3 Miami Dolphins players took a knee during the National Anthem again on Sunday, September 18th, as part of the growing sports solidarity actions against racial injustice and unwarranted police killings.
Broward Sherrif’s Office and its supporters have issued many scathing responses in the past week, with their local union representative saying: “I can not 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…We no longer support an organization that values financial profit over a minimum conduct standard.”
Although BSO itself has backed away from this statement and said that it will continue to offer security, local IUPA President Jeff Bell claims that BSO deputies will be continuing to refuse the volunteer overtime security duty on an individual basis.
Black Lives Matter Alliance Broward strongly supports the courage of Arian Foster and others for keeping this protest movement in the national spotlight.
To BSO and its supporters, we have to ask – who does BSO protect? Who do they serve? The IUPA was quick and resolute in its support of killer cop Peter Peraza throughout his short prosecution in the killing of Jermaine McBean. BSO was also quick to criticize reporters for passing on the facts surrounding the killing of Gregory Frazier just a week and a half ago.
Again and again, we have seen police officers and their unions across the country showing more interest in protecting themselves, at the expense of justice for the victims of police brutality, and at the expense of the First Amendment rights of those that speak out against police brutality. BSO is no different and the last few months have really emphasized just whose side they are really on.
The Movement for Black Lives has been just one result of this lack of action. After years of outrage, people of color in all sorts of positions in American society are speaking out. The Alliance hopes that these protests continue, and that they continue to spread just as they are now….not just into communities that are grieving over lives already lost, but into all walks and sectors of life where there are compassionate people who cannot stand idly by. We salute Arian Foster, Jelani Jenkins, Kenny Stills and Michael Thomas, and we hope that their contributions to the Movement for Black Lives does not end when they leave the stadium.