Two Chicago Police officers who knelt with an activist will be reprimanded for making a political statement while in uniform, the department spokesperson said.
A photo of the encounter was posted to social media on Sept. 25 by activist Aleta Clark according to the Chicago Tribune, who goes by the name of “englewoodbarbie” on Instagram.
Clark wrote in 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 comments under the photo were mixed with both criticisms and support for the officer’s decision to kneel.
Anthony Guglielmi, spokesman for the Chicago Police Department told the Chicago Tribune that the officers will face a reprimand. The department said it will not be publicly identifying the officers in question.
Guglielmi said, “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.”
According to the Chicago Police department’s “rules of conduct” an officer is not allowed to be “participating in any partisan political campaign or activity.”
Colin Kaepernick an NFL quarterback was the first player who knelt during the national anthem in 2016 to protest police brutality and racial inequality. Kaepernick’s actions were widely criticized as un-American.
But in recent times more NFL players have been kneeling, including nearly the whole team of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
President Donald Trump on Twitter recently criticized the players for not standing during the anthem.
“Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country.
#StandForOurAnthem” Trump tweeted on Sept. 25.
Tremendous backlash against the NFL and its players for disrespect of our Country.#StandForOurAnthem??
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
Trump also reiterated that his issue with kneeling had nothing to do with race, but instead is about “respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem.”
Recently Ben Roethlisberger, the longtime quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, said that he regrets the team’s much-derided move to not appear on the field during the national anthem last Sunday, adding that the team will most likely stand for the anthem in future games.
The two-time Super Bowl champion wrote on his personal website that he “was unable to sleep last night and want to share my thoughts and feelings on our team’s decision to remain in the tunnel for the National Anthem yesterday.”
The Steelers didn’t come out on the field during the national anthem in a move that many saw as an attempt to boycott the anthem. Two other teams, the Tennessee Titans and the Seattle Seahawks, also didn’t appear on the field during the anthem in a later game on Sunday.