The Santa Clara police union issued a letter to the San Francisco 49ers saying they may stop working the team’s home games due to the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick‘s statements on police brutality and his wearing of socks during a practice that showed cartoon pigs dressed as police officers.
The letter, obtained by NBC Bay Area, states that if the organization does not take action against Kaepernick, “it could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities.”
The letter also stated that “the board of directors of the Santa Clara Police Officer’s Association has a duty to protect its members and work to make all of their workings environments free of harassing behavior.”
Kaepernick has become the focus of intense scrutiny for not standing during the playing of the national anthem in the 49ers’ last two preseason games as a form of protesting racial injustice in the country.
He also received criticism from the head of national police association after Kaepernick appeared on the 49ers practice field wearing the socks.
Kaepernick vowed to continue sitting during the national anthem until he was satisfied with the changes made toward ending racial oppression in the United States, a position he reiterated after Thursday’s game against the San Diego Chargers.
“Once again, I’m not anti-American,” Kaepernick said. “I love America. I love people. That’s why I’m doing this. I want to help make America better. I think having these conversations helps everybody have a better understanding of where everybody is coming from.
The 49ers had previously released a statement on Kaepernick’s actions, saying “in respecting such American principles as freedom of religion and freedom of expression, we recognize the right of an individual to choose to participate, or not, in our celebration of the national anthem.”
About 70 Santa Clara police officers work each home game at Levi’s Stadium, according to NBC Bay Area.