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Resolution Reached: Browns players, Cleveland police to hold flag together at game

Nearly a dozen Browns players knelt in a circle and prayed in silent protest during the anthem before a preseason home game August 21. (Source: WOIO) Nearly a dozen Browns players knelt in a circle and prayed in silent protest during the anthem before a preseason home game August 21. (Source: WOIO)
CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) -

The Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Police Department have come to an agreement regarding the recent National Anthem controversy.

Browns management and players have extended an invitation to CPD asking them to join them Sunday for the singing of the National Anthem and hold the flag together as a sign of unity before the Pittsburgh Steelers game. 

Several officers liked the idea and accepted. At least 20 police officers are expected to take part in the show of solidarity, unity and respect.

The Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association released a statement that said, "Once again Cleveland has risen above the fray and has demonstrated that respectful communication is the key to resolving any problem. We can always accomplish much more good by standing, communicating and working together than we ever will by standing apart. Please join us on Sunday to help build trust and cooperation between the Cleveland Safety Forces, the Cleveland Browns organization and players and more importantly, the great citizens of the City of Cleveland." 

Members of the African American Law Enforcement Retiree Association say players have a right to kneel and they volunteered to hold the flag during Sunday's game, in light of all the controversy.

"We as law enforcement officers have a duty and a responsibility to protect our citizens as they exercise their constitutional rights. You get people that burn the flag, we don't like that but we even as police officers, we had to protect the people that burned the flag," said Marvin Cross, a retired Cleveland Police commander.

It's remain unclear if other Browns players will still kneel.

Nearly a dozen Browns players kneeled in a circle and prayed in silent protest during the anthem before a preseason home game August 21. Their actions upset the Cleveland Police Patrolmen's Association and the union responded by saying they would no longer hold the flag during Browns home games.

The Department of Public Safety has released a statement on the Browns Hope Opener:

“On Thursday, September 7, 2017, members of the City of Cleveland, Department of Public Safety met with members and players of the Cleveland Browns Organization to discuss the ongoing partnership between the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Browns Organization,” said Director of Safety Michael McGrath. “The City of Cleveland Divisions of Police, Fire and EMS have been and continue to be highly supportive of our athletes and those within the Browns Organization, participating in community events together throughout the year.  Our safety forces will participate in on-field pregame ceremonies for opening day this Sunday, September 10, 2017 with the Browns athletes.”

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