Santa Clara police may stop working 49ers games over Kaepernick

AP

The Santa Clara Police Officers’ Association says officers may stop accepting assignments at Levi’s Stadium and other 49ers-related events over comments made by Colin Kaepernick.

In a letter to 49ers owner Jed York, the Association listed several objections it has to Kaepernick, including:

1. “Your employee then insinuated that police officers are being placed on paid leave for murdering minorities. This statement is obviously insulting, inaccurate and completely unsupported by any facts.”

2. “Mr. Kaepernick then made inaccurate and untrue statements about the level of training that is required to be a police officer.”

3. “The 49er organization has been allowing Mr. Kaepernick to wear exposed socks with the image of a pig wearing a police hat during practices at the training camp in Santa Clara.”

4. “Your organization has made no statement disagreeing with Mr. Kaepernick’s accusations.”

The letter concludes by saying officers may choose not to work 49ers games because of Kaepernick’s statements, adding that police officers “have the right to do their job in an environment free of unjustified and insulting attacks from employees of your organization.”

In the past, the Santa Clara police have been accused of having too cozy a relationship with the 49ers. That relationship is now strained, to say the least.

127 responses to “Santa Clara police may stop working 49ers games over Kaepernick

  1. The Job of the police is to protect the public… even if segments of that public are ungrateful cop haters… The police should not stoop to the level of cop haters and allow NFL games to be unprotected… especially the 49ers stadium.

  2. the cops are completely correct…. if an employee ofmine did this , he would be terminated on the spot… why are the 49ers and he NFL putting up with this?

    free speech is fine, but embarrassing your employer gets you canned in every job in America

  3. “The letter concludes by saying officers may choose not to work 49ers games because of Kaepernick’s statements, adding that police officers “have the right to do their job in an environment free of unjustified and insulting attacks from employees of your organization.””

    Ah, so now they’re suddenly concerned about people’s rights?

  4. Here we go again with the police crying. Nobody is allowed to criticize the police because they have a tuff job. They lay their lives on the line. Blah blah blah.

    YOU chose to be a police officer. If you take the job you take what comes with it. This is the exact reason why this whole situation has gotten outta hand. You want proof that the police have killed innocent people?

    I live in Charlotte. Not 4 hours from here in Charleston SC a man was shot in the back and killed by a police officer. He has been charged with murder.

    Eric Garner was choked to death over some loose cigarettes. They KILLED him.

    A pregnant woman and her 6 month old baby had there car shot 47 times by the police.

    I could go on and on. Don’t act like it’s not a problem. If you claim to be a “good” officer then why be offended when the bad ones are called out? Instead of crying why not go and talk to Kaepernick? Go and find some common ground and start to build something positive. Show us that your department is different. It’s OK to act like a grown man.

    We will never fix anything until we learn to talk to each other.

  5. So when a kid gets stabbed during their weekly gang violence at their games. The police will say ” sorry we didn’t do our job and protect your child but the bad man wore mean socks!” I hope they do the right thing.

  6. The police aren’t soul-less robots. They’re people just like you and me. They deserve to be protected and defended just like you and me. I would never demand they spend the afternoon being subjected to taunts from anti-police ingrates. If the 49’ers keep Kaepernick and he and other players continue to put on public demonstrations against them I believe the police should start their own demonstration and let the players, team executives and NFL executives see what happens when they are not there to stop it. I believe it’s time for the Good Guys to take a stand!

  7. “randomguy9999 says:
    Sep 3, 2016 5:54 AM
    the cops are completely correct…. if an employee ofmine did this , he would be terminated on the spot… why are the 49ers and he NFL putting up with this?

    free speech is fine, but embarrassing your employer gets you canned in every job in America”

    Except when you are an officer who kills an unarmed man right?

  8. For having such a demanding job, police officers sure seem to have thin skin. Part of my respect for officers is their obligation to protect and serve even the worst society has to offer.

  9. The NFL has jumped the shark. The league’s thirst to be relevant 365 days per year has backfired because the nonsense now outweighs the games. They lost me. I record my team on DVR and bypass the 100+ commercials. I refuse to watch pre game buffoons, post game chatter, NFLN, ESPNFL, etc.
    An hour a week is plenty…after all, it’s only entertainment designed to sell product.

  10. “free speech is fine, but embarrassing your employer gets you canned in every job in America”

    Unless the 49ers are not embarrassed, which seems to be the obvious case in this matter.

  11. The Association is actually incorrect about their first 2 objections. I’m pretty sure the are also wrong about their stated “rights” at the bottom of this statement. It just feels so Trumpish: Thin-skinned, a disregard for accuracy to accomplish their narrative, & some made up rule/law/right to try to justify their proposed action. This letter is much more embarrassing than anything the Niners QB has done to them.

  12. randomguy9999 says:
    Sep 3, 2016 5:54 AM

    the cops are completely correct…. if an employee ofmine did this , he would be terminated on the spot… why are the 49ers and he NFL putting up with this?
    _________________

    As shift supervisor, does McDonalds give you this authority?

  13. No statement from the team disavowing Kap? SHOCKER! Jed takes after his dad who would rather hide at his desk than face the issues head on and make himself available to the public during important events that cause issues.

  14. Threatening to withhold protective services to a entire stadium because of the words of one player? Grow up officers. Really immature and exceeds Karpernick’s stupid choice of a venue for his little protest.

  15. Have grown tired of this whole sh*t storm.

    As long as this clown keeps getting face time … phft … I don’t get why the guy keeps getting the media attention he’s getting but, so be it.

    Instead of covering Kaepernick’s foot stomping and platitudes, maybe the media as a whole should be covering all the wonderful deeds he performs within the black community — like teaching his brethren how to NOT get shot by law enforcement.

  16. Here’s what I don’t understand about this whole national anthem brouhaha: Except for the Green Bay Packers, all of the major sports teams are owned and operated by oligarchs, their progeny, or corporate elites, who have virtually zero chance of ever having to defend the country or its values against a foreign enemy. Hell, if they could, half of them would move their headquarters to Ireland or Dubai to avoid corporate taxes.

    Regardless, they wrap their sports in American flags to wring out more revenue for their product.

    If the sports leagues, and their fans, actually possessed a deep-seated patriotism and loyalty to the Constitution for more than the time it takes to roll out an enormous flag now and then, and find someone with the vocal chops to sing a very difficult national anthem, they would understand that Colin Kaepernick is exercising his right of free expression as guaranteed by the aforementioned document, and doing it bravely; though I totally disavow his socks, which are needlessly disrespectful and undercut his political stance.

    It’s clear to me that a lot of beer-infused sports fans are political dimwits, but most probably aren’t, at least not once they sober up.

    And to those people I would suggest that they examine this issue by deciding which is more important: the symbol toward which the protest is directed or the substantive concept that makes it not only possible, but enhances it with a kind of bravery that most of the condemnatory shills don’t possess.

    Believe it or not, it takes a lot of courage and inner strength to stand up for one’s beliefs against the roar of the crowd.

    In a very real sense, Kaepernick is behaving as more of a patriot than the flag wavers condemning him, regardless of what they or I may think of him as a quarterback.

    Personally, I wouldn’t want him on my team, not because of his political stance but because I don’t think he’s a very good qb, but that’s a sports judgment, only.

    Which is why, if the sports leagues find it in their business interest to continue wrapping their products in patriotism, no one should be surprised when someone actually calls their bluff.

  17. Dear Santa Clara Police Department – look at the constitution – freedom of speech. So, you all of a sudden become the country’s conscious. Whether you agree or not, we can still voice our own opinions. Just look at “No Clue Wackadoo” Trump for a perfect example. Still, Kap has his rights & you have your ownj choice, but frankly, you guys have done squat except see free games any way. Take your stand, I invite it – it is your choice, but as for Kap, he has the SAME rights. Get that through that tiny little brains of yours, cool?

  18. So the job of the police is to “protect and serve” the public, unless a few people speak out against them? What a bunch of petulant children. Everyone in the world takes criticism in some form or another. Grow up!

  19. I understand the 1st amendment gives the right to free speech. But the 49ers and the NFL is also a business, and if that business has rules, Kaep make the business look bad and can be terminated.
    I work for a “diverse” company. And if I spoke out against the company’s belief, I’d be terminated immediately. We hear Goodell always saying he’s trying to “protect the shield” and if someone casts a cloud on that shield… Well?
    Not saying it’s right, but I’d respect him more if his actions spoke louder than his gibberish.
    And as far as the law enforcement not wishing to voluntarily working for a hostile work environment, That’s their right too!

  20. I love how cops demand respect from minorities and the public in general as though they do anything to deserve it and cry like children when people dont bow down to them. Fragile little egos

  21. Wonder when Roger will wake up and determine that Kap’s behavior is “detrimental to the league”? The Emperor wields that sword regularly.

  22. Can’t understand why cops always rally to the defense of the few bad cops who give then all a bad name. The police do work for the public and are subject to any and all criticism for their actions yet they seem to serve and protect only their own.

  23. Based on the oath they take when they become cops they are not completely correct.

    They swear to hold the publics trust well kapernick has expressed that he does not trust them and I doubt he is the only one in the community. Not a problem for a kapernick that is a problem for the police.

    They swear to uphold the constitution. Well kapernick can say what he wants about them and they still have to protect his right to do so. Just like the military has been doing forever. And last I checked you can wear whatever socks you want.

    Basically the police are being babies because the football does not like them. Or it seems that way. Well guess what they need to suck it up and do their jobs and get the communities trust back.

  24. Let me get this straight so these sensitive police officers are really ready to go to war over some socks(fashion). Kap is right these U.S. Law enforcement officers get trained for nearly only 1/6th the time it takes for U.S. cosmetologists to get trained for beauty…. and it focuses on firearms training… not conflict resolution and de-escalation. In fact being intelligent can legally disqualify applicants from the job. It is almost as though they want people who will go along with (or remain silent concerning) the ‘few bad apples’. This is exactly the issue with U.S. Law enforcement. If U.S. police put much more planning into their training I think there would be a lot less police brutality.

  25. Is it just me or are cops extremely thin-skinned? This is the second department threatening to quit working games over something ONE player said. Grow up.

  26. Randomguy9999 and you would subject yourself to an awesome lawsuit go for it. Just because Kaep has a objective opinion doesn’t mean it should take away a cop doing what he signed up to do. So their feelings are hurt over an opinion big deal

  27. If you really take your charge to “protect and serve” seriously, then you show up for work and do so in order to prove your critics wrong, no matter what they’re saying and no matter how much attention they’re getting.

  28. Kaepernick should take his political views and causes off the football field and to another platform. The situation got too big for him and now he’s in damage control.

    I really don’t care if he sits or stands for the national anthem. That’s his prerogative.

    Pretty soon they will be televising football games on MSNBC.

  29. I guess they can stop paying taxes that go and pay your salaries. I guess “Protect and Serve” really is a myth and Kaepernick is actually right.

    Crazy how these people with firearms who are supposed to protect us are such whiny babies when people want to ensure they’re doing their job correctly. It’s like giving a 13 year old girl a loaded firearm

  30. Regardless of how one feels about Kap and his actions, this is really a bad look for the PD. You don’t get to choose who you serve and who you don’t just because you’re butt-hurt. That would be a complete abdication of their duties, public servants that they are. Pretty childish.

  31. minuteman, patsarethegoat, judalation, cardinealsfan20

    Working at the stadium is an optional off-duty opportunity, a “job in blue” for officers. They have every right not to work these side jobs if they don’t want to.

  32. If the police are forced to work there, they may have just set the foundation for a harassment lawsuit based on a hostile working environment.

  33. randomguy9999 says:
    Sep 3, 2016 5:54 AM
    the cops are completely correct…. if an employee ofmine did this , he would be terminated on the spot… why are the 49ers and he NFL putting up with this?

    free speech is fine, but embarrassing your employer gets you canned in every job in America

    ———————–

    Sports and entertainment is not every job and he didn’t say any specific police department.

    He has a right to his opinion like it or not if u don’t go move to North Korea

  34. For those saying that the Cops are forced to work at the games. You are wrong. For those that are saying “To Serve and Protect but only if they want to” You are also wrong. These games are not Public they are ran by private companies. They are also held on Private land. They are under no I repeat NO obligation to attend in any manner nor work at those games. The only time they would be ever required is if called in a Emergency(911 call) otherwise most places have private security at these games which are typically off duty Cops or just good old Security Guards trained to work at events. But the police dept is not responsible for being at these games unless called upon do to a Fight or Gunshots or other emergency. So I stand with them in this decision if they so choose. Now this is the Union not the actual Dept. They may still work there if they so choose.

  35. The same morons that last were seen boycotting Quentin Tarantino movies because he rightfully declared that some cops are simply killers are now back with this.

    Why don’t they just publish a list of who they will protect and serve and who they won’t. We already have a good idea how that list falls, which is why we are here in the first place.

  36. Kap is essentially a protestor. We can’t have cops refuse to protect protestors just because they disagree with the protest. Can doctors refuse to save a life just because they don’t lile their patient?

  37. Cops make what? 50-60k/year? And this is hurting Kap how? He’s on the field protected by the teams private security . Cops are there to protect the fans. Plus the reason they take jobs like stadium security is because the city doesn’t pay them enough. Talk about cutting off your nose to spite your face.

  38. Imagine if our armed forces quit protecting the American people over a little resentful anti-war criticism from the public today or in year’s past. All police officers take an oath, and the Santa Cruz police union have a duty to the people whether we cheer or rage over Kaepernick’s protest.

  39. For someone trying to engage in a position for change, and all his other self serving aspects, the socks seem incredibly juvenile…

  40. He’s done nothing wrong. Yet, here they go trying to force the company’s hand in firing him over being critical of police. Is that not oppression ? Obviously they’d rather deny the real issues & attack the voice. Honestly their method is FAR more disgraceful than not standing for a song. Stay classy Sant Clara.

  41. Kapernick better be on the straight and narrow for the rest of his life in the outside world. He better not go ONE MPH over the speed limit, he better never have one drink and drive, he is a marked man…forever

  42. I don’t agree with the actions of Colin, but what he is doing isn’t putting lives at risk.

    What the police are doing will if they refuse to do their jobs.

    Kind of shows how right Colin actually is…

  43. I understand the 1st amendment gives the right to free speech. But the 49ers and the NFL is also a business, and if that business has rules, Kaep make the business look bad and can be terminated.
    I work for a “diverse” company. And if I spoke out against the company’s belief, I’d be terminated immediately. We hear Goodell always saying he’s trying to “protect the shield” and if someone casts a cloud on that shield… Well?
    Not saying it’s right, but I’d respect him more if his actions spoke louder than his gibberish.
    And as far as the law enforcement not wishing to voluntarily working for a hostile work environment, That’s their right too!

  44. We’re approaching a very important date in our country’s history where we need to be united. This protest mini trend really needs to stop. At least for 1 week.

    #USA
    #Unitedwestanddividedwefall(sit)

  45. The problem is, what Kaep is saying is demonstrably false. Race has zero to do with nearly every shooting that takes place. The pigmentation of skin is only happenstance. Every single objective analysis clearly points this out. To claim otherwise, is purely irrational and devoid of the most basic forms of critical thinking. Not only is what Kaep is claiming completely false, it is destructive. He continues to prop up a narrative based solely on lies. The guy is an abject moron and that goes for every other person incapable of looking at the numbers and facts. Go ahead and protest, I don’t care. However, know that you might as well be painting the word moron on your forehead.

  46. I love it. Kaep got these folks all in a frenzy. The police want the Niners to disagree with Kaep and throw him under the bus for doing what he rightfully can.

    I love it. Ain’t nothing like making somone mad and they can’t do anything about it. I’m not mad at the Niners either. I think it is best for them to let it play out. You can’t make them pick a side. And the power of the dollar is going to keep the police at the games. If not Santa Clara then some from neighboring counties will get in on that.

  47. “…All police officers take an oath, and the Santa Cruz police union have a duty to the people whether we cheer or rage over Kaepernick’s protest.”

    Police officers volunteer to work NFL games. Any one of them can decided not to volunteer for any reason. Like, say, one of the star players states police hunt down and kill people because they’re all racist pigs.

    That said, all I’ve heard about 49ers games is the crowds are terrible, there’s fights, gang activity, etc. If that’s true the police aren’t doing the job anyway.

  48. I would think Kap would be happy with this — now nobody at a 49er game will have to worry about police brutality while at the game. And by his logic, these games will be the safest place in Santa Clara for black people. Right?

  49. By reading this, it really sounds like the police are very immature. I can assure you they don’t speak for all police officers. There are some that are very bright. I’d try to get a better spokesman if I were them. It sounds like a knee-jerk reaction from someone with a guilty conscious. Maybe police should be forced to have a college degree, and get some psychological training. This guy is proving Kaepernick’s point.

  50. manureman says:

    To serve & protect, but only if they want to.
    ======================================

    When it comes to games, yes, that is correct. The NFL hires individual police officers to work their games. It’s a second income. They do not have to. They can stay home and sleep if they want.

  51. Also, as someone correctly stated, theses games are optional, extra work. Officers may choose work at them based on their own desire, and may decline them or opt not to participate if they do not want too. This is not a dereliction of duty — police officers (when off duty) also have freedom of choice. Funny how that works, huh?

  52. Cops aren’t going to give up the money. they can make 100K a year doing these kind of gigs. They couldn’t care less what Kap thinks as long as those paychecks keep coming.

    This is just the union posturing to gain sympathy. Not gonna work.

  53. It’s easy for the top brass or union officials who make top dollar and don’t actually work the games to make this threat because it doesn’t affect their wallets. I don’t believe too many of the rank and file men and women who use the extra money they make working games to pay mortgages and send kids to school are going to be happy about giving up easy money (working security at a game is surely easier than chasing down armed criminals). And trust me, for the few who may have no problem giving it up for principle will be run over by the many racing to take their place. I know this organization is supposed to represent the rank and file, however, like many similar organizations it ends up representing those at the top more than those at the bottom. If you hate Kap’s message, fine….say that. Protest outside the venue if you like. But it’s a cheap gesture to protest Kap with someone else’s money….especially the folks who need it most.

  54. Say what you want about the police response but their position is appropriate. Their role is to maintain security at a venue that has long since been described as one with huge potential negative consequences in the event of some form of terrorist attack. A quasi enclosed facility where thousands are gathered, if exposed to a situation of panic, would become a security nightmare.
    Even without the terrorist attack aspect, the venue is still a security nightmare. Besides Department of Homeland Security folks, who else is keenly aware of this? Those whose agendas would be furthered by throwing a flame on the tinderbox of race relations that are so prevalent today.
    Of course the dim witted man child Kaepernick has no idea that he is being used by those with evil intent. And the NFL owners are so wrapped up with problems of their own doing by continuing to support a commissioner who doesn’t possess an ounce of integrity, they have lost sight of the much bigger issue that confronts them, ie being held hostage by a small number of anarchists using NFL owner’s property and venue’s to promote their personal agendas.
    Sure there is merit to the issue at the center of the problem. There will always be issues that need to be fixed in any free society. But only fools believe that the stated issue of how minorities are treated by police is the real agenda of these silent instigators. And Kaepernick the fool is their willing pawn this time around.

  55. First, while he is on the field, wearing his 49’ers uniform, he is an EMPLOYEE of the 49’ers and therefore a public representative of that company. He has to do whatever his employer tells him to do, just like all the rest of us.

    This is not a “free speech” issue. If his employer tells him that he has to stand for the anthem (or not wear pig socks, or whatever), then he has to stand, or be fired. Period.

    Secondly, cops “working” the stadium is something they OPTIONALLY do AFTER they finish their shifts. If they choose to not go to the stadium, that is completely within their rights and would not be “shirking their duty”.

    “Working Security” at any private event is not part of their job description, so stop giving them crap if they choose to not do it.

  56. These comments came from the police association, not the department itself. These associations are the same organizations that will support the most corrupt amongst them. This is nothing more than a law enforcement version of taking their ball and going home if they don’t get their way.

  57. Yea this is the union just puffing their chest. These off duty jobs pay the officers very well and many officers rely on this extra revenue. I can’t see them given it up.

  58. Good job of making Kap’s point for him – their fee-fees were hurt? Awwww!
    Someone smartly suggested above they do the grown up thing and go speak with Kap, Reach out a little, show him that they are all not like the people he’s described and then try and build understanding and something positive from that – why not? – instead it’s, ‘I’m gonna take my ball and go home.’
    How am I supposed to have any respect for that?
    Flame on haters!

  59. “free speech is fine, but embarrassing your employer gets you canned in every job in America”
    ___________________________________

    Only people who HAVE, or have had, a job understand this. Those who have never worked will never understand.

  60. Bad move but the police. Better to say you will work and refuse to show/don’t do their job. That way you can assure Keep protection but instead let in people that will attack him.

  61. brewster1 says:

    Cops aren’t going to give up the money. they can make 100K a year doing these kind of gigs. They couldn’t care less what Kap thinks as long as those paychecks keep coming.

    This is just the union posturing to gain sympathy. Not gonna work.
    ====================================

    If the union says they will not work the game then they will not work the game. You leftists do support unions, right?

  62. Instead of refusing to work they should just call out ‘sick’ on gameday and leave the 49’ers and their petulant little child of a backup QB without any security that day.

  63. He has created further conflict between law enforcement and the public. If a cop gets killed by a loony fan, Kaepernick will be done no matter what. His cause is what again? Oh that’s right, the cause is now all about Colin.

  64. Part of any police “persons” job is to protect the citizens engaging in free speech. Imagine the police officer’s job on the day the KKK decides to march down main street with their Hitler symbol flags and vile speech? Imagine protecting an abortion clinic if you happened to be hard core Catholic?

    Point is, once you take the job, you don’t get to choose. I think Kap is an idiot but still he has every right to be as dumb as he wants. Everyone should just walk away from highlighting Kap’s desperate attempt to remain relevant.

  65. gbsparks above was thinking way too hard on a Saturday morning — not to mention attempting such long-winded intellectual discourse on a football blog.

    Kaep has the right to make his statement, as do others who disagree with either his methodology or substance. It ain’t rocket science and there’s no need to rewrite War & Peace addressing it.

  66. Here we are 1 week away from opening weekend and we are talking still about this goof. How about we concentrate on the actual game of football? You know….like today is cutdown day, who will win starting jobs etc? Football is the best sport there is and its proven in tv ratings and it sucks to say it but you rarely have bad issues in the 3 other major sports. This game is being ruined and it has to stop IMO.

  67. “Your employee then insinuated that police officers are being placed on paid leave for murdering minorities. This statement is obviously insulting, inaccurate and completely unsupported by any facts.”

    Great lie there, Mr. Police Spokesman. It is the standard operating procedure of 99.99% of all police departments that an officer involved in a shooting is placed on paid leave until the investigation into the shooting is completed. There is nothing even remotely inaccurate or unsupported by stating that. In fact, 100% of the facts DO support that officers get paid leave after shootings. This occurs in the case of shootings of ANYONE. Minorities are part of “anyone.”

  68. The DeBartolos come from my hometown (unfortunately), and it’s an open secret as to how they came into such a fortune. Fuhgeddaboutit! You think they care about the police? Fat chance.

  69. What little cry babies. Guess the police don’t believe in citizens having rights. Guess we the people must keep our mouths shut or who knows ehat type of action the pigs will take.

  70. Hey Qcsfinest. It’s not a problem. And here’s a novel idea. You get stopped by the police shut your mouth and put your hands behind your back. If the illegal lyrics arrest you. Sue them later

  71. If people heard the way that cops talked about citizens in private, you wouldn’t be so quick to put these guys on a pedestal.

    The Police departments kill unarmed and in some cases innocent people, give you a stoic stare and say ‘I have a difficult job’.

    But if someone criticizes them in any way or infers that their policies could somehow be improved upon, they turn into whiny, sensitive, harmless, defenseless babies… who carry guns and a license to kill.

    People say ‘They are human’ but then treat them like gods and prime examples of morality.. which more often than not is far, far from the actual case.

    Ask yourself… are these the types of people that should decide who lives and who dies… BEFORE a judge can mete out true justice? Not without SERIOUS change, they aren’t.

  72. @oldandgrumpy72 – What does being an “off duty opportunity” have to with failing to prevent gang violence when the SCPD accepts those opportunities?

    It’s common knowledge that certain gangs have initiation activities associated with assaulting fans attending 49ers games. Yet the SCPD does nothing.

  73. “Your employee then insinuated that police officers are being placed on paid leave for murdering minorities. This statement is obviously insulting, inaccurate and completely unsupported by any facts.”

    Maybe this isn’t true for Santa Clara but it happens all over the US. Maybe he needs to include non-minorities and in addition to paid leave include that some cops have received awards for killing people, sometimes for things like wrong-address SWAT raids.

  74. Does that mean if any cop says something bad about the 49ers that the 49ers shouldn’t allow any of them to work games?

  75. PS. Buuuut, if he makes it into the city, with a truckload of foreign speaking “undocumented immigrants” we’ll put you up at the Ritz and start you a tab. That you never have to pay back. ACLU is on speed dial FYI.

  76. I hope they don’t work the games. What happens if Kapernick needs police assistance? I hope they just leave him to “stew”.

  77. Was giving this guy the benefit of the doubt since he was peacefully protesting for a cause he believes in. However, the socks cross the line, and he should be disciplined for them. I’m sure he’ll rightfully lose his endorsement deals over them. Wearing those socks is engaging in the same behavior that he’s protesting the police of engaing in, which is forming opinions on an entire group based on the actions of a few. Thoses socks have taken all credibility away from his actions. Shameful.

  78. This is the BEST news I’ve read all day!!! I hope more Police Departments follow their lead 🙂 Dallas probably won’t, even though the Cowboys were refused the right to wear a decal on their helmets to honor and respect the slain officers/families…smh..but it is OK for Krap to take his “stand” at his workplace, the Rams come onto the field “hands up, don’t shoot, & players wearing “I can’t breathe” t-shirts!! The NFL/powers that be, will be forced to hire Security @ the games, and I promise they will NOT get the same deal, imo, that they had with the Police Depts. When it comes to loss of $$$, maybe then they will get their heads out of the sand and do something about the players using the NFL to make their “stand”, instead of on their own time…

  79. Kaepernick is clearly only targeting as a whole the Santa Cruz police union with his protest, so they are wholly justified in their stance. The union has no obligation or duty whatsoever to provide security for an assemblage of many thousands of citizens within it’s district for a private enterprise. It’s honorable, morally conscionable, and truly in the best interest of the local and visiting public both within and outside the surrounding area of Levi stadium to refuse security, even without the off-duty obligation to do so. Potential civil unrest amongst tickets holders with an exemplary track record at the stadium is worth the risk of one man’s opinion, without question. Acts of violence and public drunkenness should be left to under-trained security personnel or simply by citizens arrest. With the police union adamantly requesting the outright need of arming security officers during the Super Bowl for greater public protection, there is little chance citizens paying regular season tickets prices, as opposed to thousands of dollars are more likely to be culprits of disorder. Stadium visitors on Sept. 11 should arrive early due to undoubted traffic congestion, but look to find good parking in the handicap zones due to the lack of ticketing officers or repercussion. Thank you Santa Cruz police union for the sanctity of your oath.

  80. Quite frankly, I support the cops.
    I build houses for a living. If a person continually rips on my work and publicly trashes my name i would get annoyed. If that said person then tries to have me build them a house in pretty sure I would tell them to pound sand. I have better things to do than work for somebody like that

  81. So, one person protests by not standing for the national anthem (which is his constitutional right), and the logical response is we wont provide protection for people who did stand and honor the flag? Shameful. Are we adults or are we children playing a tit for tat game? This unfortunately is the logic that drives our country. Its called hatred.

  82. It’s very simple. If a community does not want to be policed, how on God’s green Earth can you ask an officer to put his life at risk to police them?

  83. Who are they to make demands? NFL teams can hire private security guards anyway, just goes to show what kind of people are really”serving & protecting” us

  84. I wish I could stop doing my job and still get paid because I didn’t like the way someone lawfully acted. Unfortunately, I would get fired for that.

  85. Crap became more trouble than he’s worth about two years ago. It’s time someone made him act like an adult. Which is not an easy thing with that high pitched nasal whine. Maybe he needs surgery to get his balls to drop.

    From 49ers fans, get that ugly head out of our faces. Any way is a good way.

  86. brentspeckmannbutthumps says:
    Sep 3, 2016 11:58 AM
    Quite frankly, I support the cops.
    I build houses for a living. If a person continually rips on my work and publicly trashes my name i would get annoyed. If that said person then tries to have me build them a house in pretty sure I would tell them to pound sand. I have better things to do than work for somebody like that
    ——-
    I wonder how “supportive” you’d be if you were stalked and pulled over for DWB? Typical american stance – I’m not black, and don’t have their issues because I’m not black, so “it’s not my problem.”

  87. The incident in Charleston, SC was cold blooded…but imagine this, what if he didn’t run? The guy choked out over cigarettes….what if he just did what the cops told him to do instead of resist? They both would be alive today.

    All the people that want to disarm cops pretty much want gangs to run the city. When the gangs/bad guys disarm themselves I may switch my opinion.

  88. I think if the Chief of the SC Police assigns them to a Niners game and they refuse, they can be fired on the spot. They really can’t refuse an assignment.

    That’d be like saying we’re not going into a riot because I might get killed. They have no choice in assignments. The union can submit a grievance, but that’d be like saying we’re not working the hood because black people don’t like us.

  89. I used to follow the NFL to get away from matters like these. Yes, there is racism, bigotry, and unfairness in the world. But we need a break from it once in a while to reset form hearing about it every day in this climate in this country.
    Now the NFL in mired in it. I may have to leave. Btw, I have not bought one single NFL item for over 5 years, and I don’t plan to now.

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