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The SFPOA closed its office, but that did not deter demonstrators. They're protesting a letter the association sent to the president of the San Francisco 49ers and the commissioner in response to Kap's comments in which he said, "Cops are getting paid leave for killing people, that's not right."
The officers association called the remarks foolish and asked the team and league leadership for an apology and denunciation of the quarterback's comments.
"This letter to Colin Kaepernick is just the perfect example of how they try to blind people to the reality and to attack their critics," said Alan Schlosser with the ACLU during Wednesday's rally.
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This rally was sponsored by the Justice for Mario Woods Coalition. Woods was the man fatally shot by San Francisco officers last December, sparking demonstrations and a lawsuit. John Burris is the family's attorney.
"The POA didn't want to hear the message," he said during the demonstration. "They want to kill the messenger."
Across the bay, the Alameda County Sheriff's Office also reached out to Kap after hearing the quarterback say, "You can become a cop in six months and don't have to have the same training as a cosmetologist, that's insane."
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And untrue, according to Sgt. J.D. Nelson, who helped write a letter to the football player that has had almost 1 million hits on the department's Facebook page. It cordially invites Kaepernick to their training center.
"We felt pretty strongly that if he came out and saw exactly what we did he might have a change of heart," said Nelson.
The SFPOA has also invited Kaepernick to the SFPD Academy. There was no response from the union to Wednesday's demonstration.
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SFPOA is normally open but closed during anti-police brutality protest. Demonstrators support 49er Kaepernick, pic.twitter.com/VvZnI1t2u7— carolyn tyler (@ctylerabc7) August 31, 2016