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NFL stadium worker strips off shirt and walks off job to protest Bills players kneeling for anthem

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A longtime stadium employee stripped off his NFL gear Sunday and quit in disgust when several Buffalo Bills players took a knee during the National Anthem.

Erich Nikischer protested the demonstration by walking off the job he’s held for 30 years at New Era Field, reported WGRZ-TV.

“I waited until the National Anthem ended, I took off my shirt, threw my Bills hat on the ground (and) walked out,” Nikischer told the TV station.

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Several players declined to participate in “The Star-Spangled Banner” last season to protest police brutality, but the demonstrations took on a new dimension this weekend after President Donald Trump threatened their free speech rights and livelihood.

“I can’t stand and support something where our leader of this country is just acting like a jerk,” said Bills running back LeSean McCoy after the game.

Nikischer, of West Seneca, said he didn’t mind if players protested before the anthem was played — but he was angered by their demonstrations during the song.

“The song that is about our country, our veterans that fight and die for us, it’s just something I feel you shouldn’t disrespect that way,” he said. “I believe people have the right to protest — I just don’t believe that’s the proper venue for it.”

The station didn’t report whether Nikischer described a more fitting venue for players to make political statements, but he plans to engage in his own protest until players stop kneeling before games.

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“I will never step foot in that place again, I will never watch an NFL football game again until this ends,” Nikischer said.


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60 million Americans live in states where the US military is monitoring protests: report

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The United States military is monitoring anti-police violence protests in multiple states according to a new report.

Defense Department documents obtained by The Nation show the Pentagon is monitoring protests in at least seven states.

"In addition to Minnesota, where a Minneapolis police officer killed George Floyd, the military is tracking uprisings in New York, Ohio, Colorado, Arizona, Tennessee, and Kentucky, according to a Defense Department situation report," reporter Ken Klippenstein revealed. "Notably, only Minnesota has requested National Guard support."

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Mayors rush to impose curfews as civil unrest rocks cities from coast-to-coast

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Minneapolis was the first to impose curfews designed to prevent protests of police violence after Mayor Jacob Frey imposed a curfew on Friday.

On Saturday other cities followed suit, with Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan imposing a curfew set to start only 14 minutes after her announcement.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti has issued a curfew for downtown LA.

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Protesters give Donald Trump a one-finger salute as Marine One flies over DC protests

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President Donald Trump returned to Washington, DC on Saturday as large crowds of protesters fill the city's streets.

Trump had flown to Florida to see the launch of the SpaceX Starship and returned as the sun was going down.

BuzzFeed News reporter Ellie Hall captured a picture of Marine One approaching the White House -- and being welcomed back to town with raised middle fingers.

Trump, in Marine One, just did a flyover of the protest area outside the White House.

Protesters flipped off the president’s helicopter.#dcprotest #MAGANIGHT #GeorgeFloydProtests pic.twitter.com/EMgCaOof1J

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