Santa Clara police union threatens to stop working 49ers home games
Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Santa Clara, CA, United States (4E Sports) – The Santa Clara police union has threatened to stop working in San Francisco 49ers home games due to quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s move to speak out against racial injustice.
In a letter, the police union informed the team organization that “it could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities” if the 49ers will not take action against Kaepernick .
The Santa Clara Police Department is the lead police agency at Levi’s Stadium. During 49er games, around 70 officers volunteer to work and are paid as security personnel.
I’m already hearing it this week that next week on Monday Night Football, some officers are not going to work,” said Frank Saunders, president of the Santa Clara Police Officers Association.
If Santa Clara’s police officers refuse to work, others officers might be hired but Saunders said it may create a conflict with the city’s contract with the police union.
However, Santa Clara Police Department Chief Michael Sellers called on his officers to put the community’s safety above potential boycotts.
“The safety of our community is our highest priority,” Sellers said. “I will urge the POA leadership to put the safety of our citizens first.”
“I will work with both sides to find a solution. In the meantime, I will ensure we continue to provide a safe environment at Levi’s Stadium,” he added.
Officers are angered by Kaepernick’s comments about police brutality and accusations that officers “murder minorities.”
They are also frustrated by the San Francisco quarterback’s decision to wear socks during practice that depict pigs in police uniforms, according to the association.