Half of the Florida police officers who normally work NFL security this past Sunday stayed home in response to Miami Dolphins players kneeling during the national anthem.
Florida law enforcement, upset about the NFL controversy where players kneel during the national anthem responded by reducing the volunteer security at the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets game, the Miami Herald reported Sunday.
As of last weekend, the number of officers who volunteered was 175. Typical Dolphins games have about 400 officers working security.
Dade County Police Benevolent Association President John Rivera said the number of officers would be less than “ideal” for Sunday’s game at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.
“This whole movement started against police officers,” Rivera said. “And now it’s morphed into disrespecting the flag and the country.”
Rivera said this issue could linger through the remaining home games of the season, but he also added that