Miami Police Union Chief Uses Vegas Mass Shooting to Slam NFL Protests

Javier Ortiz during an arrest in Coconut Grove in 2010.

America is reeling this morning from the worst mass shooting in the nation’s history. At least 400 people were wounded and 50 killed in Las Vegas when 64-year-old Stephen Paddock opened fire with at least ten rifles from the 32nd floor of a hotel onto a concert crowd below.

Paddock’s motives are still a mystery — but that didn’t stop Miami’s police union chief from hopping online as the tragedy was unfolding to somehow try to tie the horrific mass killing to the ongoing, peaceful National Anthem protests by NFL players.

Lt. Javier Ortiz, the head of Miami’s Fraternal Order of Police, took to Twitter at 6:30 a.m. to bang out a post linking images of Vegas cops responding to the shooting to NFL players taking a knee during the anthem at a recent game:

New Times asked Ortiz to be more specific about how he saw a connection between a maniac gunning down hundreds of concertgoers in Las Vegas and NFL players taking a peaceful stand against racial injustice.

“While NFL players express a false perception of police officers by inciting hate and division by disrespecting the U.S. flag, the reality is law enforcement risks their lives every day for America,” Ortiz said in a text message.

It seems clear Ortiz hasn’t bothered to read up on what the football protests are actually about. And lest Fox News or Breitbart convinced him the players are “disrespecting” the flag and anthem out of some vague hatred for cops, the players have explicitly stated what their protest stands for in a letter sent to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last month.

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