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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The Santa Clara police chief has vowed to continue providing a safe environment at San Francisco home games after the union representing his officers threatened to boycott policing the stadium if the 49ers don’t discipline Colin Kaepernick for criticizing police and refusing to stand during the national anthem.

Chief Michael Sellers said in a statement Saturday that he will urge union leadership to put citizens’ safety first.

Kaepernick’s “blanket statements disparaging the law enforcement profession are hurtful and do not help bring the country together,” Sellers said. “As distasteful as his actions are, these actions are protected by the Constitution. Police officers are here to protect the rights of every person, even if we disagree with their position.”

In a letter sent to the 49ers, the police union complained that Kaepernick’s “inappropriate behavior” has “threatened our harmonious working relationship.”

“The board of directors of the Santa Clara Police Officer’s Association has a duty to protect its members and work to make all of their working environments free of harassing behavior,” the letter reads.

It was the latest in the flurry of heated responses — both negative and positive — that Kaepernick has gotten since his silent protest became the talk of the NFL and much of the nation last week.

The quarterback wouldn’t stand for the anthem at the team’s preseason games, most recently kneeling alongside teammate Eric Reid in San Diego on Thursday night.

He has cited racial injustice and police brutality among the many reasons for his protest and said he plans to continue into the regular season.

Kaepernick is expected to discuss his actions on Sunday at a San Francisco church known for its activism on civil rights causes.

“We had a long conversation,” the Rev. Amos Brown of Third Baptist Church told the San Francisco Chronicle. “He stated his serious opposition to racial oppression and violence in this country, and he’s willing to stay true to his conviction. He’s interested in taking this to the next level.”

The team reiterated Friday night that it stands behind Kaepernick and respects his right not to participate in celebrating the national anthem.

About 70 officers from the Santa Clara Police Department patrol Levi’s Stadium when the 49ers play there.

The 49ers will open their season at home against the Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 12.

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4 thoughts on “Officers Threaten To Boycott 49ers Games Over Colin Kaepernick Anthem Protest

  1. FallMornings on said:

    I, for one, find it offensive when the military is being honored and some players decide to sit during the anthem. Those brave men and women fought for their rich behinds to do and act in such a manner. We understand that racism exists in this society and it may not change until all the old school dies out. To those who served, it gives an air of disrespect.

  2. Why can’t the just ignore him and let him sit his ass there in protest till the cows come home? They need to stop giving him all this press and attention. Just leave him alone.

    • straightnochaser on said:

      You mean the press needs to stop trying to NOT give attention to what you and others like you are in denial about. RACISM. Yeah, Colin Kaepernick decided to sit during the national anthem just to piss off the military. Tell me something, why aren’t you as pissed at the NFL for allowing players who have been involved with domestic violence to continue to play, KATE?

      • Where did you get the idea that I’m not pissed about players committing domestic violence being able to play? What does that have to do with the price of apples in Washington? I thought we were discussing this particular player. I wouldn’t even have known his name had he not decided to park his butt cheeks on the bench during the singing of the National Anthem. When in the hell did the press try NOT to give attention to anything, including Honey Boo Boo? It didn’t take him sitting on his ass for people to know that racism exist. Everyone knows it exist. I think he and anyone else who decides to exercise a right to protest in this manner should be able to do so. I just don’t see what the big deal is. Let them sit, everyone else who wants to stand can stand, and all is right with the world. I just don’t know what all the hoopla is about. Well, actually, I do. Now, people who never even heard of him before know who he is. Yeah!

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