Brother and Sister PBA members:
As you are no doubt aware, a number of NFL players continue to protest the National Anthem as a statement about “police brutality” in the United States. Sadly, their actions malign not only the entire law enforcement community but it insults the veterans of our Armed Forces who bravely and selflessly protect our nation. The NFL has encouraged the myth of systemic police brutality by failing to act against this inappropriate behavior.
Days ago the Broward County PBA called for a boycott of the Miami Dolphins after several of their players knelt during the National Anthem at their opening preseason game. Broward County PBA called upon PBA members in Florida to join their protest. It is our intention that the NJ State PBA should respect the wishes of our fellow PBA members in Florida.
Therefore, the NJ State PBA is cancelling our trip to see the Dolphins-Raiders game on September 23rd during the 2018 Annual Convention in Boca Raton. Any State PBA member who purchased a ticket for the game as a part of our outing will be reimbursed for their purchase.
We simply must take a stand for our profession and for the truth. We shall not reward millionaire pro athletes who choose to disrespect us and our nation by spending our hard earned pay on tickets and food that go to line their pockets. Police work is dangerous and our members rarely acknowledged for a lifetime of sacrifices. Until the NFL respects our sacrifices, we will not encourage our members to make them all wealthier playing a game.