Following the attack in Dallas, TX, the Dallas Cowboys football team requested permission to wear commemorative decals to honor those five police officers gunned down by a sniper. The National Football League (NFL), however, has since denied this request due to its policy regarding uniform regulations.
The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) released the following statement from National President Nathan Catura, asking the NFL to reconsider its ruling:
"When the Dallas Cowboys opened their training camp by walking arm-in-arm with members of the slain Dallas police officers' families, FLEOA's membership was overwhelmed with pride.
"We did not think we could be more grateful for this outpouring of appreciation for our men and women in uniform until we learned that the Cowboys wished to further commemorate the sacrifice of the five Dallas police heroes by displaying an "Arm in Arm" decal on the helmets of 'America's Team.'
"However, we were astounded to find that the NFL denied permission for this important gesture. In the past, the NFL has allowed exceptions to their strict uniform rules to bring attention to breast cancer prevention and national memorials.
"The Dallas Cowboys represent both a community that these officers sacrificed to serve and a team they loved, and for that reason this humble request deserves the approval of the NFL. Our members and the hundreds of thousands of law enforcement officers across the country are calling on you, Commissioner Goodell, to do the right thing."
The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (www.fleoa.org) is the largest nonprofit, nonpartisan professional association that exclusively represents over 26,000 active and retired federal law enforcement officers from over 65 agencies.