Cops are launching their own counter national anthem protest

Cleveland Police Union Pushes Back On Browns Protest, Refuses To Hold Flag At Game

They are entitled to say what they feel, just like I've always said about our players.

Loomis contends that the players' protest of the flag was disrespectful to the sacrifices others made which allowed them to be successful in America.

There is new fallout from the debate over Cleveland Browns players kneeling during the national anthem during a preseason game. "For them to disrespect the flag by taking a knee did not sit well with me".

"It's just ignorant for someone to do that", Cleveland Police Patrolman's Association President Steve Loomis said.

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What defies logic to me is that police see the National Anthem protest against its own brutality (guilty much?) as un-American.

"There's a lot of racial and social injustices in the world that are going on right now", rookie safety Jabrill Peppers said, explaining the message they'd hoped to send.

Loomis said the Browns are aware of the union's plans and sent him a statement saying they were "disappointed" the officers were not "honoring their commitment" to help hold the flag.

Browns Defensive Back Jamar Taylor was one of the players who knelt at the preseason game.

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National anthem protests were common in the NFL last season, after the then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand during the "Star-Spangled Banner" at the end of August 2016.

"When I was growing up, we were taught to stand every morning, put our hands over our hearts and say the Pledge of Allegiance", Nemeth said. "That's why we aren't going to". The Cleveland Browns Organization has been a longtime partner of the Cleveland Division of Police, donating and assisting (many times quietly) to our Police Athletic League and hosting events with kids in the city's Muny League Football.

Since Loomis spoke out, Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia told the HuffPost that the police department is not boycotting the Browns and that the union "does not speak for" the department. "Professionally, thoughtfully, probably as thoughtfully as any others have", Sashi Brown, the team's executive vice president of football operations, told Cleveland.com last week. "These are guys that mean well".

"We respect their efforts to use their platform to make some change and express themselves", he added. "I'm actually proud of them".

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