Muslim Chief of Police Under Fire For Refusing to Salute Flag During Pledge of Allegiance
As Dom the Conservative reported:
Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz was livid after he witnessed assistant chief of police Anita Najiy disrespecting the American flag as she refused to put her hand over her heart during the pledge of allegiance.
“If you’re not pledging allegiance to the United States, my question is what country are you pledging allegiance to?” Ortiz told the Miami New Times. “Anyone who isn’t offended by that is not American, because when you become a U.S. citizen, you pledge allegiance to the U.S.”
Ortiz claims that Najiy failed to display the proper courtesy and etiquette that “must be exercised when wearing a law enforcement uniform.”
Outraged by Najiy’s action, Ortiz sent a letter to Chief Rodolfo Llanes suggesting appropriate discipline, including her removal from a commander position. He adds that he believes Najiy’s behavior might be because of her religious affiliation, which is Islam.
While Ortiz says that he doesn’t care what her beliefs are, he is upset at her behavior.
“The flag is a symbol of our country,” Ortiz continued. “What is the difference if I decide to light a U.S. flag on fire in a police uniform?” he said, stating that any form of disrespect towards the flag while in uniform should not be tolerated.
According to the department’s code of conduct, reprimand is in order for officers who do not salute the flag. A spokesperson for the Miami Police Department has assured that the matter is “currently under review.”
The video brings to mind another prominent figure who also refused to salute our flag during a pledge ceremony
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