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Mr. Mark Parker
Chairman, President and CEO
Nike World Headquarters
One Bowerman Drive
Beaverton, Oregon 97005

Re: Colin Kaepernick and Nike's ''Just Do It'' Campaign

Dear Chairman Parker,

On behalf of the more than 241,000 law enforcement officers represented by our Association across the country, I write to you to condemn in the strongest possible terms your selection of Colin Kaepernick for Nike's ''Just Do It'' ad campaign. Mr. Kaepernick is known, not as a successful athlete, but as a shallow dilettante seeking to gain notoriety by disrespecting the flag for which so many Americans have fought and died.

The inclusion of Mr. Kaepernick in Nike's ''Just Do It" ad campaign also perpetuates the falsehood that police are racist and aiming to use force against African Americans and persons of color. In reality, officers across the nation risk their lives not only protecting the athletes featured in Nike's various campaigns, but also serve aspiring athletes across the country who use the Nike brand, through the thousands of Police Athletic Leagues, Boys and Girls Clubs and Big Brother/Big Sister programs where our officers donate their time and energy. They deserve to have the respect and full support of corporate citizens like Nike.

Adding to the insult is the image of Mr. Kaepernick from the campaign featuring the quote ''Believe in something. Even if it means sacrificing everything.'' The fact that Mr. Kaepernick is no longer a starting NFL player does not equate to him being someone who has ''sacrificed everything''. To truly understand what it means to ''believe in something'' and ''sacrifice everything'', you should look to Arlington National Cemetery, or to the National Law Enforcement Officers' Memorial in Washington, D.C., or to the trauma unit of a military hospital. The brave men and women of every race and color buried there, memorialized there, healing there, believed in this nation and our flag and exemplify the true meaning of ''sacrifice''.

In featuring Mr. Kaepernick in the ''Just Do It'' campaign, Nike grossly insults the men and women who really do make sacrifices for the sake of our nation. We are calling on all our member officers, their families and friends to join in boycotting all Nike products.

Sincerely,

Michael McHale
President

View Official Letter Here

Dear Commissioner Goodell,

Your league is at it again. On behalf of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO), I am writing to you to condemn in the strongest possible terms the continuing disrespect for American police officers evinced by many of the NFL’s players.

NAPO is a coalition of police unions and associations from across the United States that serves to advance the interests of America’s law enforcement through legislative and legal advocacy, political action, and education. Founded in 1978, NAPO now represents more than 1,000 police units and associations, 241,000 sworn law enforcement officers, and more than 100,000 citizens who share a common dedication to fair and effective crime control and law enforcement.

Despite assurances from the league and its representatives over the off-season, the first full week of pre-season games shows only a return to the same shenanigans on the field. At the same time that U.S. police line of duty deaths are up from last year, and while the men and women of our nation’s armed services continue to pay with their own blood to defend each one of us, your league’s employees publicly disrespect our flag, our national anthem, our veterans, and our police.

Your inaction in the face of blatant flouting of the norms of our nation, and your league’s own rules, has, unfortunately, come to be expected. Whether it was Beyoncé’s Super Bowl half-time performance celebrating cop-killers, or Isaiah Crowell’s Instagram image of an assailant slitting the throat of a police officer, you willfully turn a blind eye. How ironic that your league’s own logo deliberately calls to mind the American flag, with its red, white and blue coloring and background of white stars on a field of blue. America’s law enforcement officers and their families only wish you had the integrity to defend our nation’s flag as vigorously as you defend your company’s own logo.

But once again, there has been no response from you or the NFL. It is shameful that you have yet again sat silent while members of your organization abuse our nation’s defenders.

Sincerely,
William J. Johnson
Executive Director

View Official Letter Here

Attention Members:

Yes, we are currently in the planning stages of a response to assist our brother and sister officers devastated by Hurricane Harvey in South Texas. Through our Texas members of the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) we have been kept updated throughout each day since the initial landfall. Since a vast majority of Texas remains unaffected by the storm the response and resources from Law Enforcement throughout Texas has been outstanding. But yes, we will be responding also when we have a clear picture of exactly what they will need. Right now, the law enforcement families that have been displaced need money and the quickest way to help is through the NAPO Relief Fund. I will personally assure you that 100% of any money donated will go to affected law enforcement members and their families. In the meantime keep them in your thoughts and prayers, especially HERO Sgt. Steve Perez who went to work Tuesday telling his wife “we got work to do”.

NAPO Relief Fund Letter

NAPO endorses the nomination of Senator Sessions to be the next United States Attorney General and stands ready to help his nomination in any way necessary. Senator Sessions has been a leading voice for law enforcement on many issues facing our community and has been strongly supportive of many of our legislative priorities. We look forward to working with him
in his new position as the nation’s “Top Cop.”

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Please read the National Association of Police Organization's (NAPO) letter to condemn in the strongest possible terms the anti-police painting hung in a hallway in our nation’s Capitol.

View NAPO Letter Here

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