A police officer from the University of Nevada — Colin Kaepernick’s alma mater — dressed as the former NFL quarterback for Halloween and leftists are up in arms about it.
A photo of Officer Antonio Gutierrez began circulating on social media on Monday mostly thanks to Twitter users who found the spoof costume offensive. In it, Gutierrez is seen wearing a makeshift Kaepernick jersey, a fake nose, an afro and a “will stand for food” sign.
— Robert Littal (@BSO) October 30, 2017
The costume is a clear shot at the former NFL player’s national anthem protest, which he began to protest America’s alleged oppression of racial minorities. The protest eventually transformed into an argument over patriotism and respect for the flag and our military, which Kaepernick now blames for his continued unemployment.
— BILL SOURCE (@billsource) October 30, 2017
This is why we kneel. https://t.co/UdFsklQUmW
— The NFL Protest (@theNFLprotest) October 30, 2017
After the photo made its way around the internet on Monday, the chief of the University of Nevada, Reno Police Dept. apologized on behalf of Officer Gutierrez.
“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,” Gutierrez said in a statement.
“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 of understanding on how others may negatively view their actions and may be impacted.”