Cleveland Police Protesting National Anthem Because Browns Players Protested Anthem

Cleveland Police Protesting National Anthem Because Browns Players Protested Anthem

Cleveland Police Protesting National Anthem Because Browns Players Protested Anthem

The Cleveland police union has refused to hold the flag at the upcoming NFL season opener for the Browns after several players knelt during the national anthem at a preseason game August 21.

But the union had informed the Browns of its decision ahead of that game, and Saturday's display hasn't changed their mind, Thomas Lascko, second vice president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association, told HuffPost.

"The players not standing for the national anthem is offensive because of the sacrifices that people make that allows these guys to enjoy the success that they have", Loomis said. And I think for all those guys that knelt initially and then last week chose to stand - I won't get into why they made that decision - I think they are going about it in a very responsible and thoughtful way.

More importantly, we as Cleveland Police Officers strive to open the lines of communication with all of our citizens-athletes and enthusiastic Browns fans alike. And they're entitled to say what they feel just like I've always said about our players.

"I$3 f the ownership of the Browns and the league are going to allow that type of stuff to happen, and then come to us and say, 'We want you to help us with the flag, ' that's hypocritical", Loomis told Cleveland's Fox 8.

This comes after CPPA President Steve Loomis said in a statement that the union members, "decided to pull out of the event after [they] learned the Browns management "supports their players freedom of expression" and that management and their coach knew of and apparently condoned this despicable display".

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Two weeks ago, we reported on a group of Cleveland Browns players choosing to stand, or better yet, kneel in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick. "That's why we aren't going too".

The Browns previously released a statement saying they support their players' rights to kneel for the anthem if they choose. Our American flag is an important symbol to our great country and we, as officers, will continue to salute it.

While the union doesn't speak for the department, it does speak for many police officers.

But Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia found empathy for both the players and the officer.

So, the Cleveland police are protesting the Browns' protest of the Flag by essentially disrespecting the flag themselves.

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