Letters to the Editor

Hattervig letter: Kaepernick and justice

Colin Kaepernick’s actions were disrespectful to all Americans, especially our military who deserve our respect. I had a friend put Kaepernick in perspective, though.

My friend Juan is one of the most well-known and beloved members of the tennis community in Boise. He is short and has a dark complexion. Juan told us while riding his bicycle he was stopped by three policemen who treated him in a threatening manner and then followed him home. The police were responding to a report of a “suspicious character riding a bicycle.”

Juan says this stop is not an isolated incident. Anyone who knows Juan knows this short, happy, lovable person is no threat to police or anyone else.

Colin Kaepernick’s actions were disrespectful but he is bringing attention to an issue all Americans need to take seriously — even those of us in very white Idaho. Is it a crime to ride a bicycle while black?

Leaders in our communities need to bring awareness to this issue and citizens need to consider behavior when reporting “suspicious characters” to police. I appreciate our police who have a challenging job dealing with a diverse population. Everyone deserves respect and the presumption of innocence.

Eldon Hattervig, Garden City