San Francisco Police Officers Association seeks apology from 49ers, NFL

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49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has explained his decision to not stand for the national anthem by pointing to the actions of certain police officers toward African-Americans and other persons of color. On Monday, the San Francisco Police Officers Association responded with a letter that criticizes Kaepernick for his views and asks his team and the league to apologize.

The letter, sent to 49ers owner Jed York and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, calls Kaepernick’s comments “ill-advised” and explains that the police officers “will not stand by while he attacks police officers in this country with statements such as, ‘People are on paid leave while people of color are killed.'”

The letter, signed by SFPOA president Martin Halloran, accuses Kaepernick of “an incredible lack of knowledge regarding our profession” and a “total lack of sensitivity towards police officer.”

“Ironically it is those officers who on numerous occasions have protected Mr. Kaepernick and have ensured that the venue where the NFL holds its events are fully protected,” Halloran writes.

“I only wish Mr. Kaepernick could see the emotional and psychological challenges that our officers face following a fatal encounter. Some are so affected they never return to the streets. In short, Mr. Kaepernick has embarrassed himself, the 49ers organization, and the NFL based on a false narrative and misinformation that lacks any factual basis.”

Halloran then points out that 40 police officers have been murdered in recent months, and that more than 100,000 law-enforcement officers have been assaulted in the past year. Halloran also cites “over 8,000 murders that African Americans have inflicted on one another in 2015.”

“The law enforcement community cannot be continuously blamed for all of society’s problems, including racial divide, in our country,” Halloran writes. “It isn’t fair and it isn’t true.”

Halloran specifically asks York and Goodell to “denounce [Kaepernick’s] foolish statements and separate yourself” from Kaepernick’s words and actions. Halloran also invites Kaepernick to visit the San Francisco Police Department Academy “and partake in any of the simulations that recruits participate in during their training.”

Ultimately, Halloran asks the 49ers and the NFL “to do the right thing and at least apologize to the many police officers Mr. Kaepernick has disrespected for no apparent reason.”

Halloran’s letter doesn’t address the various, well-publicized incidents from recent months and years involving apparently unnecessary violence against minority citizens; that’s the gist of Kaepernick’s criticism. Halloran also doesn’t specifically address Kaepernick’s claim that people holding a “curling iron” have more training than those on the front lines of American law enforcement, charged with making life-and-death decisions in the heat of the moment.

While Halloran and any other police officer have the right to disagree with Kaepernick, he didn’t seem to be targeting the entire profession. His concern is that the system, as designed, creates situations in which some people with minimal training and experience enter challenging situations with a badge and a gun but perhaps an insufficient plan for how to most responsibly use either one.

75 responses to “San Francisco Police Officers Association seeks apology from 49ers, NFL

  1. “I only wish Mr. Kaepernick could see the emotional and psychological challenges that our officers face following a fatal encounter. Some are so affected they never return to the streets. In short, Mr. Kaepernick has embarrassed himself, the 49ers organization, and the NFL based on a false narrative and misinformation that lacks any factual basis.”

    Boom.

  2. The way I understood it was that the invitation for Colin to participate in the training that officers go through addressed the comment about lack of training. But what do I know, I’m not a lawyer with a football blog.

  3. This is coming from the same department where it’s head police chief had to step down because of him being an active facilitator more interested in protecting his own guys than protecting the public.

    I’ve been a San Francisco resident since 1994 and I can honestly say I’ve seen both good and bad actions caused by law enforcement in the city but nonetheless this statement from SFPD is a total joke given the recent circumstances involving them.

  4. If Kap is only standing (or sitting) against the police who shouldn’t Be on the streets due to poor training or lack of morals, then there’s nothing for him to apologize for. It’s a tiny minority of police who fit that description, and every decent human being should want us improving the quality of government policing.

  5. Good on them. It’s past time to start pushing back on this nonsense.

    Can’t wait til that moron will be out of the league for good in a week or less.

  6. They deserve an apology.

    If I were a coach and I had a player walk out of the tunnel on game day with plans to do something non-football related that he knew would be a distraction to the TEAM I would cut him instantly. They player would not deserve his paycheck. he can go get hired as a professional protester or something if that’s what he wants to do in the job. Game day is not the time or place.

  7. this is the same SfPD that had officers caught sleeping with an underage hooker and exchanging racist text messages amongst each other. They have no room to talk at the moment until they fix their own stuff

  8. I am a retired police officer. 6 months of training, 2 years of training etc is NEVER enough. It is the screening process that fails the system.

    You go out there the first day and I swear it seems like you against the world and you hope you don’t screw up. But the training does kick in for those who were RAISED PROPERLY and who have no serious bully/power issues.

    It is NOT about training but about SCREENING. The training is ongoing so SHOULD the screening.

    50% of cops who pass the test fail the eye exam. The next bunch that fail are criminal, physical or work history issues.

    The last step in the process is the Psych Exam.VERY FEW fail the psychological. People are told how to pass it (I was coached up). If you fail the psych you can hire a lawyer and sue and very rarely does that not work. I know a few guys who failed it. It is near impossible to fail the Psych and that is too bad.

    My views might not be popular among all cops but it is very popular among good cops and that is the majority of us.

    I loved my job. I did. I made a few mistakes as we all do. Some cops truly suck but most are good people trying to get by like everyone else.

    I’ve forgotten more about police work than 99.9999% of the world knows about it. FIX THE SCREENING PROCESS. The training is fine, if the RIGHT PEOPLE are being trained.

  9. how would Colin big mouth Kaepernick know how much training police officers go through? sounds like he should take the offer to join the academy for 17 weeks

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    or about 1/5 the amount of time it takes to be a certified barber.

  10. “In short, Mr. Kaepernick has embarrassed himself, the 49er organization, and the NFL based on a false narrative and misinformation that lacks any factual basis.”

    Could not have said it better myself.

  11. So what about donating to the police department and making an actual difference instead of claiming that all police officers hate all black people… So ignorant it makes me sick.

  12. This guy is just as wrong/stupid as Kap is..
    Sometimes its just better to keep your trap shut.

    The fact that he felt a need to mention “8000 Black on Black murders” to explain/defend his position speaks volumes as to who he is when he goes home. Police officers, especially a Captain, shouldn’t have such a thin skin. I expect a Captain of a large integrated city like S.F. to be Bigger than this but he decided to lower himself to Kap’s level of Dumb. That’s a shame.

    This country is moving backwards and its very sad!!

  13. Very well said Sir, ty.

    Its a shame that the vocal minority, in all facets of life are screwing it up for the majority of us who love this country, our military, police force and who want “liberty and justice for all” regardless of the Color of skin, religion or sexual orientation.

  14. Wow, your move 49ers ownership. You really going to go down with a back-up QB that has a Twitter file full of hateful statements about America?

  15. Instead of asking for an apology that they will never receive how about sending an invite to Kaperneck to come and discuss his position that so many other Americans have with the police across the country.

    Despite how some people feel Kaperneck is speaking for a lot of Americans that feel the same as him.

  16. Didn’t the police force across the bay just go through three chiefs in nine days because of corruption and racism?

    Sorry, but unless and until the police start standing up to their own bad apples instead of declining to answer criticism they can shut their mouths. They deserve this criticism, and nobody owes them an apology.

  17. I’m glad the proverbial stuff is starting to hit the fan and will soon wind up directly on Colin Kaepernick’s face.

    What a petulant punk he is. Hopefully soon out of the NFL and the spotlight forever.

  18. Precisely what in Kaepernick’s background qualifies him to speak authoritatively—or even intelligently— about the extensive training law enforcement professionals undergo before they hit the streets? The decision to shoot almost always involves an instantaneous, subjective assessment of a perceived threat of severe bodily harm or death to the officer or to any innocent third parties. And no amount of training can guarantee perfect judgment in all such cases. Kaepernick’s outrage is misplaced. These relatively few cases of police misconduct pale by comparison to the widespread carnage now taking place in the streets of cities like Chicago, where young black males are being slaughtered at record rates. Don’t those lives matter?

  19. Whether you’re a Kap fan or not, I can’t help but think the superbowl era niners would not have let it come to this. Kap made it bitterly clear that he wanted out last year. How he skated thru the offseason with the niners’ passively letting him back onto the team is beyond me. It was (is?) a slow motion train wreck that was obvious to anybody paying attention. “They couldn’t cut him cuz of the $ hit you say?” Well, I bet they’ll be GLAD to realize their $ losses now to get rid of him. And what did they get value wise from him this year for it? Zippo.

    Oh yeah, Kap is doing this to get thrown off the team while getting to keep his $.

  20. It’s odd that he’s so racially biased – considering he was raised by two loving, white parents. (and biracial to boot).

    I feel that to play a major league sport (MLB, NFL, NHL, etc.) – you are first an American, then you belong to such and such team. Opting out of the National Anthem, Pledge of Allegiance, etc., is an affront to Americans – all of us, in general.

    He is disrespecting America. If I did that on my job – I would lose clients and be fired.

  21. I truly feel the majority of Americans have respect for law enforcement, military and rescue services. We appreciate how hard it is to put your life on the line everyday to save someone else’s. Are mistakes made? Sure but put yourself in their shoes and see how you’d handle it. Unfortunately the critics always tend to be the loudest and most vocal even if it is a small percentage. Just know that 90% of us see you for what you really are.. You’re heroes. Thank you for your service.

  22. He wants to stick up for people now losing their lives now, but had no problem talking smack t the people of Houston when they were dealing with floods and their own tragedies.

  23. According to the Wall Street Journal, 2015 saw the highest number of police officers being charged for deadly, on-duty shootings in a decade: 12 as of September 2015. Still, in a year when approximately 1,200 people were killed by police, zero officers were convicted of murder or manslaughter, painting the picture that officers involved in killing another person will not be held accountable for their actions.

    In the first half of 2016, police have killed 532 people — many of whom were unarmed, mentally ill, and people of color.

    This number comes from The Guardian’s police killings database, but the Killed by Police database counts 580 people who have died at the hands of police so far this year. The Washington Post also reports that 488 people have been shot and killed by cops.

    Going by the Guardian’s count, 261 white people were killed by police — the highest total out of any racial group. But data also shows that black people and Native Americans are being killed at higher rates than any other group.

    February and March were the deadliest months this year, with 99 people killed by police in each month. In June, the police killed 86 people, all of whom were fatally shot.

  24. It is hard to engage in meaningful dialog about a topic when police unions completely shut down at the first hint of a comment or criticism about their work and refuse to even acknowledge that there could be an issue. Hence the curling iron comment. I suppose the next comment is that they won’t take double time and protect the stadiums, ok then don’t, it’s a billion dollar corporation and your skill set is closer to an ape than a business owner so they will just hire the muscle without the temperament

  25. lightningbuggs are yous serious right now its time they started pushing back with this nonsense so being gunned down on the street like an animal is nonsense or being pulled over and asked for ID and then shot for it when your following what the officer instructed you to do but that’s nonsense as well ok… i can name a whole list of other instances where cops have gunned down people in cold blood got admin leave and paid desk duty no jail time no repercussions and that’s right how… and before you say that all cops are not bad… i agree with you there but if the good cops sit by and watch this crap goes on and doesn’t do anything to get those bad ones off the street they are just guilty as the bad ones

  26. what ever criticism the get they deserve when they sit by with that blue wall of silence bs to protect the corrupt cops that’s doing wrong and they sit there and don’t do anything about it then they are just as guilty as the bad ones

  27. “Halloran’s letter doesn’t address the various, well-publicized incidents from recent months and years involving apparently unnecessary violence against minority citizens”

    —Thats because the violence by Police was actually necessary in each of those highly publicized cases. It doesn’t matter how many times the liberal media, Obama, Hillary, and looting street morons try to say it wasn’t.

  28. So Kap should apologize for exercising his rights as an American? Are the police allowed to discriminate against anyone they deem undesirable? Are the police allowed to only ‘serve and protect’ the people they agree with? If that’s so, then this is the Soviet Union, this is totalitarianism. Wake up. NO ONE has to apologize for exercising their rights as an American to anyone in America. Not Kap, not David Duke, not Donald Trump, not Malcolm X, not Lawrence Welk.

  29. It was white, patriotic conservatives who really opened my eyes to police brutality and the militarization of the police in the first place. Those guys know that what he’s saying is true, and not just about minorities- people of all races are killed by government violence and the people responsible ARE put on paid leave. Heck I think it was a Fox News column that I remember reading about the white guy in suburban DC who was executed for betting on football games and the cop got a medal. There was another cop who got a medal for bravery for leading a SWAT raid on the wrong address and killing someone. You can’t make this stuff up and people who think it’s not actually happen are ignorant at bet.

  30. “The fact that he felt a need to mention “8000 Black on Black murders” to explain/defend his position speaks volumes as to who he is when he goes home.”

    I believe the officer is just trying to make the point that the number of white police officers that kill black suspects (which is indeed a tragedy) is a drop in the bucket compared to the number of black on black killings; therefore, protesters are drawing attention and effort away from a much bigger problem. What is causing the terrible rise in violence among our black citizens? How can it be addressed? It seems to me that when these questions are focused on, and solutions sought, many more lives will be saved, instead of focusing all the attention on a few racist cops.

  31. Hu3m4n says:
    Aug 29, 2016 8:55 PM
    Didn’t the police force across the bay just go through three chiefs in nine days because of corruption and racism?

    Sorry, but unless and until the police start standing up to their own bad apples instead of declining to answer criticism they can shut their mouths. They deserve this criticism, and nobody owes them an apology.

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    You are trying to reason with the type of people who didn’t realize Team America: World Police was a satire.

  32. The only Americans that side with Kaepernoballz are ones sucking the government dry. I bet his white adoptive parents are soooo proud of him.

    Bet we give ” his people ” mo money, they would be happy. Until they needed Mo money. Hey, gotta support those baby Mommas. What a friggin joke.

  33. The SFPD is about as imperfect a messenger for this as Kaepernick was for his.
    Not exactly an agency known for its integrity and positive race relations.

  34. I’m glad everyone finally caught on to what I’ve been saying about Krapperdik for 2 years now. That in addition to being a terrible, fundamentally flawed QB he is an unstable wackjob and a vile locker room cancer. You saw this foul attitude begin to surface in 2013 when the of the league first caught on to the fact he can’t throw and crowded the box to take away his running game. This entire charade has phoney written all over it. The conspicuous timeline, the fact he could care less about how his actions affected his coaches and team mates. The guy is selfish jerk who thinks his hysterical political views are more important than the team or the game. If I’m a coach, GM or player I don’t want this toxic presence anywhere near my team. I hope Krapperstink invested well because his NFL career is officially over after the 49er cut his sorry arse this week. Good riddance

  35. Personally, I don’t have a problem to Kap’s decision to not stand during the National Anthem. It is his RIGHT as an American citizen. It is also a right for people to have negative feelings about it and to freely express those feelings. What I do have a problem with is LEO’s who feel that they have the power to tell people what they are anbd are not allowed to protest. You are a government entity and the 1st amendment applies directly to you. I have a problem with LEO’s who were upset with the St. Louis Rams players who came out with their hands up and threatened to not work Ram’s games again. I have a problem with the officers who left a WNBA game because of the t-shirts some players wore. I have a problem with the LEO’s who threatened to not work a Beyonce concert because of her Superbowl performance. America is a free country, not a police state. Their job is to “protect and serve.” That’s it. Protect and Serve. Not Protect and serve those that agree with you. Not protect and serve those that have the same political affiliation as you. Not protect and serve those that have the same sexual orientation as you. Not protect and serve those that look like you. Not protect and serve those who have the same religion as you. Just protect and serve.

  36. As a US Navy veteran of Desert Shield/ Desert storm and a 24 yr ” on the job” vet in the great city of Philadelphia. I am disgusted. Isn’t what this misguided person doing the same this he is upset with? He is stereotyping all cops. I agree that police work has a small percentage of bad racist cops. As I’m sure it’s safe to say there is bad apples in the NFL as well as in every faucet of all this great country. 96% of cops are good, honest hard working brave men willing to give their life to protect even Colin. To disrespect the brave men and women who choose to serve and protect his right to speak his mind is not going to help his cause. It seems selfish and a look at me tactic to me. If he truly wanted to help or make a difference… there’s a better way then disrespecting the millions of us cops and vets then spitting in the face of the good guys who daily put our life on the line to change the oppression. Cops are being murdered, ambushed and spit at who had nothing to do with other bad cops who did horrible things. But, that small of a percentage of bad cops shouldn’t give people the right to kill and assault good cops or spit on our flag. I served for his right to act stupid and I’d die to preserve it. He is making things worst not better by building up hate on a good cause. There is a better way then sitting during the National Anthem. He will grow up when he needs a cop and sees what we do without hate and judgement daily for what he makes in a quarter of a NFL game. ..send him to a Police academy for a week or a week long ride along

  37. Kaepernick is a dupe of the Democrats.

    Repeating the insane attack on the police, who are hired by Democrats to protect our communities, to get votes, is immoral.

    Finally members of the community are getting wise. Kaepernick signed a $114 million contract and is feeling picked on. Keep sitting — traitor.

  38. The letter from the police association shows everyone who is open-minded how the police association is close-minded, bent on supporting each other regardless, insensitive to the killing of defenseless human beings just because they are of a different color, and how the association has become a closed cabal of white men who are ex-military.

    One will notice that these police officers are mainly white, ex-military, and have the tendency to bring in their family into the job for life. Also, you will notice that their salaries are paid by community tax and, as was shown in Ferguson, they don’t hesitate to use their legal powers to place addition tax burdens on impoverished blacks buy using the powers to issue tickets and fines.

    Shame on the police association. They should be asking themselves how they can best serve all the people who pay for their salaries and pension. SAD!

  39. Shame on the police association for not having a meaningful response to the tragedy playing out across the nation, between police and the population they serve. All what the police association have is defending their cabal with same nonsensical statements.

  40. Who cares? Everybody is making a big deal about an overpaid moron sitting on the bench during the National anthem. It is AMERICA, and he has that right. Everyone needs to get over it and move on to more important matters. If only Americans could focus such anger on our disgraceful politicians rather than a useless, benchwarming football player.

  41. Kaepernick is taking the easy way out; he doesn’t have to do anything but sit and complain. I guess volunteering time and effort to some social work in this area is too much of a cost and inconvenience to him.

  42. genericcommenter ,
    Somebody who gets it and why it’s such a problem. Replace black with simply teenagers and 20 year olds of all races. How would you feel if randomly because they were 17 or 18, kids were getting shot? Would you say they deserved it because sometimes kids talk back? Would you say they deserve it because sometimes kids are smoking weed or underaged drinking? Would you say let’s fix the divorce rate and serial killer problem first before we address this? Would you always go to the happy place of thinking the kid was always in the wrong? Or is that just your racist tendencies coming out when you assume that black people all over the socioeconomic spectrum from both political ideologies have told you that they get treated differently? A problem for black people today will be a problem for white people tomorrow if you don’t have enough money, so you’d better start being concerned because I remember ha, ha, ha those inner city fools on crack killing each other 20 years ago when their factory jobs abandoned them for nonunion parts of the country. But guess what it reminds me of that’s happening in rural white America now? That heroin epidemic swallowing that part of the country as those same jobs have gone to China and Mexico, and so too this will pass when your kids and you start getting slammed by the police if you don’t start wondering why your black neighbors are victims of a militarized police force that has no problem adding more people to their profiling list as time goes on if you don’t call them out on their bad behavior.

  43. I don’t agree with kaep, but this is a dirty attempt by the sfpd to sweep its own dirt under the rug. Your fascism is showing.

  44. Hey, I think this is blowing up bigger than it is. But, I do agree with one person said earlier. The screening process for officers is terrible. While there is no perfect solution. We wont get a perfect police force. All we can hope for is there is more good than bad. There are too many that let the power of law enforcement go to their head. There are several situations when their(the officers) presentation is not warranted. Some can be overly aggressive or are just very bad at their approach to situations. We shouldn’t be making excuses for these individuals. They need to be better people if they want respect in return. They may have a badge but they are not god(sorry for lack of a better example) . There are many who do embody this, but I have seen first hand the arrogance that some project. I even had one situation I had to, as a private citizen, talk an officer down and diffuse a situation that the officer initiated. Treating some youth with a huge lack of respect that was unwarranted in the situation of kids just riding skate boards where they should have. Its sad but true. I do appreciate the work officers put in, but they also need to look at themselves.

  45. Who would want a low paying job where you could be killed at any time in the course of duty and you would be second-guessed any time you acted to protect yourself? There are two relevant answers: the underpaid hero and the stupid authoritarian. Because of his remarks, my guess is that Kap doesn’t think the first type exists or he is saying you get what you pay for, and the 49ers get Kap!

  46. 250dollarnflowner says:
    Aug 29, 2016 8:06 PM
    how would Colin big mouth Kaepernick know how much training police officers go through? sounds like he should take the offer to join the academy for 17 weeks

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    What he stated was factually correct. How does Colin know? Because he looked it up. Not hard to do.

  47. I sure hope the NFL ushers him out quickly because of his inconsistent, flash-in-the-pan performance for his few years in the NFL, so he can feel free to “not stand up” at home as he watches DirecTV and wonders what could have been….
    This guy is unbelievable…and he is NO Jackie Robinson……..Just a lousy backup QB looking for attention-

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