If the police union was looking for a way to prove Kaepernick’s point about the police, well, they succeeded. Kaepernick is arguing that police will abuse their power against a black man, immediately revert to force and threat to keep him down. And the Santa Clara police union is essentially saying he better shut up about that, or else.
Kaepernick is under no obligation to stand. He’s also hardly the first person to use a sports platform along with his First Amendment rights to make a point. “Tebowing,” anyone? Yet, the police do have a solemn obligation under the United States Constitution to provide the security that guarantees the Constitutional rights of all the tens of thousands of people in a football stadium if that is where they are deployed