Reno, NV – The University of Nevada – Reno (UNR) police chief has apologized to social justice warriors and slammed his officer for a Halloween costume that the officer wore off-duty.
After SJWs tweeted their outrage over the officer's "racist" Colin Kaepernick costume, UNR Police Chief Adam Garcia delivered a sweeping public apology to the community.
"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," Chief Garcia said, according to the Reno Gazette Journal.
The citizen being mocked was Colin Kaepernick, a UNR graduate and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, who started the trend of players kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games.
Officer Gutierrez wore a wig, a fake nose, a painted on beard, a shirt with Kaepernick’s number on it, and a sign that said “Will Stand for Food” to a Halloween party on his own time last week.
Social justice Twitter warrior @glaserface posted a photo on Sunday of Officer Gutierrez posing for a photo dressed as Kaepernick, his arm around a woman dressed as a leopard.
Tweets in response to the photo were mixed, with many people responding that the costume was pretty funny.
But Chief Garcia didn't agree, and criticized the free speech of the officer for criticizing the free speech of a multi-millionaire.
"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,” Chief Garcia said.
UNR said no action will be taken against the officer for his Halloween costume because the chief was unable to locate a policy that was violated.
"As insensitive and inappropriate as this is, we have no policy that would dictate any disciplinary action," said UNR spokeswoman Kerri Garcia.
The police chief said he has heard from many members of the university community that feel unsafe on campus because of the current social and political climate.
"Behavior such as this magnifies unsafe feelings and lack of trust in police, especially when that individual is responsible for the safety of all members of the University, regardless of color, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion," Chief Garcia said.
"At a time when officers should be heightened in their attentiveness to perception by our community, this act seems extremely out of touch with those sentiments and reflects poorly on all of us."
"To regain the trust of our students, and in particular those of color, will be a challenge and will be a priority through continued education, training and conversation,” he said.
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