The Mississippi State Police, have announced that they will no longer do business with sportswear giant Nike. Citing the company’s hiring of former NFL player and activist, Colin Kaepernick.
According to the agency’s public safety commissioner, Marshall Fisher, the state police will no longer spend money with “vendors who do not support law enforcement and our military,” WREG TV reported on Saturday.
The Magnolia State’s Republican governor, Phil Bryant, said he fully supports the decision announced by the state police.
“I support the commissioner’s decision,” Gov. Bryant said in a statement adding that he feels the police have every right to choose with whom they will do business, “and it’s not going to be a company that pays an individual who has slandered our fine men and women in law enforcement.”
However, the Mississippi American Civil Liberties Union was quick to condemn the move.
“These are the people that are representing all Mississippians,” the ACLU said of the police department’s decision. “These are the people that are creating policy that impact all of our lives. These are the people that took an oath to uphold the Constitution. Yet they refuse to understand what equality, justice, and accountability means. This petty decision is just another show of racism, discrimination, stupidity, inequity, and divisive politics.”
These are the people that are representing all Mississippians. These are the people that are creating policy that impact all of our lives. These are the people that took an oath to uphold the Constitution. (1/2) https://t.co/FYeXnfYorF
— ACLU of Mississippi (@ACLU_MS) September 15, 2018
But Kaepernick, who is also the NFL’s original anthem protester, has been outspoken about his attacks on police. In fact, during a practice session in 2016 when he was still a player for the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick wore socks that depicted all police a “pigs.”
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