ANTHEM PROTESTS: National Fraternal Order of Police issues statement
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WBFF) - The national Fraternal Order of Police called on the NFL Friday to sit down to "deescalate violence and rhetoric," referring to recent national anthem protests.
Chuck Canterbury, president of the Grand Lodge FOP, said in a statement that, "as private citizens - and as the Fraternal Order of Police... it's our right to disagree with white supremacists spewing hatred and NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem alike."
"We also reserve our right to push back against false accusations made about our profession," he continued. "Law enforcement officers seek to protect our communities and we categorically state that there is no systemic racism in law enforcement."
He went on to agree with some statements by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers and said he would welcome the chance to work with the NFL in the future.