- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The University of Nevada, Reno police department has apologized after a photograph of an officer wearing a costume mocking Colin Kaepernick was criticized as racist.

Officer Antonio Gutierrez was reportedly spotted at a Halloween party wearing a fake nose, a curly haired wig, a homemade San Francisco 49ers jersey and a cardboard sign that read, “Will stand for food” — mocking the former quarterback’s inability to sign with a new team since he started a movement of kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality.

Social media users demanded answers after a photo of the officer went viral Sunday.

UNR spokeswoman Kerri Garcia apologized for the officer’s “insensitive” costume but said he would not face any disciplinary action, the Reno Gazette-Journal reported.

“As insensitive and inappropriate as this is, we have no policy that would dictate any disciplinary action,” the spokeswoman said.

Police Chief Adam Garcia also apologized, saying the current political climate is causing students on campus to feel unsafe.

“For those who have seen the Halloween costume of one of our officers apparently mocking a citizen who has chosen to take advantage of his constitutional right to protest, I offer my sincere apologies,” Chief Garcia said, the Gazette-Journal reported. “Members of our profession are held to a higher standard and denigrating another — on or off duty — is insensitive for its lack of respect and lack understanding on how others may negatively view their actions and may be impacted.”

Mr. Kaepernick played college football at UNR before being drafted by the 49ers. The school recently made headlines after an officer was recorded during a routine traffic stop saying, “I’m just going to shoot him if this goes sideways, because f– that,” about grad student Kevin McReynolds.

That officer is on leave and an investigation is pending, the Gazette-Journal reported.


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