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Cleveland Police Union Will Not Hold Flag in Browns Game Because of Protests

September 05, 2017  | 

The Cleveland Browns made national news recently when a dozen members of the team knelt during the national anthem, the largest such protest to date in the NFL. In response, Cleveland's police union has said its officers will not hold the American flag during the anthem prior to Browns games, reports Yahoo News.

NFL players have offered various rationales for kneeling during the national anthem, from systemic injustice to specific critiques of police behavior. However, virtually all players who have spoken on their motivations have stressed that they do so out of a hope to improve the country they love.

That rationale didn't fly with Cleveland's police union. "It's just ignorant for someone to [kneel]," Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association president Steve Loomis told cleveland.com. "It just defies logic to me. The fact that management was aware of what they planned on doing, that's as offensive as it can get."

It's important to note that the Cleveland Police Department is not protesting or boycotting the Browns; this is the officers' union. Cleveland police stressed that they are still committed to fulfilling their duties at Browns games.


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Joe Smith @ 9/5/2017 9:39 PM

Nobody cares what football players think. Because they can run the fastest and jump the highest doesn't make them able to understand police policy, procedure and tactics. Just like the media they don't understand what police deal with and as such haven't a clue what they're talking about.

ssc1911 @ 9/6/2017 11:08 AM

Great for the Cleveland Police Union taking a stance that they will not hold the flag at Cleveland Browns game. Professional football plyaers should know better than to make a political statement about what is percieved by many as police brutality. This action by the football players while in their uniforms is wrong the team amanger owners and NFL should fine or suspend players for taking a political stance. The football stadium and game isn't the place to do that with paying fans in attendance and law enforcement who are there to protect everyone. It is DISRESPECTFUL And CHILDISH how these players are acting.

kevcopaz @ 9/6/2017 2:17 PM

Any officer who works off-duty for the Browns should stop immediately. IF they don't they are whoring themselves out. Let the Browns do without professional police at the games. if the city has on duty officers work there thats another story. Officers we too have to stick up for what we believe, even if it costs us. ANY "professional courtesy" that was given to Browns team or franchise members should also cease immediately and treat them as any other citizen period.

Staniel @ 9/7/2017 8:02 PM

The reason I don't watch NFL anymore is because I'm paying money to watch a football game, not so I can see overpaid "professionals" whine about something. They can do that on their own time and within their own union contracts, not on my dime. For me, I want to see the cops carry the colors, I don't care who knees down to pout. That is my flag and I want my cops to carry with dignity and honor. The kneeling "protesters" aren't volunteering to carry the colors. So let the cops take a stand for once and carry the colors. Why should the people on their knees scare away our cops? Why should the knee benders dictate who should carry the flag. I fought and bled for that flag. Let the cops represent!!!!

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