There is no doubt that the NFL anthem protests outraged millions of people, ultimately resulting in people burning seasonal tickets, leaving stadiums nearly empty and tuning out of the game broadcasts, resulting in a landslide ratings drop. But that wasn’t the end, as now, Florida police officers upset by the players’ disrespect responded by reducing the amount of security this Sunday at a Miami Dolphins game.
Even law enforcement doesn’t feel as if the overpaid protesters are worthy of security as they disrespect the very values they, as officers, swore in to protect.
Details reveal that the number of off-duty officers which worked the event was a third less than usual, according to Dade County Police Benevolent Association President John Rivera.
From the 400 officers who usually secure the stadium during games, only 270 were present and expected to help maintain order as the New York Jets played the home team, and only 175 officers volunteered to work the game, with other officers being forced into working by being paid overtime.
“This whole movement started against police officers,” said Rivera, adding, “And now it’s morphed into disrespecting the flag and the country.”
But this isn’t the end of the problem, as other details reveal that officers all across the nation have pushed back on players’ kneeling protests against police brutality, all of which started around a year ago with former San Francisco 49-ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick before President Trump made his harsh stance clear on the entire issue.
According to Rivera, the Florida police opt-out will probably result in the “minimal amount” of security, “where they feel safe, but i don’t think they’re going to have the ideal amount.”