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Cop scrutinized for ‘racist’ costume of Colin Kaepernick

A police officer working for the University of Nevada, Reno is catching flack after he wore a racist costume mocking Colin Kaepernick and his features.

In a dual image photo posted by a Twitter user on Sunday, the officer – alleged to be Antonio Gutierrez – wears a prosthetic nose, an afro and dons a red shirt with ’49ers’ on it and the number seven. He also sports a sign that reads ‘Will stand for food’ seemingly ignoring the reasons Kaepernick and NFL players have been taking a knee. 

The irony of a supposed police officer making fun of a Black man who is protesting about police brutality against people of color and specifically Black people did not go unnoticed either.  

A police officer working for the University of Nevada, Reno is catching flack after he wore a racist costume mocking Colin Kaepernick and his features

In a dual image photo posted by a Twitter user on Sunday, the officer - alleged to be Antonio Gutierrez - wears a prosthetic nose, an afro and dons a red shirt with '49ers' on it and the number seven. He also sports a sign that reads 'Will stand for food'

In a dual image photo posted by a Twitter user on Sunday, the officer – alleged to be Antonio Gutierrez – wears a prosthetic nose, an afro and dons a red shirt with ’49ers’ on it and the number seven. He also sports a sign that reads ‘Will stand for food’

‘Hey @unevadareno! one of your officers, Antonio Gutierrez, decided to go as a racist portrayal of #Kaep last night. this isn’t ok,’ said the original poster of the side-by-side photos. They had found the incriminating photo traversing through social media. 

‘The fact that everyone in these comments that’s saying it’s not offensive is white…making my blood boil man. Y’all have no idea,’ said one user. 

Another posted a photo of the police officer with a man holding an AllLivesMatter sign – often used with racist connotations – and added: ‘This is the real man behind the costume #alllivesmatter.’ 

‘Is this real? It can’t be,’ added another user. 

One just simply posted a meme that said ‘the caucasity’  

'The fact that everyone in these comments that¿s saying it¿s not offensive is white...making my blood boil man. Y¿all have no idea,' said one user

‘The fact that everyone in these comments that’s saying it’s not offensive is white…making my blood boil man. Y’all have no idea,’ said one user

Another posted a photo of the police officer with a man holding an AllLivesMatter sign - often used with racist connotations - and added: 'This is the real man behind the costume #alllivesmatter'

Another posted a photo of the police officer with a man holding an AllLivesMatter sign – often used with racist connotations – and added: ‘This is the real man behind the costume #alllivesmatter’

'Is this real? It can't be,' added another user

‘Is this real? It can’t be,’ added another user

One just simply posted a meme that said 'the caucasity'

One just simply posted a meme that said ‘the caucasity’

But there were some of those that were in support of the costume, claiming that there was no blackface so there was no racist intent. Blackface, however, does not just include actually wearing ‘darker skin’ but can also include body modifications to look ‘blacker’ i.e. an exaggerated nose.

‘You are WAY too soft!!!! Get some thicker skins and grow up,’ said one user. 

It was a sentiment shared by another who added: ‘Over sensitive much? Get over it already this costume is hilarious!’ 

'You are WAY too soft!!!! Get some thicker skins and grow up,' said one user

‘You are WAY too soft!!!! Get some thicker skins and grow up,’ said one user

It was a sentiment shared by another who added: 'Over sensitive much? Get over it already this costume is hilarious!'

It was a sentiment shared by another who added: ‘Over sensitive much? Get over it already this costume is hilarious!’

Police Chief Adam Garcia apologized for the image on Sunday after the slew of Twitter comments on the photo. 

‘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,’ Garcia said in a statement. 

He would not confirm if the man pictured in the costume was Gutierrez. 

‘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.’ 

Keri Garcia, a spokeswoman for UNR, did assert that the officer would not be punished for his actions.

‘As insensitive and inappropriate as this is, we have no policy that would dictate any disciplinary action,’ she said to New York Daily News. 

Kaepernick was the two-time Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year when he attended the school until 2010

Kaepernick was the two-time Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year when he attended the school until 2010

The football player threw 82 touchdowns throughout his four seasons at the school, throwing 10,098 yards

The football player threw 82 touchdowns throughout his four seasons at the school, throwing 10,098 yards

Additional irony for the whole incident is the history Kaepernick has as the two-time Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year when he attended the school until 2010. 

The football player threw 82 touchdowns throughout his four seasons at the school, throwing 10,098 yards. 

He was signed with the 49ers soon afterwards and would eventually spark a vast movement when he kneeled during the national anthem last year to protest police brutality. 

While he has not commented on the costume, Kaepernick was spotted with Olympian Lolo Jones at a gym in Manhattan today.

While he has not commented on the costume, Kaepernick was spotted with Olympian Lolo Jones at a gym in Manhattan today

While he has not commented on the costume, Kaepernick was spotted with Olympian Lolo Jones at a gym in Manhattan today

 

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