Cops are launching their own counter national anthem protest

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

Cleveland police, EMS unions won't hold flag for NFL's Browns after players kneel for anthem

And they're entitled to say what they feel just like I've always said about our players.

"When management allows you to do those things, then that's on them", Loomis said.

At halftime of the Browns' game against the Giants on August 21, when the pregame kneeling took place, the Browns explained that while they feel their players should honor the anthem, the organization makes personal freedom a priority.

Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson responded to the controversy during Monday's practice, telling reporters: "I have great respect for our police and we have great relationships with them".

Nemeth went on to say he'd be "an ignorant fool" to deny that racial injustice and police misconduct were legitimate issues. The protests are more directly aimed at the police members who would otherwise be attending and holding the flags. "I pulled my officers out of there and they're not permitted to work there anymore", Greene said to WFMJ. "The fact that management was aware of what they planned on doing, that's as offensive as it can get", he added.

Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association president Steve Loomis suggested leaders with the Browns and National Football League were to blame for not taking a more aggressive stance against the types of demonstrations exhibited by Browns players and Kaepernick.

For what it's worth, Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia told HuffPost the city's police department is not protesting the Browns, noting that the union "does not speak" for the division.

That argument is a familiar one often made by critics of the protests, which are entering their second season since Kaepernick first took a knee during the preseason in 2016. Our American flag is an important symbol to our great country and we, as officers, will continue to salute it.

Browns executives have not publicly criticized the players, with Executive Vice President of Football Operations Sashi Brown saying, "We respect their efforts to use their platform to make some change".

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.

When the employees of the Browns are on the clock, they represent management just as we do while wearing a Cleveland Police uniform. "I'm actually proud of them".

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