- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

The president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association has threatened to pull officers out of the Browns’ stadium to protest player Isaiah Crowell, who recently apologized for posting an illustration on social media showing an officer getting his throat slit.

Mr. Crowell posted the photo on Instagram Wednesday after the police-shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile — one day before the ambush at a Black Lives Matter rally in Dallas that left five officers dead.

In light of Thursday’s shootings, Mr. Crowell deleted the post and issued a public apology for the “extremely poor decision,” saying, “Every single life matters, every death as a result of violence should be treated with equal outrage and penalty.”

But police union President Stephen Loomis thinks the “store-bought apology” isn’t enough, he told TMZ.

“You’re a grown ass man, and you claim you were too emotional to know it was wrong? Think we’ll accept your apology? Kiss my ass,” he said.

“He needs to go to Dallas, help the families who lost their loved ones last week, write them a check, look them in the eyes and give a heartfelt apology,” Officer Loomis continued. “I will pull Cleveland officers, sheriffs, state troopers out of First Energy Stadium this season if he doesn’t make it right.”

Mr. Crowell’s post was as “offensive as putting a picture of historical African-American men being hung from a tree in the ‘60s,” he added.

In a statement released Tuesday, the Browns agreed that “just an apology” was not enough.

“It was completely inappropriate and we have made him aware of our high level of disappointment,” the statement said. “Isaiah has apologized but also knows that just an apology is insufficient and that he must take steps to make a positive difference after a very negative and impactful post.”

On Wednesday, Mr. Crowell pledged in a Facebook video to donate his first game check to a fund for the police officers slain in Dallas.

“I know this might not change your mind about me, and I know I can’t take the post back, but I’m sorry and moving forward I’m committed to being part of the solution,” the 23-year-old said in the video.

The Associated Press estimated the check will be about $35,000, based on his yearly salary of $600,000 covering 17 weeks of the NFL season.


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