The Broward County Sheriff's Office Deputies Association, a union that represents local deputies in the county's largest law enforcement body, is calling for the suspension of details that escort and otherwise protect the Miami Dolphins as a response to four players kneeling during the national anthem in Seattle last Sunday. Jeff Bell, president of deputies local 6020, says he has contacted the association's executive board in order to make everyone aware of the protest undertaken by four Dolphins -- Jelani Jenkins, Arian Foster, Kenny Stills and Michael Thomas -- and urged the board and all law enforcement to cease detail work for the Dolphins. The players had been protesting what they said is a lack of equal justice for some African Americans at the hands of some police. The letter from union president reads as follows: "To Everyone, "Today, I contacted the executive board of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Deputies Association Local 6020 in reference to the actions of a few Miami Dolphin players. As a law enforcement union, we certainly encourage people to exercise their constitutional right of freedom of speech. However, in certain professions, an individual’s freedom of speech must take a back seat to the organization or government entity that they choose to represent. Even the NFL’s governing body and the ownership of individual teams set strict policies in order to make sure players represent the league in the most professional way.
Local Sheriff's union wants law enforcement to suspend details protecting the Miami Dolphins
Miami Herald | Sep 17