirely.

    All it will take is one gang fight at a SF or Oakland game and the NFL would fix this problem real fast.

  26. lightninhopkins says: Sep 16, 2016 4:39 PM

    It’s also a privilege to be a police officer. It does not give you the right to kill innocent people.

  27. craniator says: Sep 16, 2016 4:40 PM

    I don’t know what all the fuss is about, since everyone knows that the number of Black men killed by police officers far exceeds the number of Black men killed by other Black men, in their own neighborhoods.

  28. shaggyjeff says: Sep 16, 2016 4:40 PM

    Well said sir , the civil rights groups should escort the players then , or maybe the players protesting should try being a cop one night on a Friday or Saturday night . Maybe they would have some appreciation then.

  29. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 16, 2016 4:41 PM

    Ah yes, so give up your duty protecting and serving the citizens of the country because four players decide to kneel for a song.

    Embarrassing, then again, this is the police.

  30. djvh2 says: Sep 16, 2016 4:42 PM

    “but in this red state/blue state, I’m-right-your-a-idiot reality of American discourse, even the most easily harmonized positions must be forced into polar opposites, with the concerns framed not as pro-common-sense and pro-justice-for-all but pro-police and anti-police, with no gray area between the extremes.”

    I agree. This site should offer to help by presenting only facts and not the usual opinion piece supporting the liberal agenda. Maybe then even people on this site can come together.

    I’m glad someone finally stated that the problem is with the message. Now maybe we can talk about that. Why are people afraid to challenge that more than half of the examples of social injustice are based on incorrect facts designed to support an agenda? Start with the truth on both sides and most people will be willing to listen.

  31. juliusanonymous says: Sep 16, 2016 4:43 PM

    I’m disturbed by the typical response of all police unions:

    “We protect you. How dare you question us? If you say that black lives matter, then you are saying cops should be killed, or that we are doing terrible jobs. Stop saying that, or we will refuse to do our jobs.”

    I have a real problem with that. It’s not helping anything. We have a clear problem with police shootings, and if anything, the police should be trying to find a solution – not making outspoken protests and threats. When someone refuses to accept there might be a problem, then there is zero hope of any change.

    And if there can never be change, then we have only begun to see the fallout – horrible shootings against police officers, riots, etc. No human being can stand the feeling that there is no justice for them, that they are excluded. Change must come from the police themselves, and it appears that many are not ready to do that.

  32. citizenstrange says: Sep 16, 2016 4:44 PM

    Serious question ….. are these “escorts and other protective services for the Dolphins” or any other NFL teams paid for by the team or are they on the taxpayers dime?

    I’ve often wondered this since it seems like NFL teams pay for it because they usually try to go on the cheap with a police presence for home games and not provide the safe and secure atmosphere you would think a multi-multi-multi billion dollar business should provide.

    There are eight home games. Spend an extra hundred thousand per home game and put an end to the beatings and killings that have become all too common.

  33. gonzolo4 says: Sep 16, 2016 4:44 PM

    So much for the police being impartial, shouldn’t they be doing their job regardless of their personal feelings? That’s the definition of professionalism. Their refusal to work, only proves these players point.

  34. pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says: Sep 16, 2016 4:46 PM

    Why not? I’ve boycotted the services of the NFL since their failure to nip this racist, anti-America garbage in the bud.

    Remember NFL, you need me more than I need you.

  35. snapcracklepopfart says: Sep 16, 2016 4:46 PM

    Broward County?
    That’s the place that gave us the George W Bush presidency, therefore the 5 trillion dollar iraq war and ISIS.

    Keep your heads down and mouths shut Broward.

  36. jackedupboonie says: Sep 16, 2016 4:47 PM

    For every bad cop there is a bad electrician..firefighter…accountant. The problem is….the bad cop has more authority than all the other professionals on your life.

  37. buffalosunshine says: Sep 16, 2016 4:47 PM

    yeah if Players only knew what cops went through, they would stop complaining about their people being shot and killed while unarmed.. It is all just a misunderstanding stemming from the ignorance of the players.

  38. charliecharger says: Sep 16, 2016 4:48 PM

    Whether you agree with the players or not, I cannot believe how stupid this cop sounds. Did they ever think that perhaps the Dolphins’ owner, and the other NFL owners believe in freedom? These guys seriously need to be better educated. This cop might as well be urinating on the flag, if he doesn’t believe in freedom. When the Chinese government cracks down on freedom, we chastise them. Now this cop wants to copy them. The cops are the ones being anti-American in this case. Sad. No wonder the players are protesting. This is just blatant racism. Really has nothing to do with the flag.

  39. bowenfootdoc2013 says: Sep 16, 2016 4:49 PM

    My bet is the players will miss the protection and police security more than the police will miss the players. Protesting against those who are basically trying to help you is like slapping your well-meaning mother.

  40. ratbirdsrule says: Sep 16, 2016 4:49 PM

    I live in Baltimore and because police arrested a drug dealer who ran from them and fought them and died while in transport a riot started. the mayor told the police not to engage the rioters and did nothing for the first 5 hours as the city burned.

    When you break the law there a consequences…these donkeys just don’t get it.

    The NFL better nip this in the bud before it gets out of hand.
    Could get ugly if there is no police presence at stadiums.

  41. thegreatgabbert says: Sep 16, 2016 4:49 PM

    The middle ground in anything is show respect for me and I will show respect for you. It’s pretty clear who isn’t willing to meet at the middle ground. Especially that surly second stringer playing for the 49ers. He needs to have his ass kicked.

  42. buffalosunshine says: Sep 16, 2016 4:50 PM

    Just imagine if doctors and nurses said they are going to stop helping gun owners because they are tired of all the gun violence in this country. I am sure that would be received the same way.

  43. sdelmonte says: Sep 16, 2016 4:50 PM

    The way the cops have handled the protests has been abysmal. Instead of ever admitting that there is a problem, they go out of their way to be the aggrieved party and then to make threats like these.

    Cops do not get to pick who they protect and who they don’t. Or at least that’s how it should work. But once you decide that some people are already less worthy than others of due process and decent treatment, denying people who have the nerve to criticize you your protection is possibly not that big a step.

  44. ruffbufffire says: Sep 16, 2016 4:50 PM

    Police are civil servants! To protect and serve. We tge taxpayers pay them. Do what your told officer! How do you like that?

  45. nowtherearesomanybunnies says: Sep 16, 2016 4:51 PM

    painsyndicate says:
    Sep 16, 2016 4:36 PM

    Good for the LE union. Screw these players. Until they either shut up or show some respect they can watch their own backs.

    ———

    This is the United States of America. We don’t withhold police protection based on fealty, or party loyalty, or our feelings about someone else’s free speech. Go back to the Soviet Union.

  46. plum54 says: Sep 16, 2016 4:51 PM

    What does Chippy think about this????

  47. lightninhopkins says: Sep 16, 2016 4:52 PM

    The officers also get paid big bucks for that duty.

  48. arwiv says: Sep 16, 2016 4:52 PM

    I was a cop for over two decades….and I never volunteered my services, I was always compensated for them. In other words, these cops needs to shut up already…its not like they are working for free. If the Dolphins employ off-duty cops to work, then simply DONT take the OT/part-time security employment.

    As far as being respected because cops “put their lives on the line”, where did it say that this “rspect” came with the job? If you took the job thinking you were going to be respected by everyone, then you probably werent smart enough to become a cop in the first place. You work your 8, you go home, you get paid….thats the job.

  49. juliusanonymous says: Sep 16, 2016 4:52 PM

    Further, I’m a white dude, didn’t even really pay attention to the BLM thing at first. What I saw was a number of questionable police shootings, and the cops responding like criminals. I’ve seen video of cops shooting an innocent man in cold blood as he was trying to run away, and then planting evidence at the scene. I don’t know anyone – black, white, red, green, blue, whatever – who doesn’t have a problem with that.

    Except for police unions. Bring it up, and suddenly they’re not going to do their jobs.

    All police should be put under federal jurisdiction, and should be banned from forming unions (which have been a corruptive political force in local elections for too long). Then stick cameras on them, require sufficient training to carry a gun on a public street, and actually make sure you’re not hiring psychopaths. That would be a good start.

  50. buffalosunshine says: Sep 16, 2016 4:53 PM

    I think it is funny how many people think cops stop violence from happening.. That is probably why our prisons are empty.. Cops don’t stop violence. In most cases they get involved and violence spikes and then subsides. They clean up the mess at the end. People in this country solve problems through violence the police included.

  51. demskinsbaby says: Sep 16, 2016 4:53 PM

    Maybe cops are protesting in plain clothes. You don’t know. But I find it really funny how so many of you don’t like the fact that they are protesting against an injustice. As if you condone it…just like the murderous cops. Then you play the victim.

  52. sewalters79 says: Sep 16, 2016 4:54 PM

    The NFL is in big trouble if these idiots keep this up. The NBA is going to be 10 times worse. Boycott the NFL and these morons

  53. ravenbiker says: Sep 16, 2016 4:54 PM

    clayjtitan66 says:
    Sep 16, 2016 4:36 PM

    Isn’t kneeling more subversive then standing?
    Silly cops.

    ******************************************
    subversive?
    I do not think that word means what you think it means.
    Shouldn’t it be ‘submissive’?

  54. archermaggot says: Sep 16, 2016 4:55 PM

    As imperfect humans, we have a tendency to limit our association with other persons to those persons who are most like us. Unfortunately, there is even more of a human tendency to stay within our comfort zone by further narrowing those associations to those persons who share our thoughts and opinions. By doing this we can avoid giving consideration to thoughts and ideas different than our own. This would make us uncomfortable. By considering only the thoughts and ideas we are in agreement with, we stay in our comfort zone. Our own biases get reinforced and reflected back at us leaving no room for any opinion but our own. By doing this, we often convince ourselves that the majority of the world shares opinion and that anyone with another opinion is, obviously, wrong.

    It is only when we go outside that comfort zone, and subject ourselves to the discomfort of considering thoughts we don’t agree with, that we can make an informed judgment on any matter. We can still disagree and maintain our opinions, but we can now do so knowing that the issue has been given consideration from all four sides. Or, if we truly give fair consideration to all points of view, we may need to swallow our pride and amend our original thoughts.

    And, it is only by giving consideration to the thoughts of all persons, even those that disagree with us, that we can have an understanding as to what constitutes a majority.

  55. Raider Jon says: Sep 16, 2016 4:55 PM

    “…but in this red state/blue state, I’m-right-your-a-idiot reality of American discourse, even the most easily harmonized positions must be forced into polar opposites, with the concerns framed not as pro-common-sense and pro-justice-for-all but pro-police and anti-police, with no gray area between the extremes.”

    ——————————

    Well said, Mr Florio. Why is there always a need to draw a line in the sand? When did comprimise become a bad thing?

    I havd been a cop for 22 years. I am so sick of seeing our associations getting into public war of words with atheletes and calling for “boycotts”. Boycotts are just lame. We have a job to do so lets shut up and do it. “Corageous calm in the face of danger, scorn, or ridicule…” Does that sound familiar? It is in the law enforcement code of ethics. I really dislike the disrespect to the national anthum and my country, but this childish reaponse from the union only serves to further devide.

  56. godfatherd says: Sep 16, 2016 4:56 PM

    buffalosunshine says:
    Sep 16, 2016 4:47 PM
    yeah if Players only knew what cops went through, they would stop complaining about their people being shot and killed while unarmed.. It is all just a misunderstanding stemming from the ignorance of the players.

    ______________________________________

    There are a lot of hard jobs out there. If you can’t be a cop without shooting unarmed people, you don’t belong on the job. There is no other job in the world (including the military) where you can make a huge mistake that costs someone their life and walk away without any punishment. Yes being a cop is hard. Yes there is a lot of pressure. If you can’t hack it without becoming trigger happy you shouldn’t be a cop.

  57. 12thmangohawks says: Sep 16, 2016 4:56 PM

    I like JJ Abhrams idea of changing the nat anthem to please stand…or sit…or kneel for the national anthem. Just pull that rug right out. Oh and who cares about the Dolphins, haven’t been relevant since Marino and even then they weren’t winners.

  58. charliecharger says: Sep 16, 2016 4:58 PM

    I think Kaepernick is right that these guys aren’t receiving enough training and education. It’s probably a good idea to know what the flag stands for if you’re going to make such a big fuss about it. Freedom.

  59. tylawsprick says: Sep 16, 2016 5:00 PM

    All this hooie is just BS to divide the nation and elect Hillary. These “social warriors” are being encouraged to ignore the facts and turn a blind eye to the REAL problem. All this talk of bodies in the street is BS…. unless you include all the bodies put there by their “brothers”.

  60. jacunn2000 says: Sep 16, 2016 5:00 PM

    Good for them. These guys are over privileged sissies. While real men and women sit in the dirt fighting against REAL oppression in Afghanistan, they have the audacity of these guys making miliion to play a kids game cry because the are oppressed… SMH.

  61. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 16, 2016 5:01 PM

    Players have the right to free speech.

    Our country was founded on protest.

    The zero tolerance “you’re not saying or doing what I want you to do” stance is about as un-American as it gets.

    That’s what tyrants do, they oppress free speech.

    Anyone who can’t see that police abuse of power is widespread in this country is wearing blinders. There is no easy solution but if we can’t even talk about it then the only way it can go is worse, much worse.

  62. wesnights says: Sep 16, 2016 5:01 PM

    Cops protesting the protestors…. how rich… If they don’t conform to their exact wishes then they will jeopardize public safety? Smh… Isn’t that the complain when protesting in recent years was violent instead of this non-violence? Why didn’t they protest prior to 2009 when the players stayed in the locker room until the league was paid with tax payers money to make a big spectacle before games. Alot of talk coming from police leadership who the vast majority as Shannon Sharpe said “never had to have an act of congress, or amendment passed to get their civil rights”. Lets get back to protecting everyone under the Constitution whether we like it or not and enjoy some football.

  63. FinFan68 says: Sep 16, 2016 5:02 PM

    Bell wants the Dolphins to mandate that the players stand for the anthem. But with no league rule requiring it and no term of the labor deal between the NFL and NFL Players Association permitting players to be disciplined for failing to stand, there’s nothing the Dolphins can do.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~
    Florio is wrong here. The Dolphins can (and should) absolutely mandate the players stand or wait in the tunnel until the anthem is over. It isn’t any different than mandating the players stay in a team hotel the night before home games. The players as individuals have the right to protest whatever they want but that does not extend to situations where they are at work directly representing their employer.

  64. JSpicoli says: Sep 16, 2016 5:06 PM

    This whole thing is not going to end well for the NFL. They are already losing viewers, and they know it.

  65. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 16, 2016 5:07 PM

    you know if everyone would just stop making a big deal about this they wouldn’t get the attention their egos are starved for and they’d just be a couple of guys kneeling.
    I think it’s absurd what they’re doing but they’re not hurting nor helping anything.

  66. clashpoint says: Sep 16, 2016 5:07 PM

    In 2012 Rialto county in California put camera on all their law enforcement officers. After 12 months, uses of force were down 60% and complaints were down 88%. Go look it up if you need to. Imagine how bad things were there just a decade ago – and still are in most other places. The difference in law enforcement behavior came from being held accountable for their actions, that’s it.

    Imagine how bad things are in places with a lot more issues than Rialto California, and where the police have no supervision at all when in the field? Law Enforcement Officers are just human, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    I love how all the right wingnut tools use their freedom of speech to tell others they should be punished for using theirs. These same tools are the ones giving attention to a cause they don’t think anyone should pay attention to.

  67. danielwonderful2015 says: Sep 16, 2016 5:07 PM

    You don’t want to stand? Make them stay in the locker room till the anthem is over.

  68. MiamiDolphinsNationTravelingtoNewEngland says: Sep 16, 2016 5:07 PM

    The Dolphins stadium is located in Miami Gardens, this is one of the most dangerous places in the US, the crime and murder rate is off the charts. Murders are a daily occurrence.
    The poleez need to focus more on actual crimes going on in and around this area and stop worrying about 4 clowns kneeling during the national anthem.

  69. asparatame says: Sep 16, 2016 5:08 PM

    “Any sane and reasonable person should oppose both, but in this red state/blue state, I’m-right-your-a-idiot reality of American discourse, even the most easily harmonized positions must be forced into polar opposites, with the concerns framed not as pro-common-sense and pro-justice-for-all but pro-police and anti-police, with no gray area between the extremes.”
    ———————————————

    This is, after all, the Obamanation in which we live. You asked for it, you got it.

  70. JSpicoli says: Sep 16, 2016 5:08 PM

    Don’t buy gear, Don’t buy tickets

  71. destructicus says: Sep 16, 2016 5:09 PM

    And the award for “ironically missing the point with their statement” goes to Broward County Sheriff’s office. Too funny.

  72. Karmi says: Sep 16, 2016 5:09 PM

    Kaepernick and his Islamic fiancee Nessa Diab (she’s a supporter of ISIS) started this hatred. Now the police in Dallas has started suing “Black Lives Matter, Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam; Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network; Malik Zulu Shabazz and the New Black Panthers; George Soros; President Barack Obama; former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder” etc – in a federal complaint that attorney Larry Klayman filed today (he is a founder of Judicial Watch) so this complaint has some serious teeth.

  73. eagleslayer says: Sep 16, 2016 5:10 PM

    You can’t mandate patriotism in America. The only countries that do that are Korea, China, the former Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.

    Cant wait to see how these racists react when 70% of the players start sitting during the anthem…

  74. firerogergoodell says: Sep 16, 2016 5:10 PM

    Practitioners of law (lawyers) are required to attend 7 years of college and then pass an extensive exam where less than 50% of eligible students pass and become certified to practice law.

    Law enforcers (police officers) are required to have a GED or high school diploma and pass a basic physical fitness exam.

    How does this make any sense whatsoever?

    Law enforcement should be as well versed in the laws as the lawyers. Until that happens we will continue to see unlawful shootings from uneducated officers.

  75. laukkanen5 says: Sep 16, 2016 5:10 PM

    meanwhile 10 blacks will kill other blacks in chicago this weekend., do these morons and the backup qb care……nope……

    but a cop who could be black or white kills a black person who 9 times out of 10 was an altar boy on his way to Yale. then all heck breaks lose..

    black LIES matter

  76. tattooit says: Sep 16, 2016 5:11 PM

    Yea, this seems like the play.

    Refuse services and draw a line in the sand, instead of reaching out to the players to help open productive dialogue between the PD and the community.

    Makes sense.

    I mean protesting the National Anthem is much more of a problem than the fractured relationship between law enforcement and the black community.

    I will never understand the logic of people who blindly take sides instead of looking at the bigger issue, and figuring out what they can to to help fix it. And that goes for everyone. Not just athletes and Law Enforment.

    You, me, FLORIO… all of us. Being this divided should concern us all as Americans.

  77. cantonbound13 says: Sep 16, 2016 5:12 PM

    Must be nice to have a police escort to your JOB! Especially when your JOB is playing a game.

  78. lenthevikesfan says: Sep 16, 2016 5:12 PM

    Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness is listed in the Declaration of Independence.

    One might say that playing in the NFL falls under the pursuit of happiness for these guys. I believe that makes it technically an unalienable right. Yes, No?

  79. suncawy says: Sep 16, 2016 5:14 PM

    The players don’t need escorts anyways because I would bet nearly all of those players have a gun of their own. Their right to bear arms.
    If the escorts stop happening, some of these players will carry their guns to the locker room, which probably happens to some degree.

  80. Joseph says: Sep 16, 2016 5:18 PM

    Florio, that last paragraph may be the best thing you’ve ever written.

  81. goattoday says: Sep 16, 2016 5:18 PM

    The solution is simple. Teams are to remain in the locker room until AFTER the National Anthem is played.

  82. bigdbroncsfan says: Sep 16, 2016 5:18 PM

    The NFL used to be the National FOOTBALL League. Ahhh, I remember the good old days with a smile on my face, watching a game and escaping from the troubles of life.

    Now, it’s just another political protest organization. With all of the sleaze and hate that accompanies all such political occupations. So sad.

    Don’t think I can take much more, because I watched football to escape this garbage. At least I saved money by canceling my NFL Ticket, funny thing though, that was the only reason I got Direct TV.

    I will try to give it a few more weeks, but if the teams can’t escape becoming just another scumy political action group, well that will be that. I really don’t care about standing during the anthem, each to his own. I do think it’s rude, and why try and run off at least half of your customers by bringing politics, protest, hate, and racial issues to the game.

    Note to Goodel, politicizing the game will kill it much faster than concussions. Good job guys. Go NCAA football, my new weekend fun.

  83. nhpats says: Sep 16, 2016 5:19 PM

    snapcracklepopfart says:
    Sep 16, 2016 4:46 PM
    Broward County?
    That’s the place that gave us the George W Bush presidency, therefore the 5 trillion dollar iraq war and ISIS.

    Keep your heads down and mouths shut Broward.

    ———-

    Bush gave us the Iraq war but ISIS is squarely on the calitulator-in-chief and Hillary.

    As for those claiming that protesting is a “right”…..that is true on your own time…..not while you are working. If these guys want to protest, let them do it on their own time. The teams should take a firm position…..no stand…..no play….no paycheck. We will see how true these players are to the cause once they forfeit their pay.

  84. turbo2728 says: Sep 16, 2016 5:20 PM

    If you truly believe that the American flag stands for freedom and liberty, you won’t have a problem with people protesting during the national anthem.

  85. jacunn2000 says: Sep 16, 2016 5:22 PM

    If football players carry guns to thier locker rooms, we won’t have a single one left. They’ll kill each other before the season starts.

  86. charliecharger says: Sep 16, 2016 5:27 PM

    Karmi says:
    Sep 16, 2016 5:09 PM

    Kaepernick and his Islamic fiancee Nessa Diab (she’s a supporter of ISIS) started this hatred. Now the police in Dallas has started suing “Black Lives Matter, Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam; Rev. Al Sharpton and the National Action Network; Malik Zulu Shabazz and the New Black Panthers; George Soros; President Barack Obama; former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder” etc – in a federal complaint that attorney Larry Klayman filed today (he is a founder of Judicial Watch) so this complaint has some serious teeth.

    ************************
    Dude I hate to break it to you, but you sound like ISIS. ISIS hates freedom, and you seem to too. ISIS is a right wing hate group. Sound familiar?

  87. glmore says: Sep 16, 2016 5:28 PM

    Wow. First the fans don’t want to go see the Fins play, now the cops don’t wanna go either.

  88. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 16, 2016 5:29 PM

    bobleblah says:
    Sep 16, 2016 4:26 PM

    If Cops would do their jobs without judgement, none of these protests would be happening.

    ********************************

    If there was better parenting and presence by baby daddy, most of this wouldn’t be happening…

  89. harsing2 says: Sep 16, 2016 5:30 PM

    Heres an idea instead of kneeling for the national anthem do something actually productive. Make a difference in the community. Visit these youth centers or schools where I’m sure more then half the kids there have no father.

  90. jcampol says: Sep 16, 2016 5:30 PM

    why isn’t anyone upset at the photographer taking pictures during the anthem? Isn’t that just as disrespectful?

  91. tomtravis76 says: Sep 16, 2016 5:32 PM

    He should turn in his badge today. Threatening the public’s safety, because 4 players knelt during the anthem, big deal. Look around you the next time the anthem is played, watch people talking, taking videos, eating and or drinking. Another guy abusing his position with a badge. The Dolphins are in Dade County, and while football ops is in Broward, the Dolphins should be paying for private security. Taxpayers don’t need any officers escorting pro teams while on the clock for the public.

  92. getitrightflorio says: Sep 16, 2016 5:34 PM

    Good for them, as VET how do you pull that crap on 9/11 disgraceful. Good think they are not white, or BLM would be protesting something they think is racist.

  93. bcetour says: Sep 16, 2016 5:36 PM

    How about this deal… it should be 100% supported by all and end this drama:

    1. Police zero in on and eliminate racist elements within their ranks. No tolerance, no second chances

    2. African American men stop shooting each other, get educated, get a job and get off the government dole.

    We reduce racial tensions by punishing racists, and end the cycle of poverty at the same time.

    So, okay. All sides agreed then?

  94. jag1959 says: Sep 16, 2016 5:39 PM

    To the folks bringing up the ‘protect and serve’ angle:
    In most instances the expenses incurred for police escorts and other detail work provided by police are reimbursed by teams to the departments providing them. The last city I read anything about giving free police escorts was Indianapolis and they ceased the practice. Police are free to decline the detail work. The point being these are paid services, they have nothing to do with the ‘protect and serve’ function of the police.

    Of course if local ordinances require a paid police presence at public events, such as at a game, that could create an interesting scenario in and of itself. If the county’s laws require it but in turn can’t provide the bodies can they still play the game?

    At times Florida really can be like a 3rd world country unto itself.

  95. snapcracklepopfart says: Sep 16, 2016 5:39 PM

    “yeah if Players only knew what cops went through, they would stop complaining about their people being shot and killed while unarmed.. It is all just a misunderstanding stemming from the ignorance of the players.”

    Oh you have a tough scary job? I guess it’s ok to kill unarmed people without a trial then.

  96. jacunn2000 says: Sep 16, 2016 5:42 PM

    charliecharger says:
    Sep 16, 2016 5:27 PM

    Ignorant comment dude.

  97. liftheavyorliftheavy says: Sep 16, 2016 5:43 PM

    craniator says:
    Sep 16, 2016 4:40 PM

    I don’t know what all the fuss is about, since everyone knows that the number of Black men killed by police officers far exceeds the number of Black men killed by other Black men, in their own neighborhoods.

    ——————-

    Difference being, black men who kill black men are held accountable.

  98. flanker8823 says: Sep 16, 2016 5:43 PM

    Wow

    I feel sorry for America – if this is the informed electorate – you guys are screwed – Protect and Serve – the cops are off duty and paid by the team- they can withhold this extra activity- this is not on your taxpayer dime – most of you here probably don’t pay taxes and probably live in a trailer home.

    SMH

  99. famundacheese says: Sep 16, 2016 5:46 PM

    The same people that complain about people being offended about the redskins name, now are complaining about the white man’s anthem being sat out. Irony at it’s finest.

  100. beachsidejames says: Sep 16, 2016 5:46 PM

    The cops are just saying to those taking a knee to make a statement that when you need our help we will be busy taking a knee to make a statement.

  101. kindbass says: Sep 16, 2016 5:53 PM

    This is a country where are free to stand, sit, kneel, or plank during the national anthem. If you don’t like it, you can get out! Maybe Iran or North Korea is more your style.

  102. phinsfanjoz says: Sep 16, 2016 5:58 PM

    More people who fail to understand basic Constitutional freedom of expression.

  103. jspyle says: Sep 16, 2016 6:00 PM

    I’m just curious. As a police officer sworn to protect and serve the public, do you get to choose who, when, and where you protect and serve? I don’t absolutely agree with the cause in this case, but I do absolutely agree with any citizens right to freedom of speech without fear of persecution.

  104. liongator says: Sep 16, 2016 6:06 PM

    To all the morons saying it’s their duty…NO it isn’t, anymore than it’s their duty to stand guard on your lawn. The Dolphins hire off-duty police for games, they are not on the clock or the tax payers dime…it’s their choice to say yes or no to extra work.
    If your boss asked you to come to his house and cut his lawn on your day off for a few extra bucks, is it your DUTY to say yes?

  105. skawh says: Sep 16, 2016 6:12 PM

    This idiot puts flag and faux patriotism over treating citizens equal and fairly. That’s what the protest is about. How about stopping illegal search and seizures by PD’s and the denying citizens their civil rights? Whatever happened to PROFESSIONALISM in policing? That’s what the problem is. Too many trigger happy unprofessional cops. Nothing but a right wing nut job Bell is. I’m so happy I don’t have to live down south.

    You don’t want the extra pay from a cushy off duty job that pays well? Fine. Your loss!

  106. biggredbird76 says: Sep 16, 2016 6:14 PM

    LOL call for a boycott, Them folks do not ever boycott the dollar.

  107. poguemahonepft says: Sep 16, 2016 6:17 PM

    EVERYBODY should boycott them AND the nfl – I love my team – but I love my COUNTRY more – I do not care if I NEVER watch another nfl game…

  108. jacunn2000 says: Sep 16, 2016 6:18 PM

    The first time a member of ISIS blows up himself and at a stadium and kills a bunch of civilians and possibly a football player or 2, everyone will blame the cops and American security. We are all American’s. Stop trying to draw more attention to yourselves than you already have. Use your fame for bringing us together. Not further apart.

  109. vikescry1 says: Sep 16, 2016 6:22 PM

    poirier21 says:
    Sep 16, 2016 4:30 PM
    Choosing who to protect and who not to protect proves their point that not everyone is equally protect; that cops decide who and when they want to protect certain individuals!

    I personally respect the officers but to not do their job bc a few players decided they did not want to stand for an anthem is pathetic, and proves they may not care for a certain individual if they do not bow to them! ————————————————————————————————————————————————————– i didn’t where it said the police wouldn’t protect them, it said they wouldn’t block traffic and escort them. if they have an emergency they can call the police like the rest of us. if these players actually did something about these issues they have instead of taking a knee, maybe this could change for them. smh cops have to make a split second decision, and while im not a cop i respect the job they do. yes there are bad cops, but the majority are just trying to do their job so they can go home to their families at night. plus there is more black on black crime than ever before, look at chicago alone…

  110. rogerWWEgoodell says: Sep 16, 2016 6:22 PM

    So the cops are unhappy if anyone speaks up about the cops doing things like putting 8 bullets in someone running away’s back then picking up a taser that fell out and walking it 20 feet to the corpse, dropping it on the ground and filing a police report that the dead guy was attacking him with a taser?

    Shouldn’t they be protesting all these people taking cell phone video’s nailing them? Seems that’s where the real problem is, people documenting police doing things police have been doing for 100’s of years.

  111. Bubbalicious says: Sep 16, 2016 6:23 PM

    Let them kneel its their right, then their true character is on full display.

  112. tattooit says: Sep 16, 2016 6:30 PM

    bcetour
    Sep 16, 2016, 5:36 PM EDT
    How about this deal… it should be 100% supported by all and end this drama:

    1. Police zero in on and eliminate racist elements within their ranks. No tolerance, no second chances

    2. African American men stop shooting each other, get educated, get a job and get off the government dole.

    We reduce racial tensions by punishing racists, and end the cycle of poverty at the same time.

    So, okay. All sides agreed then?
    *****

    THIS GUY GETS IT.

    Both sides need to hold their own accountable above all else. Sack up and call people out when you see it going on. Stop sticking your heads in the sand out of fear of breaking “code”. It’s those codes that keep us in this never ending stalemate on race relations.

    I coach youth Football in my town and have done so for the last 10 years. During that time I’ve had the privilege of working with kids from every background imaginable. I’ve also had the privilege (and sometimes misfortune) of dealing with their parents.

    Year after year my wife and I open our house to the team for everything from fundraisers to pizza parties. I’ve yet to meet one parent or guardian, who wanted anything different than you or I for their child.

    Sports is an excellent outlet for all people to come together and promote change. Even at the lowest of levels. I’ve made life long friends, as have my children.

    There is no reason why it can’t translate to better relationships off the field/court/diamond. It has to start somewhere.

    What bigger stage to start change than the NFL? Colin Kapenick taking a knee during the anthem may end up being just the spark this country needed to get us all talking and working together towards creating the kind of unity that we would all benefit and prosper from.

  113. ezpkns34 says: Sep 16, 2016 6:34 PM

    Yes, try to extort respect out of 4-5 players at the expense of the public, that’s not petty & sad at all

  114. toykofilthblasterlovespftpoet says: Sep 16, 2016 6:42 PM

    The players protest but at the same time love taking their huge salaries from “the man”!

  115. nflscouting says: Sep 16, 2016 6:45 PM

    Okay, police department – here is the thing. Among thousands of NFL players, four in your town took a knee. Freedom of speech, can you dig it? So, you judge the ENTIRE organization on the mere percentage of players that did not tickle your insides. So, if you are right, then that should hold YOU accountable for the fraction of police that have killed innocent people. Hey, what’s fair is fair – if everyone must answer for these four, all cops need to answer for those that have turned this country so upside down

  116. Patskrieg says: Sep 16, 2016 6:48 PM

    Wake me up when the police union ISN’T protesting something. For a group of macho gun kissers that supposedly don’t care what anyone thinks about them the police spend way too much time crying about exactly that.

  117. tattooit says: Sep 16, 2016 6:49 PM

    toykofilthblasterlovespftpoet says:
    Sep 16, 2016 6:42 PM
    The players protest but at the same time love taking their huge salaries from “the man”!
    **********

    They aren’t protesting WHITE PEOPLE.

    They’re protesting social injustice. You do understand the difference right?

    Something tells me you may not want to understand it, and that’s sad. It’s not us against them unless you want it to be.

  118. cardinealsfan20 says: Sep 16, 2016 6:55 PM

    @pffthoughtpolicemostwanted – “Remember NFL, you need me more than I need you”.

    No, the NFL doesn’t need you, not at all. Neither does anyone else, you or your bigoted opinion.

  119. cardinealsfan20 says: Sep 16, 2016 7:01 PM

    Still waiting for someone to identify one, just one, cop who was coerced, drafted, or otherwise forced to take the job.

    If it’s too tough or dangerous, quit. Do something else. Plenty of comparable paying occupations are available.

  120. JaminJake says: Sep 16, 2016 7:02 PM

    Their owner Ross came to bat for the players who chose to protest. They have a billionaire who owns 1/32nd of American Sunday viewership.

    These police look like cry babies. Imagine if they said we disagree with Kaep, but will still provide services as the job entails. When cops openly say they might not do their job in the media, it gives a great deal of.creedamce to the varying reports of police conduct we hear.

    Cops need to grow up and call out the dirty cops in their ranks. Its amazing we never hear firefighters complain like cops.

  121. charger383 says: Sep 16, 2016 7:04 PM

    The unspoken message is do not cut players any breaks and run extra radar about the time players leave practice

  122. liongator says: Sep 16, 2016 7:05 PM

    Of course there’s a middle ground, but the protesters don’t WANT a solution, and have no clue what they want other than to “raise awareness of the problem” and they can’t even decide what the problem is….is this about police? the country? the constitution? the anthem? a history of slavery no one alive had anything to do with?
    Any of these people doing anything to battle the drug gangs that are killing people at historic rates in Chicago? Or do 3 or 4 criminals killed by cops matter more than 500 killed by gangs in Chicago already?

  123. cardinealsfan20 says: Sep 16, 2016 7:10 PM

    News for everyone saying that these cops are right wing nut jobs:

    Conservatives endure police abuse also. Conservatives (and white people) are falsely accused, beaten, and have evidence planted on them every day. Every day.

  124. jrebar88 says: Sep 16, 2016 7:14 PM

    So the police don’t want to do the job that they’re paid to do?!

  125. truths4all says: Sep 16, 2016 7:14 PM

    Yaaa!!!

    Boycott those games and hurt the owners in their pocketbooks because that is all the owners understand.

    Both the owners and the traitorous players do not deserve to be in the USA.

    We need to demand that Congress rescind all tax advantages and loopholes the NFL and the owners enjoy since they are siding with traitors.

    If they don’t love and respect the USA, move them to Europe and the Middle East where traitors to the USA are welcomed.

  126. scandiman says: Sep 16, 2016 7:15 PM

    toykofilthblasterlovespftpoet says:
    Sep 16, 2016 6:42 PM
    The players protest but at the same time love taking their huge salaries from “the man”!
    **********

    They aren’t protesting WHITE PEOPLE.

    They’re protesting social injustice. You do understand the difference right?
    *****

    Social injustice should concern any rational minded individual. If these players really want to make a difference they should be on the front lines in Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, and a host of other metro areas that have been enslaved to poverty by a system that just wants to buy their votes every four years. How is that “War on poverty” working out from the Johnson administration of the sixties?

    America needs a “Civil Responsibilities” movement and hold guilty people accountable for their crimes and not just rush to snap judgments when something tragic happens.

    Welcome to the social media age where everyone can be a judge without knowing all the facts or only listening to facts that support their perceptions.

    Peace

  127. hatemillionairewhiners says: Sep 16, 2016 7:30 PM

    Kaepernick (and the rest of the NFL’s kneeling, coddled, my college was free, rich guys), are simply performing LAME protests.
    LAME = Look At Me Everybody!
    If they really wanted to do something positive or raise awareness, they have had microphones in front of their faces every week of their careers, they could have spoken out intelligently about their concerns. No, they instead chose to insult the rest of America! So they insult our country, flag, and every armed service member that protects their privileged, free college butts? I guess that is the CHEAP, easy, wussy way. Nothing to see here, just more narcissistic millionaires craving attention, (remember, Kaepernick didn’t contribute a dime to help anyone UNTIL his moronic hypocrisy was pointed out). He’s got more money than 99% of America, but he just chose to kneel, (very cost effective, Mr. Millionaire). They are just ball players with really big egos. The media loves and encourages the controversy because they need to sell ads, and any media buzz sells ads. This is ALL about attention, egos, and ads. I’ll be following the NFL on the radio or Internet until these LAME protests end. I’m sick of looking at the kneeling, self-serving, cheapskates and their media lap dogs.

  128. tonebones says: Sep 16, 2016 7:33 PM

    Like it or not, Colin Kaepernick is going to go down in history as a great American hero.

  129. dtroxallday says: Sep 16, 2016 7:36 PM

    pftthoughtpolicemostwanted says:
    Sep 16, 2016 4:46 PM
    Why not? I’ve boycotted the services of the NFL since their failure to nip this racist, anti-America garbage in the bud.

    Remember NFL, you need me more than I need you.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    No you haven’t. You’re commenting on a Pro Football site about how you’ve boycotted football? hmmm….

  130. dtroxallday says: Sep 16, 2016 7:41 PM

    Cop: “We’ve decided that we’re not going to remain unbiased and do our jobs because we simply don’t like the way some people think. It’s not that they’ve done anything wrong or broken any laws or threatened anybody or caused any harm to anyone or anything whatsoever, we just don’t like the way they are. Therefore, we will no longer protect them or the people who go to see them. In fact, from now on, we’re going to do this with everyone who we just don’t see eye to eye with. That’ll show you!”

    Brilliant

  131. adrianbeatason says: Sep 16, 2016 7:44 PM

    I find it hilarious that they are trying to pretend this is all about the flag and alleged anti-american attitudes rather than people being fed up with police getting away with murder.

    These police aren’t primarily butthurt because of the fact that they aren’t standing, they are butthurt because of the reason WHY they aren’t standing, which is that they are calling out the fact that we don’t hold police accountable.

  132. strength531 says: Sep 16, 2016 7:53 PM

    Protesting the flag which represents your country and those who defend and have died for it because you disagree with the policies of the justice department within it is like striking against your employer because you disagree with your boss and his management style.

    Not a very effective technique unless you just want to bring attention to yourself.

  133. pftpffftttt says: Sep 16, 2016 7:56 PM

    “I’m sure the people who supported Kap’s right to have an opinion will fully support the police’s right to have an opinion of their own.

    Right?”

    The police have right to freedom of speech, but they don’t have a right to selectively police/protect some people more than others.

    This response from them suggesting otherwise tells me that kapernick and some of these other athletes have more of a point than I originally thought.

    The police in miami have had real problems with corruption and not kicking out bad apples, so please don’t feel these comments reflect on your local officers.

  134. aj66shanghai says: Sep 16, 2016 7:59 PM

    Waaaaaaaaaaaah waaaaaaaaaaaah

    Since when did cops become big whiney babies?

  135. adrianbeatason says: Sep 16, 2016 8:04 PM

    Given all the media coverage this is getting, it’s dumb to argue that them not standing for the pledge is not effective. It has been highly effective in bringing attention to this issue.

  136. laffers says: Sep 16, 2016 8:07 PM

    These idiots on the Dolphins don’t even know WHY they don’t stand for the SSB;they just like to see their name in the paper.
    If these putz’s don’t like their country than I say LEAVE. Go somewhere else in the world where you can make a few million playing a child’s game

  137. ashoreinhawaii says: Sep 16, 2016 8:23 PM

    Wait until he tells his union members about all the overtime they are going to lose. The escorts will be back real quick.

  138. PFT loves the Steelers says: Sep 16, 2016 8:24 PM

    I can’t believe I’m going to say this…but BRAVO Florio! There will be no progress without compromise. Unfortunately, it seems people are too worried about picking a side and not working together. This goes for the general public as well as folks like Kaepernick and some police organization s. I guess it’s easier to “pick a side” or sit out the Anthem than to actually talk or make real suggestions.

  139. justanotherfan101 says: Sep 16, 2016 8:26 PM

    Don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out.

  140. twopaw513 says: Sep 16, 2016 8:30 PM

    Here is the discussion the protesters want, all cops are racist. Agree with that or you are a racist. Sadly, so many cops were murdered for being cops(Dallas, Louisiana and many more in New York) but that is not allowed in the discussion!
    I don’t listen to one way discussions so these protests do nothing for me.
    Get an education and be there for your children. That is the lesson my father taught me and I am sure this would solve many problems. Think about it!

  141. helicopterpilot13 says: Sep 16, 2016 8:31 PM

    Ha ha. Let me get this straight:
    The very liberal union chief wants a person’s civil rights denied? Ha ha ha. The Democrats are their own worst enemy.
    And I don’t agree with anyone sitting or kneeling during our national anthem. But a union president screaming that a citizen should be denied their constitutional rights is a joke.

  142. helicopterpilot13 says: Sep 16, 2016 8:33 PM

    adrianbeatason,
    You’re wrong. The only coverage this stuff is bringing is on the stupidity of the ones doing it, and not their actual complaints.

  143. strength531 says: Sep 16, 2016 8:36 PM

    pftpffftttt says:
    Sep 16, 2016 7:56 PM
    The police have right to freedom of speech, but they don’t have a right to selectively police/protect some people more than others.

    So, somehow “protecting a football team in transit” is not selective? When was the last time you had a police escort?

  144. jackweed says: Sep 16, 2016 8:37 PM

    I’d escort Arian foster to the hood, drop him off with a piece and wish him luck getting back home. Lol

  145. wreckintexin says: Sep 16, 2016 9:00 PM

    *you’re-an-idiot

  146. hatemillionairewhiners says: Sep 16, 2016 9:02 PM

    Really? NFL players acting like spoiled, disrespectful, divisive bigots is a good thing? Let’s send them all to Chicago for a week or two without any of the pesky police hanging around and bothering them and let them raise awareness there. Then we can hold a funeral service for the lot of them and the country can get on with fixing some of the REAL issues we need to address. Instead of trying to raise awareness for a suspect cause, (the actual statistics do not back up their claims), raise your overpaid butts off of the ground and be thankful that even useful idiots can get college degrees just for playing football, (right Dexter Manley? Would somebody read this to him please?) I see this entire fiasco as mere bigotry and find it lacking a real basis in truth. It doesn’t raise my awareness, it raises my realization we are wasting free education on freaking tools. Make the NFL buy their own private security, why should common working folks pay for their rich, privileged butts to earn more money while they insult us? Hats off to the police! I’m glad they are protecting law abiding citizens, (even the disrespectful bigots on the football field).

  147. tmaczoozoo says: Sep 16, 2016 9:13 PM

    Dolphins be like yooooooooo…

  148. dynastyposeiden says: Sep 16, 2016 9:29 PM

    so the 49 players that stood get no protection due to the 4 that didn’t …. seems skewed and sort of proves the point the protesters make.

  149. jrbtoo says: Sep 16, 2016 9:47 PM

    I support the police 100%

  150. Ivan Pavlov says: Sep 16, 2016 9:49 PM

    Why on Earth is this a bigger story than the NFL nominating Darren Sharper to the Hall of Fame? The league is honoring a convicted serial rapist, but the big story is these guys kneeling during the national anthem?

    Maybe the NFL should be looking at whether or not fans have suffered head trauma.

  151. drudema says: Sep 16, 2016 9:50 PM

    People with such thin skin should not be allowed to carry firearms.

  152. tattooit says: Sep 16, 2016 10:00 PM

    scandiman
    Sep 16, 2016, 7:15 PM EDT
    toykofilthblasterlovespftpoet says:
    Sep 16, 2016 6:42 PM
    The players protest but at the same time love taking their huge salaries from “the man”!
    **********

    They aren’t protesting WHITE PEOPLE.

    They’re protesting social injustice. You do understand the difference right?
    *****

    Social injustice should concern any rational minded individual. If these players really want to make a difference they should be on the front lines in Chicago, Detroit, Baltimore, and a host of other metro areas that have been enslaved to poverty by a system that just wants to buy their votes every four years. How is that “War on poverty” working out from the Johnson administration of the sixties?

    America needs a “Civil Responsibilities” movement and hold guilty people accountable for their crimes and not just rush to snap judgments when something tragic happens.

    Peace

    *******

    Who’s to say that these protests won’t lead to that? It has to start somewhere right? I’m right with you on everything you said.

    And I’m hoping, that this will be the start of us moving towards a place where both sides of the aisle can put aside their political affiliations, stop the finger pointing, and get to work on solving these issues once and for all.

    I sure hope these athletes put actions behind their protests and extend themselves to law enforcement to help mend relations with the black community.

    What we need even less right now, is police unions coming out and creating even further discourse with stuff like this. It doesn’t have to be a negative. They should be excited that these athletes are putting themselves in a position where they are forced to put their money where their mouths are.

    Take the lead from what Denver is doing with Brandon Marshall. Seize the opportunity to try and help fix things on both sides.

    🍻

  153. lukedunphysscienceproject says: Sep 16, 2016 10:13 PM

    So the union is advocating that a government agency retaliate against individuals exercising their free speech.

    Many people have rightly stated here that Constitutional protections regarding free speech do not protect you from all consequences. It does, protect you from consequences related to GOVERNMENT retaliation.

    If you support a government agency clamping down on dissent by refusing to do the job they are paid to do and denying protection to dissenters, YOU’RE the one with the Anti-American position, not the protesting players.

  154. kingjoe1 says: Sep 16, 2016 10:32 PM

    I am more concerned about the black power fist raised then standing for the anthem. Seriously how of us stand up at home when the anthem is playing? .

  155. ajd4 says: Sep 16, 2016 10:55 PM

    asparatame says:
    Sep 16, 2016 5:08 PM
    “Any sane and reasonable person should oppose both, but in this red state/blue state, I’m-right-your-a-idiot reality of American discourse, even the most easily harmonized positions must be forced into polar opposites, with the concerns framed not as pro-common-sense and pro-justice-for-all but pro-police and anti-police, with no gray area between the extremes.”
    ———————————————

    This is, after all, the Obamanation in which we live. You asked for it, you got it.

    ——————————

    A tree just fell on my house, thanks Obama.

  156. the8man says: Sep 16, 2016 11:08 PM

    I’ve always been one to say, “Well, if I don’t have personal experience in the situation, I’d love to hear from someone who does…”

    I’m getting my wish. Everyone gets paid to do a job. And throughout the execution of that job some question the mission. And if those questions don’t give them good answers…

    I personally don’t have a problem with the kneeling. I don’t agree with it. But it is a more elegant form of protest than advocating disobedience or uttering disparaging remarks against the country.

    But I also have not served in the armed forces and I don’t put my life on the line every day by attempting to police a city, county, state or country. So I’m gonna have to side with those that did and those that do.

    God bless America!

  157. adrianbeatason says: Sep 16, 2016 11:28 PM

    Sorry, helicopterpilot13, but you have to have your head in the sand to actually believe that. Because of these protests we have people all over the world of sports journalism and athletes from all kinds of arenas weighing in on their opinions regarding police violence, not to mention the discussion in other forms of news media. The media certainly talks about people’s opinions on the method of protest, but they have weighed in just as heavily regarding the meaning behind the protests.

  158. bizzmoneyb says: Sep 16, 2016 11:28 PM

    so make a stand for something you believe in and you dont deserve to be protected.

    sound like a free country to you?!!!!

  159. jackweed says: Sep 16, 2016 11:43 PM

    ** Like it or not, Colin Kaepernick is going to go down in history as a great American hero **

    He’ll go down in history for that sweet 70’s fro he’s sporting. Nix the cornrows and sport that sweet sweet afro.

  160. jackweed says: Sep 16, 2016 11:45 PM

    Personally I can’t see sitting while our National Anthem is playing. The good far out weighs the bad in the greatest country in the world.
    Show your respect for those who put their lives on the line for you. It’s times like these where we need to stand together and not be divided.
    If Kap really lost pride in this country he should take that sweet afro somewhere else.
    He can go chuck a football in Syria or Falluja. I’m sure they’d love to have him.

  161. campcouch says: Sep 16, 2016 11:49 PM

    Hey, the cops are bullying the Dolphins.

  162. idun215 says: Sep 17, 2016 12:13 AM

    These players maybe protesting. But they are doing it within their own constitutional right and it has no effect on the game and their job whatsoever. Where as cops are public servants if they are paid to do a job then they should do it. Nobody is asking them to buy Dolphins, gear or watch a game. Its their right to protest the Dolphins and if it ends up endangering citizens then your not doing your job.

  163. really410 says: Sep 17, 2016 12:25 AM

    It’s there right not to volunteer to put themselves in danger by protecting people who spit in there face protesting the same job they want for free

  164. youaresimple says: Sep 17, 2016 12:41 AM

    Uuhhh, some of you, no scratch that, MOST of you have no clue about what law enforcement do and what they are allowed to do!

    These escorts they offer are a PRIVILEGE, not a right. What’s wrong with you people??? They don’t have to do jack except fight crime, and offering an escort is not that.

    As a veteran AND law enforcement officer (oh, and a minority) I absolutely respect all NFL players right to protest social issue…HOWEVER, I do not have to respect HOW they do that. I fought for that flag and that anthem (that some of you say is just a song), it is something I would give my life for. That is sacred to me. You have no right to interpret how us veterans and active duty view that, so don’t try and say you aren’t disrespecting us…because that is how most of us view it, as disrespect not a freedom of speech. The anthem or flag doesn’t have anything to do social injustice, that is a skewed view by the NFL players and media. It is a symbol of what is supposed to bind us together, to unite us, to celebrate our country…not to protest. That is for a different forum.

    I love how because they have family in the service they try and act as if they know how we feel…just stop it. Of course you family will support you. Take a poll of the other hundreds of thousands soldiers…not sure you get that support…in fact you absolutely will not.

    This is disgusting that we even have to speak about this. Racial issue definitely need to be resolved but our country has forgotten what respect really is. Oh and by the way, for every 1 bad incident involving law enforcement there are literally THOUSANDS of fantastic jobs done by them. A lot of the incidents aren’t racially motivated either, it’s usually a mere coincident that the races differ. It’s usually because some fool doesn’t follow simple commands involving his/her hands. Are there bad incidents, absolutely but they are few and far between.

    You want to make a difference??? Put on a law enforcement or soldier’s uniform and then come speak to me.

  165. whispersd says: Sep 17, 2016 12:58 AM

    So, the police want to tell civilians how they must behave when the patriotic music salutes the patriotic flag?

    No, that’s not even remotely fascist.

  166. nitzie says: Sep 17, 2016 12:58 AM

    aj66shanghai says:
    Sep 16, 2016 7:59 PM
    Waaaaaaaaaaaah waaaaaaaaaaaah

    Since when did cops become big whiney babies?

    —————————-

    How many people a year get shot in your line of work?

  167. whispersd says: Sep 17, 2016 1:00 AM

    helicopterpilot13 says:
    Sep 16, 2016 8:31 PM
    Ha ha. Let me get this straight:
    The very liberal union chief wants a person’s civil rights denied? Ha ha ha. The Democrats are their own worst enemy.

    You might want to do a little bit of research. Police unions support Republicans. The National Fraternal Order of Police endorsed Trump today.

  168. whispersd says: Sep 17, 2016 1:03 AM

    twopaw513 says:
    Sep 16, 2016 8:30 PM
    Here is the discussion the protesters want, all cops are racist. Agree with that or you are a racist. Sadly, so many cops were murdered for being cops(Dallas, Louisiana and many more in New York) but that is not allowed in the discussion!

    This is a caricature of the demands of Black Lives Matter, and has little relationship to reality. There’s a giant information bubble around the political Right these days, created by Fox News and other media outlets, in which people on the Right tell other people on the Right what people on the Left believe. People actually on the Left don’t participate in these discussions.

    The Left does this to, but to a lesser extent.

  169. danoregon says: Sep 17, 2016 1:10 AM

    I’m sure some other police agencies wouldn’t mind the OT money.

  170. whispersd says: Sep 17, 2016 1:12 AM

    “This site should offer to help by presenting only facts and not the usual opinion piece supporting the liberal agenda. Maybe then even people on this site can come together.”

    Yeah, if only people would stop having liberal opinions, we could all come together and agree!

  171. youradarnfoo says: Sep 17, 2016 1:31 AM

    if your willing to kill each other at an alarming rate…you sure the hell are going blast the police, and they know that as their bracing that flick 9. their lifestyle is equivalent to savages, but they expect us to get along and listen to their hipacrocy. just keep acting like monsters and we will toss you back in your cages.

  172. packmanfan says: Sep 17, 2016 1:34 AM

    Bell wants the Dolphins to mandate that the players stand for the anthem.
    —————————————————————————-
    Typical cop. Trying to force others against their choice with his gun and badge when there is no laws being broken here.

  173. youradarnfoo says: Sep 17, 2016 1:35 AM

    not only do they suck! they flipping stink, n darn ugly

  174. packmanfan says: Sep 17, 2016 1:37 AM

    The thing is that cops think they are doing no wrong. Since when did they ever admit they did?
    And now that NFL players are bringing their racist murdering embarrassment front and center, they just want to hide away with heads in the sand or sweep it under the rug as if there are no racist cops murdering blacks.
    It is time for cops to admit there is a problem and do something about stopping it.

  175. packmanfan says: Sep 17, 2016 1:38 AM

    I’m white but if I was an NFL player, I would be right there kneeling with them.

  176. youradarnfoo says: Sep 17, 2016 1:41 AM

    oh but I’m the racist

  177. youradarnfoo says: Sep 17, 2016 1:46 AM

    that’s why their always mad. they stink their ugly,broke, unemployed drug addict criminals. I would be mad if that was my label

  178. brawlkc says: Sep 17, 2016 2:29 AM

    So we’re pretending like the police officers who work security at the games are not getting paid off-duty or OT hours on either tax money or ticket revenue?

    Man, police work is hard work. Its really, really hard work. They put their lives on the line every day.

    That doesn’t mean that respecting the badge doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t also actively persecute anybody who tarnishes the reputation of that badge.

    When the police officers themselves won’t speak out against the wrong things other cops do — that’s when we’re in this situation.

    Just because you have to arrest people doesn’t mean you get to shoot people and be all hunky dory. There IS a middle ground.

    Bad police make good police look bad, put them in danger, and ruin their credibility in many urban areas. But ya’ll probably don’t see that from your nice suburban home.

    Stick with talking about benching your team’s QB, PFT commentators, you’re all speaking out of your rear ends here and its pretty bad.

  179. keywestjim says: Sep 17, 2016 5:36 AM

    Constitutional rights are between an individual and the government. People with professional jobs — engineers, accountants, lawyers, NFL, etc. Once you enter a workplace some of your rights can be muted. Go test it out — disobey a company policy numerous times and you will be fired. A company policy can be a dress code, protesting while at work, protesting on company property, language, etc. The NFL doesn’t have anything specific in their CBA about our National Anthem. I’m sure a smart lawyer could find something in the CBA to fix the issue. I have no problem with people expressing their constitutional rights, but I do have issue with a company, NFL, allowing their employees to offend many people in the US. Most people want to watch a football game to get away from the real world for a few hours. I won’t watch any team that will ruin my time to get away from reality for a few hours. There are plenty of issues that should be protested — do it somewhere else. Seat holders in the stadium can protest, but not the players. The players can protest all they want when they are not officially representing their team and the NFL.

  180. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 17, 2016 6:23 AM

    liftheavyorliftheavy says:
    Sep 16, 2016 5:43 PM

    craniator says:
    Sep 16, 2016 4:40 PM

    I don’t know what all the fuss is about, since everyone knows that the number of Black men killed by police officers far exceeds the number of Black men killed by other Black men, in their own neighborhoods.

    ——————-

    Difference being, black men who kill black men are held accountable

    Difference being OJ wasn’t held accountable for murdering 2 people.

  181. unkleruckus says: Sep 17, 2016 6:52 AM

    Stop with all the “if it weren’t for police” rhetoric. They’ll just hire private companies to do the job. The real problem is that anybody can be a police officer, the standards are too low. I went to highschool with a few guys that were terrible students and couldn’t get into any college. Guess what they do for a living now?

  182. isithockeyseasonyet says: Sep 17, 2016 7:48 AM

    You can’t fathom someone exercising their first ammendment right and then you respond childishly by saying you won’t protect the american citizens at the game (not the players in question) I’m the same state that just had the worst mass shooting in American history and you want to call some else unpatriotic? WOW.

  183. isithockeyseasonyet says: Sep 17, 2016 7:49 AM

    In the same state***

  184. gurnblanstonreturns says: Sep 17, 2016 8:12 AM

    aj66shangai beat me to it above, but . . . I also want to know when cops became a bunch of whiny, butthurt crybabies?

    Every time a cop union issues some statement it sounds like a five-year-old throwing a fit because his brother made fun of him.

  185. gnu2308 says: Sep 17, 2016 8:22 AM

    “It is a privilege to play in the NFL, not a given constitutional right.”

    Its not a constitutional right to play in the NFL, however it is a constitutional right for them not to stand for the national anthem if these choose not to do so.

  186. ncphinsfan says: Sep 17, 2016 10:25 AM

    First, I am totally against the players taking a knee. However, this moron Sheriff actually just proved the point of the entire protest by deciding who is worthy of defending/serving and who isn’t. This is nonsense. Everybody is so offended by such garbage these days because it is easy to take an anonymous verbal stand on issues. Go out and make a difference! Yes, you have a right to be offended, yes, they have a right to protest. There are BIGGER ISSUES my friends!

  187. nypd1056 says: Sep 17, 2016 10:35 AM

    Want to put an end to this discussion? JUST HAVE THE CEREMONY WHILE THE TEAMS ARE STILL IN THE LOCKER ROOMS. CASE CLOSED. LETS PLAY FOOTBALL.

  188. onebuffalove716 says: Sep 17, 2016 11:22 AM

    Sep 16, 2016 4:30 PM
    Choosing who to protect and who not to protect proves their point that not everyone is equally protect; that cops decide who and when they want to protect certain individuals!
    Your point is irrelevant/ by them offering their services they are already making things unequal.

    Most of us don’t get police escorts. So they are really looking suspend a privilege. It would be different if they said don’t call 911 if u need help. You’ve compared apples to a can of tuna but thanks for proving the point that racism and prejudice is alive, a certain few make it flow like lava. Stop acting so liberal and twisting each thing into racism.

  189. onebuffalove716 says: Sep 17, 2016 11:25 AM

    ncphinsfan says:
    Sep 17, 2016 10:25 AM
    First, I am totally against the players taking a knee. However, this moron Sheriff actually just proved the point of the entire protest by deciding who is worthy of defending/serving and who isn’t. This is nonsense. Everybody is so offended by such garbage these days because it is easy to take an anonymous verbal stand on issues. Go out and make a difference! Yes, you have a right to be offended, yes, they have a right to protest. There are BIGGER ISSUES my friends!

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    You’re an idiot. He is not telling who can or cannot be protected. He’s calling for a temporary end to a service that quite frankly is not provided tk most citizens anyways.!he never said they wouldn’t protect them as individuals but thanks for playing. FYI don’t you as a NC resident have enough prejudicial issues to deal with

  190. lambeaudungbarn says: Sep 17, 2016 12:01 PM

    Only an idiot could wonder or question why the PD would want to suspend their voluntary services to the team.

  191. scandiman says: Sep 17, 2016 12:41 PM

    juliusanonymous says:
    Sep 16, 2016 4:52 PM
    Further, I’m a white dude, didn’t even really pay attention to the BLM thing at first. What I saw was a number of questionable police shootings, and the cops responding like criminals. I’ve seen video of cops shooting an innocent man in cold blood as he was trying to run away, and then planting evidence at the scene. I don’t know anyone – black, white, red, green, blue, whatever – who doesn’t have a problem with that.

    Except for police unions. Bring it up, and suddenly they’re not going to do their jobs.

    All police should be put under federal jurisdiction, and should be banned from forming unions (which have been a corruptive political force in local elections for too long). Then stick cameras on them, require sufficient training to carry a gun on a public street, and actually make sure you’re not hiring psychopaths. That would be a good start.
    ******

    Hitler had a state run media and federal police. We already have a state run media and now you want a state run police force? Liberal Facisim is not gonna fly in this country no matter what kind of “fake cause” it parades itself as. I hope that Conservative Facism fails as well. I think it time that the elites and the ruling class of this nation give power back to the people.

    Would really expect a federal police for to not be totalitarian no matter which party were in charge?

  192. racistchecker says: Sep 17, 2016 5:39 PM

    derekgorgonstar says:
    Sep 16, 2016 4:23 PM

    I’m sure the people who supported Kap’s right to have an opinion will fully support the police’s right to have an opinion of their own.

    Right?
    —————————————————–
    Big difference between exercising your rights and doing your job! The problem is there are cops that don’t do their jobs and are not held accountable by other cops which is the reason this whole thing got started. Instead of whining about how people don’t respect you, do your job and hold those who do not accountable and people would not have a reason to mistrust you!

  193. genericcommenter says: Sep 17, 2016 7:38 PM

    Public servants expect to have special treatment, but they chose careers that involve performing certain job duties and being held to a different standard than many other occupations. They need to do their jobs regardless of their opinion of the citizens they are paid to protect. Frankly, these guys sound like the type of cops who loved turning on the fire hoses in the Jim Crow era and helped the KKK commit and cover up murders. Yes, I went there. It happened and it’s a fact, and that same culture led to a lot of the issues we have today. Your job as a cop should involve treating everyone equally and providing the same level of service. If you think some guys are worthless ungrateful punks, that’s your right, but be the bigger man and behave as the professional you purport yourself to be. Have some standards for yourself and your profession. Yes, police (and the government, who own a monopoly on violence) should be held to higher standards than entertainers. Sadly, instead they are often celebrated for behaving poorly with impunity.

  194. nowtherearesomanybunnies says: Sep 18, 2016 8:24 PM

    When police declare freedom of speech is a privilege as determined by the police, those police are as un-American as those in Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, North Korea, the Taliban and ISIS. This is the kind of stupidity the United States of America fights AGAINST. If you actually don’t know that, now is the time to learn it.

    In the USA, we’re supposed to be mature enough and smart enough to know that allowing people to speak their minds is a sign of STRENGTH and it can’t ruin us, in fact, it makes us stronger. If you’re so weak that one person disagreeing with you is a direct challenge to your existence, and that’s what the Miami Police Union is saying, then you’re no better than the Religious Police of Saudi Arabia, and just as weak, and just as anti-freedom, and just as cowardly.

  195. crackinbones says: Sep 18, 2016 9:17 PM

    What if the South would have won the civil war? These idiots that protest the stars and stripes never stop and think it could have been the Confederate flag up there right now.

  196. gallopinggilmore says: Sep 18, 2016 10:26 PM

    The police protection for these players is an absolute necessity. Steelers’ safety Mike Mitchell said South Beach is where he goes to shoot other players.

  197. gallopinggilmore says: Sep 18, 2016 10:31 PM

    Correction: linebacker Vince Williams

    Mitchell just wantonly headhunts during games.

  198. braven4evr says: Sep 19, 2016 8:51 AM

    NFL Teams should have their own security and stop wasting tax payers money! With the millions they (teams) are pulling in they can afford it!

  199. zenoracledba says: Sep 19, 2016 9:54 AM

    Perhaps instead of worrying about a small percentage of idiotic NFL players showing disrespect for our flag, the Police should be pushing for body cameras which would support their claim that they are doing everything the right way.

    Wear a camera if you have nothing to hide except your innocence.

  200. veddermn8 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:58 AM

    NFL Teams should have their own security and stop wasting tax payers money! With the millions they (teams) are pulling in they can afford it!

    Uh, the Dolphins pay for the extra police escorts. Why would the police do that for free? They don’t do it for free for funerals or other private processions.

    And for the union president to say the Dolphins “enjoy” these services is pretty disingenuous as its likely a sweet source of OT for the officers. But I support their right to tell the Dolphins that they aren’t interested in doing it anymore.

  201. veddermn8 says: Sep 19, 2016 11:59 AM

    veddermn8 says:
    Sep 19, 2016 11:58 AM

    braven4evr says:
    Sep 19, 2016 8:51 AM
    NFL Teams should have their own security and stop wasting tax payers money! With the millions they (teams) are pulling in they can afford it!

    —————–

    The Dolphins pay for the extra police escorts. Why would the police do that for free? They don’t do it for free for funerals or other private processions.

    And for the union president to say the Dolphins “enjoy” these services is pretty disingenuous as its likely a sweet source of OT for the officers. But I support their right to tell the Dolphins that they aren’t interested in doing it anymore.

  202. veddermn8 says: Sep 19, 2016 12:09 PM

    nowtherearesomanybunnies says:
    Sep 18, 2016 8:24 PM

    When police declare freedom of speech is a privilege as determined by the police, those police are as un-American as those in Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, North Korea, the Taliban and ISIS. This is the kind of stupidity the United States of America fights AGAINST. If you actually don’t know that, now is the time to learn it.

    In the USA, we’re supposed to be mature enough and smart enough to know that allowing people to speak their minds is a sign of STRENGTH and it can’t ruin us, in fact, it makes us stronger. If you’re so weak that one person disagreeing with you is a direct challenge to your existence, and that’s what the Miami Police Union is saying, then you’re no better than the Religious Police of Saudi Arabia, and just as weak, and just as anti-freedom, and just as cowardly.

    ………

    The police aren’t trying to deny free speech. The union is just talking about ending a business relationship because they disagree with the Dolphins stance. Its well within their rights as police escorts are not a guaranteed right, they are an extra service the Dolphins pay for.

  203. topcide says: Sep 19, 2016 12:24 PM

    firerogergoodell says:
    Sep 16, 2016 5:10 PM
    Practitioners of law (lawyers) are required to attend 7 years of college and then pass an extensive exam where less than 50% of eligible students pass and become certified to practice law.

    Law enforcers (police officers) are required to have a GED or high school diploma and pass a basic physical fitness exam.

    How does this make any sense whatsoever?

    Law enforcement should be as well versed in the laws as the lawyers. Until that happens we will continue to see unlawful shootings from uneducated officers.

    —————————–

    Actually, you a pretty off base.

    Most states have a certification process that is administered by 3rd parties, typically through a local university or community college which hold a public safety academy. And while technically speaking a department can set it’s own hiring standards, the majority of them will only accept someone who has graduated from one of said academy programs and is certified.

    Speaking for my own state of Michigan, the Michigan Council on Law Enforcement Standards ( MCOLES) certication academy’s are administered through accredited community colleges. It’s a 6 month long program typically around 50 hours per week, and includes physical training, classroom study and pretty rigorous academic testing, ETC. It also costs around 6-10k depending on where it’s done at.

    One certification requirement is you to have minimum of an associates degree at graduation, The classes during the academy actually count as some college credit, so at a minimum you have to take basic studies courses in advance either before you finish the academy, or you have to take them after you are done in order to get your certification.

    And while an associates in a minimum for your state certification here, the majority of people actually have a bachelors degree prior to starting an academy. and as departments can set their own standards, many of them have gone to the requirement of requiring a 4 year degree.

    So while it’s easy for you to throw out your comment of cops only having GED’s ETC, and it may be true in limited cases, considering that my wife, sister, and brother in law all went through the above process when they became cops I have to disagree with you for the most part.

  204. hlk2 says: Sep 19, 2016 1:00 PM

    Wow. Amazing. I hope the players realize all they are doing is ruffling feathers. NO one is listening. But sadly they don’t understand what the flag and the anthem mean to this country. The only reason they get to make a lot of money and play a silly game is because soldiers have gone to war and fought for those rights.

    Frankly the only way anyone is truly going to listen to them is if they BOYCOTT playing games. But OH NO that will never happen because the “money” is way to much more important than the “social injustices” they seem to be fighting for.

    But really, how much fighting are they actually doing when most of them are collecting a pay check every week that is hundreds of thousands more than 90% of the people in this country? I’m guessing hardly anything. Because I still haven’t heard anything from these other players except that they are too lazy to stand for the national anthem of the country they call home. HMMM.

  205. 1ninerfan says: Sep 20, 2016 2:48 PM

    Overall, police have killed at least 67 people since Kaepernick’s protest began, according to The Guardian’s database. Roughly 22 percent of the victims have been black. Police have killed more than 780 people so far in 2016, according to The Guardian’s numbers. At least 193 of those people ― or about 25 percent ― were black. Of the 15 black people killed since Kaepernick’s demonstration started, at least 11 were shot, according to The Washington Post’s tracker of fatal police shootings.

    The white officer who shot Crutcher, Betty Shelby, was placed on paid administrative leave while the department investigates the case ― another issue Kaepernick highlighted when he spoke out against police killings.

    “To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way,” Kaepernick said. “There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”

  206. jamarcusrustled says: Sep 22, 2016 7:15 AM

    Dear Broward County Sheriff Office Deputies Association,

    Thank you for contacting us regarding your issues with one of our current players and the freedom of speech actions he has recently expressed. As an organization, we a honored to have the BCSO provide security for our events, and we wish to continue this relationship for years to come. This nation was gifted freedoms by the men and women of our armed forces, and to this day, those freedoms are protected by those men and women, as well as the men and women of our police forces.

    The Freedom of Speech act that allows our player to express his feelings regarding the current status of our nation is the same Freedom of Speech act that allows you to voice your displeasure with his actions. We can understand the frustrations you are experience, but at the same time, being able to express those frustrations is what makes America, America.

    We as American’s are never going to like everything everybody does, nor are we ever going to agree what’s right or wrong. However, that’s what makes America wonderful. We thank the BCSO for their years of service, but we are disappointed in their ultimatum to support their freedom of speech while not respecting that of one of our players.

    Attached is the contract between the Miami Dolphin’s and the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. If the BCSO would like to void the contractually obligated services, please sign the contract cancellation request form and return to us at your convenience. Also attached is our bank account information for the return of pre-paid funds along with the contract cancellation penalty.

    Regretfully,
    The Miami Dolphins

  207. rex2020 says: Sep 22, 2016 8:10 AM

    GOOD FOR THEM!!! Oh so courageous these athletes are taking a stand against police violence.
    Sure a number of innocent lives have been lost and nobody wants to see that….how many accross the nation I wonder this year???
    I’ll bet that number would be considered a quiet weekend here in Chicago

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