Chicago Police Department to punish two officers for kneeling on the job

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The Chicago Police Department said on Monday it will be reprimanding two officers who were seen in an Instagram photo taking a knee and raising their fists.

“We are aware of the photo and we will address it in the same way we have handled previous incidents in which officers have made political statements while in uniform, with a reprimand and a reminder of department policies,” department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said to the Chicago Tribune on Monday.

Aleta Clark, the founder of Hugs No Slugs, a program that works to help children affected by gun violence in Chicago, posted an Instagram photo of herself, kneeling and raising a fist, along with two black police officers, with the caption: “That Moment when you walk into the police station and ask the Men of Color are they Against Police Brutality and Racism & they say Yes… then you ask them if they support Colin Kaepernick… and they also say yes… then you ask them to Kneel!”

The photo had garnered nearly 2,000 likes as of Tuesday morning and was posted while more than 300 NFL players took knees across the league during the national anthem.

Trump, at a rally for Sen. Luther Strange in Alabama on Friday, called out NFL players who kneel for the national anthem.

“Luther and I–and everyone in this arena tonight–are unified by the same great American values. We’re proud of our country. We respect our flag,” he said emphatically, pausing as the crowd cheered in approval.

Trump then continued, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out, he’s fired!’”

“He’s FIRED!” Trump said again, pointing his finger in the familiar pose from his days on the NBC show, “The Apprentice.”

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