On Friday night, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick made headlines when he refused to stand as the national anthem played before a game. Within 24 hours, fans were burning his jersey to let him know that what he did was wrong.
Kaepernick tried to defend his shameful show of disrespect by race-baiting.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” he said of his protest. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
Now, however, this blatant show of disrespect has come back to bite him in a big way.
Western Journalism reported that a Bay Area law enforcement agency has issued a challenge to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick asking him to learn something about police instead of trashing them from ignorance.
The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, which includes Oakland and other communities on the eastern side of the San Francisco Bay, wrote a post on their Facebook inviting Kaepernick to see how officers are trained. The post referred to a comment Kaepernick made that belittled the training given to police officers.
“You can become a cop in six months, and don’t have to have the same amount of training as a cosmetologist, that’s insane,” the quarterback said.
The police department fired back with a message of their own.
“He’s opened up dialogue,” said Sgt. Ray Kelly. “We’re always talking in this country about the need for more dialogue, well, this is a teachable moment for Colin Kaepernick. And he’s followed by hundreds of thousands of fans and this is really an opportunity to change the mindset of thousands of those people.”
Kelly went on to say that Kaepernick was way off with his figures, pointing out that a deputy gets 2,000 hours of training over 11 months before starting active patrol, contrasting that with the 1,600 hours California requires for a cosmetology license. He said that the football player’s assumptions have no basis in reality.
“He’s assuming that we’re taking these people out of society that have no life experience, no education, no military training, nothing, and that six months later we’re handing them a gun and putting them on the street to go out and kill people,” Kelly said. “There’s so much more to it.”
The letter invited Kaepernick to the “Alameda County Regional Training Center (RTC) in Dublin, CA.”
“In addition to the academy, we train thousands of law enforcement officers from throughout the state and country in all aspects of our profession, including use of force. We have a specially designed Use of Force simulator that puts officers in situations where they must make split second decisions on what actions to take,” the open letter said.
“In addition, we invite you to meet with our current academies and veteran officers to talk to them about their experiences and yours,” it read. “We hope that you will take this opportunity to meet with a new generation of law enforcement officers and have an open dialogue.”
By Wednesday morning, the post had already gotten more than 12,000 likes and nearly 6,000 shares. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.