A University of Nevada, Reno police officer will not be punished for wearing a Halloween costume mocking Colin Kaepernick, says the department's police chief. Chief Adam Garcia apologized Sunday for the "insensitive" costume worn by one of his officers, but said that officer would not face discipline.

"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," Garcia said, via the Reno Gazette Journal.

"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."

The response comes after a photo surfaced of the cop wearing a homemade Kaepernick jersey with a wig, fake nose, and a sign that reads "will stand for food" -- which is a reference to Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem last season to protest racial injustice and police brutality in America. It's believed by many that those protests (and the polarizing responses they elicited) have kept Kaepernick from getting another job in the NFL this season. Kaepernick starred at the University of Nevada before being drafted in the second round (36th overall) by the San Francisco 49ers in the 2011 NFL Draft.