The union that represents guards at New York’s Rikers prison were furious when city authorities invited notorious cop hater Colin Kaepernick to visit the prison to talk to inmates about so-called “social justice” issues.
Colin Kaepernick has famously attacked all cops as murderers and racists, even one-time wearing socks depicting police as pigs, but city officials invited him to tour Rikers Island prison, anyway, according to The New York Post.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who is also famous for having invented the anti-American protest during the playing of the national anthem at NFL games was on hand to talk to inmates on Tuesday, December 12.
But officers and union representatives were furious that the cop-hating, anti-American player was allowed to address inmates as if he were a worthy role model.
“That’s crazy to me to have a person like Colin Kaepernick in prison talking about police brutality,” one officer who was assigned to attend the meetings told the paper. “It was insulting for me to be there.”
The anti-American former NFL player attended a breakfast meeting with the prison’s warden before the meetings with inmates.
Inmates asked about playing for the NFL, of course, but they also began asking about Kaepernick’s anti-American protests during the national anthem.
“He said he felt that, being a man of means, he felt obligated to take a stance on what he believes in,” the officer said that Kaepernick told the inmates.
But, Kaepernick also kept telling inmates that they were victims of “police brutality,” angering the officers present.
The move drew the ire of corrections union officials, who said the cop-hating athlete’s visit will only serve to endanger their members by emboldening criminals who see themselves as victims of a corrupt criminal justice system.
“The inmates see a guy like this coming in, it’s almost like the administration is condoning being anti-law enforcement,” said Patrick Ferraiuolo, president of the Correction Captains’ Association. “His presence alone could incite these guys.”
“We’ve got enough issues in the facility with inmates assaulting staff,” Ferraiuolo added. “His presence, what he stands for, certainly doesn’t help.”
Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, also slammed Kaepernick’s visit to the prison.
“This will only encourage inmates to continue to attack correction officers at a time when we need more protection,” he said.
Husamudeen blamed New York Mayor Bill de Blasio for the absurd decision to allow the cop-hater to visit with prisoners.
“Once again, correction officers find themselves caught in Mayor de Blasio’s political con game,” Husamudeen said.
“This is yet another brazen display of the hypocrisy of this mayor, who pretends to support us in public, yet does everything possible to jeopardize our security in private.”
City officials, though, defended the invitation saying that Kaepernick was “using his celebrity to help young adults turn their lives around.”
Police, though, were more than skeptical. And rightly so given Kaepernick’s hate-filled rhetoric over the last two years.
[Note: This post was written by Warner Todd Huston]