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Police Come Out Swinging Against Kaepernick and Nike

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The Fraternal Order of Police released a statement in response to Nike’s new advertising campaign that features former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick’s ad features the line “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything.”

In their newly released statement, Chuck Canterbury, the National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, stated that while he dismissed the idea of police boycotting Nike, the “sacrifice” that Kaepernick insists he made is incomparable to the sacrifices that the police and their families make every single day.

Canterbury started the statement by recognizing that Kaepernick does have the right to freedom of speech and to express his views, even if they have disparaged the police in the past.

“Colin Kaepernick and all Americans have the constitutional right to freely express their views, even if they are uninformed and inflammatory,” said Canterbury. “Indeed, law enforcement officers have an obligation to defend these rights and we do so every day, even in those cases when the views expressed are hostile, hateful or offensive to the men and women of law enforcement.”

Canterbury continued on by criticizing the idea of boycotting Nike.

“The Fraternal Order of Police has been called upon to boycott Nike for capitalizing on this former professional football player because he attracts controversy. In our experience, boycotts and similar exercises do not succeed and often serve only to enrich the company—which is not what we want to do,” he said.

“Our members and, for that matter, any American citizen, understands when the law enforcement profession is being insulted— we have no doubt they will make their purchases with that insult in mind.”

With that being said, Canterbury still does not agree with Nike’s choice of spokesperson.

“If Nike chooses to create an ad campaign featuring a former quarterback who describes cops as ‘pigs’ and makes large donations to the family of a convicted cop killer and wanted fugitive, Joanne Chesimard, who murdered New Jersey State Trooper Werner Foerster in cold blood in 1973, they are free to do so.”

“Since 2016, 381 officers have been killed in the line of duty. They believed in something and sacrificed everything, as did the families they left behind. All of the men and women in law enforcement believe in something and are prepared to sacrifice everything.”

“Ultimately, this ad campaign will end and our nation will no longer associate “sacrifice” and “sneakers.” Instead, we will once again associate “sacrifice” with our fellow Americans in our military and police departments who stand in harm’s way to protect the rest of us and our right to express ourselves.”

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