Kneeling for your rights may cause police not to protect you
By Byler E. Henry
The Broward County police union has a unique response to three of the Dolphins players who kneeled during the National Anthem, Ari an: Foster, Kenny Stills, and Michael Thomas. They have decided to ask the police officers not to escort the Dolphins to their games.
Jeffery Bell, the president of the International Union of Police Associations, has spoken about this incident and his stance on free speech to the Miami Herald: “I respect their right to have freedom of speech. However, in certain organizations and certain jobs you give up that right of your freedom of speech temporally while you serve that job or while you play in an NFL game.”
Although Jeffery Bell may not agree with this protest, I feel his stance is completely out of bounds. The NFL has issued a statement saying that players are encouraged but not required to stand up for the National Anthem.
The players who kneel or sit during the National Anthem are not breaking any rules; they are bringing attention to an issue that needs to be addressed while using their right of free speech.
The Broward County police union is completely and utterly wrong for not wanting the players to have police protection. So because the players want to take a knee, you don’t want them to have any protection?
A peaceful protest does not cause for such an action. Never once, did any of the players claim to be against America. You can love your country, and criticize your country because you want it to get better.
Although America has come far from where we were we still have a long way to go and the Broward County police union proved it. Their lives won’t be protected because the players decided to exercise their first amendment rights and take a knee?