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Chicago cops face reprimand for 'taking a knee' in Instagram photo

Chicago cops face reprimand for 'taking a knee' in Instagram photo”

Two Chicago police officers knelt alongside a community activist over the weekend and are now being reprimanded.

Activist Aleta Clark posted the Instagram photo on Sunday showing her kneeling next to two police officers with their fists raised in the air.

But the officers who did kneel have reportedly been reprimanded.

Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence against African Americans and systemic racism.

Since then, several others players had joined the movement throughout the a year ago, prompting outrageous tweets and comments from President Donald Trump over the weekend.

In the Instagram post, the user who posted the photo took and posted the photo of the took officers said she walked into a police department, asked the officers if they are against police brutality and stand with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest, and then took a knee when she requested it.

Chicago Police Department spokesman, Anthony Guglielmi, told the Chicago Tribune that the officers had been disciplined and reminded of department policies banning political statements while in uniform.

Kaepernick went unsigned by any National Football League team this off season, but his protest has only become more polarizing, as other players have chosen to strike the pose or have opted to remain on the bench during the anthem.

During Sunday's game at Soldier Field, members of the Chicago Bears linked arms during the National Anthem, while all but one member of the Pittsburgh Steelers remained off the field.

"Not surprisingly, not one would kneel", she said.

Rule No. 42 of the department's Rules of Conduct prohibits uniformed officers from "participating in any partisan political campaign or activity".

Guglielmi said officers involved were reprimanded and counseled on department policy.

She said inside CPD's District 6 in Auburn Gresham - two African American officers agreed to kneel alongside her, in uniform and inside the station.

Commenters on the "Second City Cop" blog were nearly uniformly appalled by the photo, with several referencing the up the Make America Great hat incident and department rules.



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