A photo began circulating on social media Sunday that showed a university police officer dressed in a f*cked up iteration of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
In the photo, the officer is dressed in an Afro wig, a painted on beard, a fake hooked nose, and a sign that says, “Will stand for food.” While the University of Nevada at Reno (UNR) agrees that the incident was messed up, no action will be taken.
“As insensitive and inappropriate as this is, we have no policy that will dictate any disciplinary action,” said UNR spokesperson Kerri Garcia.
However, University of Nevada, Reno Police Chief Adam Garcia has apologized for the costume.
“For those who have seen the Halloween costume of one of our officers apparently mocking a citizen who has chosen to take advantage of his constitutional right to protest, I offer my sincere apologies,” Garcia told the Reno Gazette Journal. “Members of our profession are held to a higher standard and denigrating another—on or off duty—is insensitive for its lack of respect and lack of understanding on how others may negatively view their actions and may be impacted.”
Garcia also commented that in order to regain the trust of the students, particularly students of color, training, education, and conversation would be made a priority.