Miami Police Dept Limiting Protecting For Dolphins-Jets Game Due To Anthem Protests

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NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem has a lot of people upset.

Including the Miami-Dade Police Department.

During a normal game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami, there are usually 400 police officers helping protect around the stadium, but many Miami-Dade police officers were considering refusing to work the off-duty detail in response to players on the team kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem.

Since last season when the protests started, Kenny Still and Michael Thomas and now Julius Thomas participated in programs with local law enforcements and citizens discussing issues, but that doesn’t matter as only around 170 officers are showing up to make sure things go smoothly around the stadium:


“The head of the union representing Miami-Dade police officers said there will be less than the “ideal” number of officers at Hard Rock Stadium for Sunday’s Dolphins-New York Jets game after officers eschewed the detail in reaction to Dolphins’ players national anthem protests.

Dade County Police Benevolent Association President John Rivera said Sunday morning the police presence will be “the minimal amount where they feel safe, but I don’t think they’re going to have the ideal amount.”

Since last season, Stills and Michael Thomas, joined by Julius Thomas this season, have participated in programs with local law enforcement and citizens discussing the issues.”

The Dolphins are one of the few teams that have enforced a rule that prohibits any players kneeling during the playing of the Star Spangled Banner.