Published On: Tue, Oct 25th, 2016

ACLU objects to Connecticut high school honoring police and military

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) spoke out against a special ceremony held prior to the Middletown South high school football game that honored the men and women in uniform, claiming that there is “systemic racism.”

“Communities across New Jersey often recognize the contributions of law enforcement, the armed forces, and first responders, but these events should not have the effect of intimidating people who hold views on systemic racism and social justice,” says ACLU-NJ Policy Counsel Dianna Houenou in the letter sent prior to the event.

photo Beverly & Pack

photo Beverly & Pack

Houenou’s statement continued, “It is a disservice to students and players that an event that should focus on them, their families, and their communities is being used to send a message that people who express concerns about disparities in the criminal justice system are unwelcome, disloyal or unpatriotic.”

The players in Monmouth County chose to hold an event honoring police and military to contrast with the NFL players and celebrities refusing to stand during the national anthem.

Over 100 officers from local police departments, military personnel and first responders took to the field. The Port Authority bagpipe and drum band played and there was a flyover by the New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit after the national anthem.

Event organizers say they welcomed everyone to attend the ceremony, no matter what their views on the issue are.

“I respect everyone’s right to take a knee but I also respect the county,” says Middletown Police Lt. Steven Dollinger. “My grandfather was in World War II, my father Air Force and I respect their right to celebrate.


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