Chicago Cops To Be Punished For Protesting Against Police Brutality
Two African-American Chicago police officers are being reprimanded for “taking a knee” inside a police station to protest against police brutality.
The officers were photographed kneeling with a woman believed to be Englewood community activist Aleta Clark who posted the picture on Instagram on Sept. 24 with a caption, notes the Chicago Sun-Times:
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 Kapernick [sic] … and they also say yes… then you ask them to Kneel!
Clark has previously posted photos of herself kneeling with children and neighborhood residents,
The kneeling pose made headlines in 2016 when former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the National Anthem before games to protest police brutality against black people.
Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi issued a statement to the Chicago Sun-Times:
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.
It’s not clear how opposing police brutality is a “political statement.”
Clark posted a video to her Instagram account where she complained about “European” officers refusing to join her in kneeling.
“Not surprisingly, not one would kneel,” Clark stated.
(Source: Chicago Sun-Times, Photo Credit: Aleta Clark/Instagram)