A police union in Florida is voicing their displeasure with members of the Miami Dolphins very loudly after four members of the team took a knee during the national anthem before their game against the Seattle Seahawks. As a result, the Broward County Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association has called for the suspension of escorts and other protective services for the Dolphins.


Earlier this week, Dolphins fans were seen burning a bunch of jerseys after the players didn’t stand. Despite burning jerseys being one of the dumbest things to do, people continue to do so as a form of their own protest but most of them do it with the hopes of going viral.

It’s safe to say the police union is even more upset than those fans were, as they issued a letter laying out what they want to happen.

“I can not [sic] fathom why the Miami Dolphin organization and the NFL would allow the blatant disrespect of the American Flag and what it stands for during the national anthem,” wrote union president Jeff Bell. “It is a privilege to play in the NFL, not a given constitutional right. The Miami Dolphin players, staff and family members enjoy full police escorts from the Broward Sheriff’s Office on a regular basis. These escorts often involve putting the men and women of law enforcement agencies at risk as they block intersections during peak traffic times in order to expedite the travel time between facilities.”


“We have buried coworkers who have unnecessarily lost their lives protecting the lives of individuals,” Bell writes. “Some law enforcement officers even lost their lives while protecting the lives of the very same individuals who were protesting against law enforcement. The Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association Local 6020 is seeking the immediate termination of all Miami Dolphin escorts until such time [as] the Miami Dolphins and the National Football League set forth a policy that will not tolerate the disrespect of the American Flag and National Anthem during any sanctioned games or events.”

This is another example of how some folks can’t seem to find a middle ground and respect each others beliefs. There is no need for police or police unions to issue statements like this because the players are not anti-police. They are trying to bring about change by forcing people to talk about things that make them uncomfortable. Police threatening to not protect people for voicing their opinion is exactly why protests need to continue to happen.