ACLU CONDEMNS HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL CEREMONY HONORING COPS, MILITARY, FIRST RESPONDERS: FRIGHTENING MESSAGE

Posted on October 24, 2016

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NJ.com: “A ceremony honoring law enforcement, military and first responders before a high school football game Friday night drew criticism from the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey because of an underlying “frightening message.” The ceremony was held before a highly-anticipated Shore Conference clash between two topped ranked teams in the state, Middletown South and Toms River North.”

The ceremony, organized by Middletown police Deputy Chief Stephen Dollinger, featured State Police Pipes and Drums of the Blue and Gold, state and local mounted units, military personnel from all branches of service and officers from surrounding police departments and sheriff’s units.
It also honored the Linden police officer who was wounded in a shootout with Ahmad Khan Rahimi, who is accused of bombings in Seaside Park, Elizabeth and New York City.
Dollinger told the Asbury Park Press before the event that the ceremony was also meant to respond to pro athletes who have taken a knee during pre-game performances of the national anthem, most notably by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick
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The ACLU responded: “…the event appeared to honor police officers, veterans, service members, and first responders… however, the event is being used to intimidate and ostracize people who express their views about systemic racism and social just.”

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NJ.com: Ceremony honoring police before HS game sends ‘frightening message,’ ACLU says

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