UNR Police Chief Apologizes for Racist Colin Kaepernick Costume [PHOTO]
The Police Chief of the University of the University of Nevada, Reno has apologized after a photo surfaced of one of his officers was dressed in a racist Colin Kaepernick outfit at a Halloween party.
The campus cop, who has been identified as Antonio Gutierrez, wore a mock Kaepernick jersey, an afro wig, painted-on beard, a false nose and a sign that reads, “Will Stand for Food.”
On Sunday night, Adam Garcia released the following statement on the university’s website (via reno gazette journal):
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. 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.
I have heard from many members of our community over the past few weeks that they feel unsafe on campus because of our current social and political climate. Behavior such as this magnifies unsafe feelings and lack of trust in police, especially when that individual is responsible for the safety of all members of the University, regardless of color, ethnicity, sexual orientation or religion. At a time when officers should be heightened in their attentiveness to perception by our community, this act seems extremely out of touch with those sentiments and reflects poorly on all of us.
To regain the trust of our students, and in particular those of color, will be a challenge and will be a priority through continued education, training and conversation.
There’s no official word on whether Antonio Gutierrez will face any disciplinary action for his offensive costume.
Kaepernick was a standout quarterback at UNR from 2007 to 2010 before he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers. Check out the way to properly do Kaepernick below.