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.

William J. Johnson
Executive Director

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Re: NFL’s support of cop-killing “entertainment”

Dear Commissioner Goodell,

On behalf of the more than 240,000 law enforcement officers represented by our Association, including officers in a sizable majority of the cities represented by the League’s teams, I write to you to condemn in the strongest possible terms your support of cop-killer “entertainment”. Last night’s half-time performance by Beyoncé Knowles-Carter hit an all-time low, even for a League that already
turned a blind eye to its players perpetuating the “hands up, don’t shoot” blood libel on American police.

Last night, your League made the jump from slandering police as killers, to celebrating cop-killers themselves. Your Black Panther themed half-time show was an obnoxious spectacle of ignorance and malice. You’ve done your part to make trendy and acceptable the symbols of kidnapping and murder of American police officers. The black berets and high-fisted salutes were a deliberate tribute to the likes of cop-killers H. Rap Brown, Joanne Chesimard and Wesley Cook.

Ms. Knowles-Carter, whose resume includes such all-American items as private performance for the late Libyan dictator Muammar el-Qaddafi’s family, can’t pretend that her act wasn’t deliberately designed to glamorize attacks on police. But what about the NFL? On the same night that hundreds of officers gave up their evenings with their own families to protect you and your players and fans, you honor them by promoting song and dance celebrating cop-killers. Any player who displayed such
lunacy and lack of touch with reality would be prohibited from returning to the field under your League’s own brain injury policy. You should do the same and either publicly apologize to America’s men and women in law enforcement, or step aside in favor of someone who can recognize just how much your League and teams owe to the rule of law in this country.

Michael McHale

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