Rhode Island city Council, boycotted Nike backtracks after backlash

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National Association of Police Organizations President Michael McHale leads the charge against Nike after the clothing giant to mark the decision, Colin Kaepernick.

A Rhode Island city Council last week approved a non-binding resolution calling for a boycott of Nike products about the Colin Kaepernick ads has reversed its decision after a large game room.

The five members of the North Smithfield Town Council meeting, unanimously, the resignation of the resolution Monday night – just a few days after it was passed, 3-2.

Council President John Beauregard, a former state trooper excited with Nike use of the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback in a campaign, had pushed for the resolution that asked the city departments, the purchase of the company’s products.

He said he proposed taking the attitude that because he feels Kaepernick was disrespectful to the police. He said, it is a question of kneeling during the anthem.

According to the decision, The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, said the city could be held legally and financially liable for the violation of the First Amendment.

“By attacking the right to protest peacefully and to recognize, refuse, of the racial injustice calls, the resolution shows a contempt for freedom and equality,” the statement said. “Rhode Island is better than this.”

Beauregard apologized on Monday for the attention the matter brought to the city.

He said his opinion of Nike and Kaepernick has not changed, but he has made a mistake by he on asks the Council to adopt a formal position.

The North Springfield resolution was followed by the suburb of a similar Directive by the mayor of New Orleans. Kenner mayor Ben Zahn, a Republican, had been a memo issued saying that Nike products are not purchased for the use of city recreation facilities.

It is also necessary to approve the parks and recreation Director athletic purchases by booster clubs with the facilities. The order prompted a protest that, among other things, three members of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints and hundreds of others.

He is also back on the memo, following advice from the lawyer.

Kaepernick began, kneeling during the national anthem to protest in 2016, police violence and social injustice.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Lucia I. Suarez Sang, a Reporter for You can follow her on Twitter @Lucia Suarez sang

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