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A Chicago police officer was reprimanded on Wednesday after he injected himself in the NFL kneeling controversy by posing with an American flag and a sign that said: “I stand for the anthem.”
Officer John Catanzara posted the photo of himself on social media while he was in uniform and standing in front of a marked police SUV.
“I stand for the anthem, I love the American flag,” the sign he held said. “I support my president and the 2nd Amendment.”
All words in the poster are in black except “president,” which is in red.
Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the Chicago Tribune that Catanzara was reprimanded for violating department rules that prohibit officers from participating in any partisan political campaign while on duty.
Catanzara was the third Chicago police officer reprimanded this week for speaking out on the growing NFL controversy.
His post came just days after two other uniformed officers from the department were under fire for sharing a photo on social media of them kneeling and raising their fists inside a police station. The activist who shared that photo, Aleta Clark, said it was to support former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who protested police treatment of minorities by refusing to stand during the national anthem last season.
"The department will remind all officers about the department's prohibiting political statements while on duty through a roll call training," the police department said in a statement Wednesday.
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