- The Washington Times - Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Two Chicago police officers will be reprimanded for kneeling and raising clenched fists in a show of solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.

A photograph of the gesture was posted on Instagram Monday by Chicago activist Aleta Clark, who said the officers obliged when she asked them to kneel.

“That Moment when you walk into the police station and ask the Men of Color are they Against Police Brutality and Racism & they say Yes,” Ms. Clark wrote. “Then you ask them if they support Colin Kapernick [sic]… and they also say yes… then you ask them to Kneel.!”

The Chicago Police Department declined to name the uniformed police officers in the photo, but said they broke policy that prohibits them from engaging in politics while on duty.

Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the New York Post in a statement that the officers will be reprimanded.

“We became aware of the photo yesterday and addressed this in the same way we handled a previous incident of potential political activity while in uniform,” he said. “The officers will be reprimanded and reminded of the policies concerning appearance and conduct while on-duty and in uniform.”

The kneeling protests started more than a year ago when Mr. Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, refused to stand during the national anthem as a protest against racial injustice in America.

President Trump has attacked anthem protesters in the NFL repeatedly in recent days, saying they should be fired and the league should impose rules disallowing it. His remarks have sparked a show of solidarity among many NFL players, who have responded by kneeling or locking arms during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”



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