CHICAGO (AP) — A white Chicago police officer has been disciplined by the department for a photo on social media that shows him posing with an American flag in apparent protest of the NFL players who knelt during the national anthem Sunday.

In the photo, the officer is in uniform, standing in front of a police SUV and holding the flag. A sign in front of him reads: “I stand for the anthem. I love the American flag. I support my president and the 2nd amendment.”

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Source: Facebook (Note: the officer’s name has been blacked out because he is not identified in the story.)

The Chicago Tribune reports that his reprimand Wednesday comes days after two black, uniformed officers were reprimanded after being photographed with an activist in what she called a show of support for NFL players protesting police brutality and racism. The officers kneeled beside the woman, each with a fist raised.

RELATED: Officers Photographed Taking A Knee Face Reprimand

Chicago police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi (goo-lee-EHL’-mee) said all three officers violated rules prohibiting them from participating in political activity while on duty.

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Comments (3)
  1. I hope this is fake news. If it isn’t, and anyone can be disciplined for expressing patriotism, then it is clear the inmates have taken over the insane asylum.

  2. Public servants do not not lose their civil rights based on their employment, however, there are restrictions on what one can do in uniform or while on duty. Each state has a uniform code of ethics that indicates what is not acceptable behavior while on duty and I am sure that they receive regular training on this just like any other city/state/federal employee.

  3. If this is their policy, then they must comply. If not, they are within their rights to protest as long it is done peacefully and does not stand in the way of them performing their duties.

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