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Mayor Defends Chicago Cops who Knelt, Raised Fists with Activist

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has made no secret of his belief that the Chicago Police Department needs to be reformed and follow the rules, particularly in the area of white police officers and their interactions with young black men.

This past week, however, Emanuel seemed to demur about further action against two black uniformed Chicago officers who posed for raised-fist pictures with a community activist while kneeling in their police station.

The pictures earned them a reprimand.

“They were somewhat betwixt, between two different aspirations,” Emanuel said Tuesday.

Chicago activist Aleta Clark posted the image of herself between the two officers, all with fists raised, to her Instagram account.

“That Moment when you walk into the police station and ask the Men of Color are they Against Police Brutality and Racism & they say Yes… then you ask them if they support Colin Kapernick … and they also say yes… then you ask them to Kneel!” she captioned the picture.

In a companion video, Clark said “European” officers refused to join her in kneeling.

“Not surprisingly, not one would kneel,” she said.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the department was taking action against the officers in the photo.

“We are aware of the photo, and we will address it in the same way we have handled previous incidents in which officers have made political statements while in uniform, with a reprimand and a reminder of department policies,” Guglielimi said.

One commentator said the officers got what they deserved.

“So, these officers will end up with reprimands in their employment jacket. Deservedly so. After all, they are taking a knee to protest their own department and their own fellow officers!” wrote Warner Todd Huston on Young Conservatives.