College police officer in hot water over ‘offensive’ Kaepernick costume

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The police chief at the University of Nevada, Reno, is apologizing for the Halloween costume of one of his officers Monday, after a photo of the officer dressed as Colin Kaepernick holding a sign that read, “Will stand for food,” circulated on Twitter and angered a number of black students on campus.

In the post on Twitter, a screen shot of a University police officer is seen next to a photo of what appears to be the same man dressed in a wig, a painted on beard, a false nose and a sign that says, “Will stand for food.” 

“For those who have seen the Halloween costume of one of our officers apparently mocking a citizen who has chosen to take advantage of his constitutional right to protest, I offer my sincere apologies,” Garcia said.

“Members of our profession are held to a higher standard and denigrating another – on or off duty – is insensitive for its lack of respect and lack understanding on how others may negatively view their actions and may be impacted.”

The officer will not be disciplined, however. “As insensitive and inappropriate as this is, we have no policy that would dictate any disciplinary action,” said UNR spokeswoman Kerri Garcia.

 

 

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