A police officer in Reno, Nevada, is under fire after he dressed up like controversial ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for Halloween.
The officer, identified as Antonio Gutierrez, wore a wig, fake nose and a sign that read, “Will stand for food.”
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While Kaepernick’s critics might think it’s funny, the officer’s boss isn’t laughing. Further, plenty of people on Twitter were seriously furious.
University of Nevada, Reno Police Chief Adam Garcia scolded Gutierrez for mocking Kaepernick in a statement.
“For those who have seen the Halloween costume of one of our officers apparently mocking a citizen who has chosen to take advantage of his constitutional right to protest, I offer my sincere apologies,” Garcia said, according to BuzzFeed.
“Members of our profession are held to a higher standard and denigrating another — on or off duty — is insensitive for its lack of respect and lack understanding on how others may negatively view their actions and may be impacted,” he continued.
However, Gutierrez will not face disciplinary action for the costume.
Kaepernick gained notoriety when he decided to sit and eventually kneel during the national anthem last year in protest of racial inequality and police brutality. Other players have since taken up his controversial protest.