Police union threatens boycott of 49ers games over Colin Kaepernick protest

Santa Clara police say Kaepernicks protest has threatened our harmonious working relationship with 49ers

The union for police officers who work San Francisco home games says its members may boycott policing the stadium if the 49ers dont discipline Colin Kaepernick for refusing to stand during the national anthem and for his statements about law enforcement.

A letter from the Santa Clara Police Officers Association sent to the 49ers was obtained Friday by KNTV-TV, the NBC affiliate in San Jose.

It says that Kaepernicks protest has threatened our harmonious working relationship with the 49ers. About 70 officers from the Santa Clara Police Department patrol Levis Stadium when the 49ers play there.

If the 49ers organization fails to take action to stop this type of inappropriate behavior it could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities, the letter reads. The board of directors of the Santa Clara Police Officers Association has a duty to protect its members and work to make all of their working environments free of harassing behavior.

It also criticized what it called anti-police statements made by Kaepernick, calling them insulting, inaccurate and completely unsupported by any facts.

Its 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 has refused to stand for the anthem at the teams preseason games, most recently taking a knee a game in San Diego on Thursday night, to some boos from the crowd.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/sep/03/police-union-boycott-49ers-games-kaepernick-protest