CHICAGO – After multiple teams across the country took a stand against President Donald Trump’s controversial comments about the NFL, the Chicago Police Department was made aware about a photo of CPD officers taking a knee while in uniform.
The photo was posted on Instagram by Aleta Clark, an activist in Englewood.
In the photo, the woman said she walked into a police station and asked the officers if they were against police brutality and if they supported Colin Kaepernick. She said they said yes to both. The officers can be seen raising their fists while kneeling in the photo.
According to her caption, she then asked them to take a knee, which they did.
CPD spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the police department was aware of the photograph and will reprimand the officers.
“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,” he said.
The department’s code of conduct prohibits officers from participating in an “partisan political campaign or activity.”
The Bears released a statement prior to Sunday’s game:
“What makes this the greatest country in the world are the liberties it was founded upon and the freedom to express oneself in a respectful and peaceful manner. Through important dialogue with our players and team, this divisive political situation has unified our franchise for the present and the future,” the team said in the statement.