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FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2015, file photo, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stands on the field during an NFL football game against the Atlanta Falcons in Santa Clara, Calif. Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem over what he describes as oppression of minorities in the United States is apparently winning support from some veterans on Twitter under #VeteransForKaepernick. Kaepernick said he'll continue the protest during San Francisco's preseason game at San Diego on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016. (AP Photo/Ben Margot, File)

California cops have canceled their threat of boycott over Colin Kaepernick



UPDATE : The boycott threatened by Bay Area cops over Colin Kaepernick sitting during the national anthem will not happen, the Santa Clara Police Officers' Association wrote in a statement. 

The group will "encourage our officers to work 49ers games and other stadium events."

Santa Clara Police spokesman Lt. Dan Moreno told USA Today the plan was "business as usual." Kaepernick's 49ers play their first game on Monday night. 

Our original story on the boycott is below.

I'm already hearing it this week that next week on Monday Night Football, some officers are not going to work.
Frank Saunders, president of local police union

Original report (9/4/16): Colin Kaepernick's decision to sit during the national anthem at a football game is leading local police officers to consider skipping out on working San Francisco 49ers games. Many officers are paid as security personnel, but aren't working their normal police shifts, NBC News reports

The 49ers are allowing this to come out from an employee and it's making for a hostile work environment for us at the stadium.
Frank Saunders

That quote above comes from Frank Saunders, president of the Santa Clara Police Officers Association. And if only the Santa Clara cops walk, the 49ers could find other officers - but the city has a deal with the union. Santa Clara Police Chief Michael Sellers said he would urge the union to prioritize safety. 

California cops have canceled their threat of boycott over Colin Kaepernick

Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem during his last preseason game, in attempts to continue his protest but still show respect for veterans. He has also promised to donate $1 million to charities that advance social change.

But his sitting and photos of him wearing socks that depicted officers as pigs angered many.

He still  has his supporters, as seen by #VeteransforKaepernick.

Do you support Kaepernick's decision to sit out the National Anthem?

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It's likely Kaepernick won't  play for the 49ers in their first game on Monday, Sept. 12th. Kaepernick was named the second-string quarterback behind Blaine Gabbert, USA Today reports.

Watch: Why do some think the National Anthem is racist?

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