A police officer working for the University of Nevada, Reno is catching flack after he wore a racist costume mocking Colin Kaepernick and his features.
In a dual image photo posted by a Twitter user on Sunday, the officer – alleged to be Antonio Gutierrez – wears a prosthetic nose, an afro and dons a red shirt with ’49ers’ on it and the number seven.
He also sports a sign that reads ‘Will stand for food’ seemingly ignoring the reasons Kaepernick and NFL players have been taking a knee.
The irony of a supposed police officer making fun of a black man who is protesting about police brutality against people of color and specifically black people did not go unnoticed either.
UNR Police Chief Adam Garcia apologized Sunday after an image depicting one of his officers wearing an inappropriate costume mocking Colin Kaepernick circulated on Twitter.
The dual image shows a UNR police officer on the right and a photo of what appears to be the same man dressed in a wig, fake nose and painted beard on the left. The man is also wearing a red shirt with the words “49ers” and the number “7” taped on, as well as a sign that reads, “Will stand for food.”
“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 said in a statement.
“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.”
The Twitter user who posted the image referred to the police officer as Antonio Gutierrez — a fact that Garcia did not confirm nor deny in his statement.
Attempts by the Daily News to reach Gutierrez for comment were unsuccessful.
UNR spokeswoman Kerri Garcia told the Reno Gazette-Journal despite the “insensitive” nature of the incident, the officer in question will not be punished.