Orlando, FL - An Orlando police officer is under internal investigation after he refused to stand for the national anthem while on duty.
Sources familiar with the internal investigation told reporter Shannon Butler with WFTV that someone complained after the officer sat during the national anthem.
The Orlando Police Department has a policy requiring its officers to stand for the national anthem while on duty, according to WFTV.
The Orlando Police Department declined to release the officer's name, or talk about the investigation, since it is ongoing.
The officer was on duty at recent dragon boat races when he allegedly refused to stand.
A citizen saw the officer sitting down when the national anthem was being sung, asked him to stand, and he declined. He was alleged to have said that he didn't stand in protest.
The sources said that a member of the Orlando Police Department filed the complaint after hearing about the incident.
In its policy, the Orlando Police Department said, “While wearing the uniform of this Department, whether on or off duty and when on duty in civilian attire, members will render the proper respect to the United States Flag. Uniformed members will face, stand at attention and salute the flag."
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick started the protest by kneeling during the national anthem.
Explaining his protest, Kaepernick said, "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color."
He went on to make anti-police statements and wearing socks which depicted police as pigs.
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