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Cleveland Police Unhappy with Anthem Protests, Won't Hold Flag at Browns Opener

Cleveland Police Unhappy with Anthem Protests, Won't Hold Flag at Browns Opener

Members of the Cleveland Browns kneel during the national anthem before an NFL preseason football game. (AP/Ron Schwane)

By    |   Sunday, 03 September 2017 08:30 PM

Members of Cleveland’s police union will not hold the American flag as planned for the NFL Browns’ regular-season opener on Sept. 10 because some players knelt during the National Anthem before a preseason game, the Police Patrolmen’s Association president told Cleveland.com Friday.

"When management allows you to do those things, then that's on them," said Steve Loomis. "It's hypocritical of the Browns management and ownership to want to have an armed forces first-responder day and have us involved in it when they allow their players to take a knee during the national anthem. That's the very representation of what we stand for. That's why we aren't going to."

A group of Browns players have been locking arms during the playing of the national anthem since Cleveland played the New York Giants on Aug. 21.

"As an organization, we have a profound respect for our country's national anthem, flag and the servicemen and servicewomen in the United States and abroad," the Browns said in a statement at the time. "We feel it's important for our team to join in this great tradition and special moment of recognition; at the same time, we also respect the great liberties afforded by our country, including the freedom of personal expression."

Loomis called the move a slap to the face.

"It's just ignorant for someone to do that," Loomis said. "It just defies logic to me. The fact that management was aware of what they planned on doing, that's as offensive as it can get."

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Members of Cleveland's police union will not hold the American flag as planned for the NFL Browns' regular-season opener on Sept. 10 because some players knelt during the National Anthem before a preseason game, the Police Patrolmen's Association president said.
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