The University of Nevada, Reno’s (UNR) police chief has apologized for a Halloween costume worn by one of his department’s officers, according to The Reno Gazette Journal.
The Gazette Journal on Sunday reported that Adam Garcia was reacting to a photo showing a UNR officer dressed as National Football League (NFL) free agent Colin Kaepernick.
“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,” he said.
“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 of understanding on how others may negatively view their actions and may be impacted,” Garcia added.
An image began circulating on social media Sunday showing a screen shot of a UNR officer next to a separate photo of seemingly the same man dressed as Kaepernick.
The man’s costume consisted of a wig, a painted on beard, a fake nose and a sign that reads, “Will stand for food.”
UNR did not name the officer in the Halloween photo, adding that no action would be taken against him.
“As insensitive and inappropriate as this is, we have no policy that would dictate any disciplinary action,” spokeswoman Kerri Garcia said.
Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL’s team owners earlier this month, charging that they colluded to keep him out of the league due to his social activism.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest America’s racial injustice.
Kaepernick’s display has since been emulated by numerous other professional athletes both in and out of the football world.
Scores of NFL employees have performed the gesture this year despite President Trump’s outspoken criticism of it.