Cop Unions, What Are They Good For?

Colin Kaepernick.

Colin Kaepernick.

Actually, that should be: Cop Unions, What in the Fuck Are They Good For? It would appear that they simply sit around, twiddling their thumbs until someone manages to hurt their collective feelings. “Woe is us” goes the shout, whereupon they start acting like tiny aggrieved children on the brink of a tantrum. They moan. They whine. They spill crocodile tears. They extort.

I’m not one to be terribly surprised by cop behaviour, but I’ll admit to surprise with the blatant move into extortion by cop unions over the tiniest hint that they might not be earth’s mightiest heroes. No, cops, you are not earth’s mightiest heroes. In this particular case, you aren’t San Francisco’s mightiest heroes, either. You might make the cut for San Francisco’s mightiest villains, if that makes you feel better. The SFPD has been exposed as corrupt, and racist as all hells. So, no one at all will be shocked that the SF cop union is issuing threats along with their extortion. (You can read the full letter here, scroll down.)

The union representing Santa Clara police threatened on Friday to boycott San Francisco 49ers games because of Colin Kaepernick’s protest against police brutality, KNTV-TV reported.

“The board of directors of the Santa Clara Police Officer’s Association has a duty to protect its members and work to make all of their workings environments free of harassing behavior,” the group said in a letter to the team, which plays its home games in that city.

If the team does not take action against the quarterback, the letter stated, “It could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities.”

So, now it’s harassment and a hostile work environment if one person sits during the anthem, or wears socks cops don’t like. Wow. Who knew a gigantic sportsball stadium could turn completely hostile by the actions of one person in a crowd of, what, thousands? Seems to me that private security could be hired for as much, or possibly less, than cops. Or, perhaps cops who don’t want to work the stadium don’t have to, and those who want to work can do so. Oh, but that would end up with the working cops being subjected to an actual hostile work environment, wouldn’t it? I sincerely hope the cops are given a polite fuck off, with private security hired, so they can go back to twiddling their thumbs while writing racist texts to one another, often about their own co-workers:

However, Kaepernick also took note of the findings regarding San Francisco officers’ tendency to send one another racist text messages. A panel of three judges also determined that the department showed “institutionalized bias” against communities of color.

“The SFPD has had a lot of issues,” Kaepernick said on Thursday, adding that the officers in question were “not only talking about the community, but talking about colleagues that work in the same department.”

Via KNTV and Raw Story.


  1. says

    “It could result in police officers choosing not to work at your facilities.”

    As in “Nice sportsball stadium you have here. Shame if it had a fire.”

    Why do these assholes still have jobs?

  2. blf says

    Pedantic point: Santa Clara ≠ San Francisco.
    This does not mean the “police” in either place are not authoritarian goons.

  3. says

    If only people were as worried about gang tattoos among cop gang members as they are about Kaepernick’s tattoos (which are not gang related). In Philadelphia, an investigation has begun into a cop who has a neo-nazi tattoo…but only because it was publicly visible and reported in the media. Every cop in the same precinct as the slime knew about his tattoo, and none of them did anything, neither reporting it nor complaining. Complicity by silence.

    And as I read elsewhere, if only rich white men were as worried about rape as they are about one black man not standing for an atonal song before sports events. Some NFL owners are openly threatening not to employ Kaepernick if he is released…but employing convicted criminals like Greg Hardy and Michael Vick is perfectly okay.

    Kapernick has been wearing some interesting socks.

  4. sambarge says

    …Santa Clara Police Officer’s Association

    Police officers don’t belong to unions. They have associations but no unions because cops are used to break up picket lines of actual union members.

    I appreciate that union-bashing is more fun than ‘association-bashing’ and nuance is often lost when constructing a headline but accuracy matters.

    Unions are democratic institutions that fight for the working class and give power and a voice to those who have neither. Don’t class these yobbos as unionists. They are the brutes in the pocket of the employer and the oppressor.

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