ACLU: Honoring First Responders Before Middletown Football Game Sends ‘Frightening Message’

Middletown police helped organize an event to show support for first responders and military personnel, but the ACLU said that the event was scary.

Middletown police helped organize an event to show support for first responders and military personnel, but the ACLU said that the event was scary.

ACLU: Honoring First Responders Before MIddletown Football Game Sends ‘Frightening Message’

Middletown, NJ – The ACLU is harshly criticizing a high school football game ceremony honoring police, firefighters, and military service members, saying that the event sends a “frightening message.”

Middletown Police Department Deputy Chief Stephen Dollinger helped organize the “Salute to the USA” event before Friday night’s game. The event was described by the police department before the game:

The ceremony will entail color guards from dozens of law enforcement agencies and military posts throughout the state as well as pipe and drum bands from the Port Authority Police, New Jersey State Police, Monmouth and Ocean Counties Emeralds Societies, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians leading a large contingency of police, military, veterans, first responders and football players on to the field. A large American flag will be unfolded and held by uniformed personnel and football players from each team. The bands will play God Bless America and Amazing Grace. The National Anthem will then be sung by a Port Authority Police Officer and a student from each school. The New Jersey State Police Aviation Unit will conduct a flyover at the conclusion of the National Anthem. The NJSP and Middletown Mounted Units will participate as well as the Middletown Police K-9 Unit.

While discussing the event with the media, DC Dollinger made a statement that social justice warriors are using to paint the event in a negative light.

“It’s OK to stand up for social justice, inequality and reform,” DC Dollinger told “It’s another thing to not stand up for the national anthem. I wanted to show that pro athletes are supposed to be role models, but in this case the athletes — the high school athletes — are going to be setting the example. It’s going to be kind of a role reversal.”

The ACLU wasn’t happy that a high school held a patriotic event and that a police officer would dare to suggest that people should stand for the national anthem.

“The statements made by the deputy police chief and the event’s ostentatious show of power send an ominous, frightening message: that, as an official stance, law enforcement will not tolerate expressions acknowledging our nation’s history of unequal treatment and systematic oppression,” ACLU-NJ Organizer Jasmine Crenshaw said. “Entrance to one of the biggest sporting events in the area should not require that someone accept an atmosphere that suppresses political protest. The magnitude of this event chills the belief that police should be held accountable when they abuse their power or discriminate against people of color, and pressures student athletes to act as props of the police.”

This event was an awesome show of patriotism and support for men and women who put their lives on the line to support their communities. Please share this story if you agree. Let us know what you think in the comments below or on our Facebook page.

  • VerifyEverything

    Time to drop support of the ACLU.

    • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

      Way ahead of that.

    • james

      Should have done that a long time ago

  • Greg Miller

    ANYONE who lives here in America that thinks this is a bad thing should leave now!

    • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

      I am more than willing to assist them in their packing.

  • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

    So disrespecting the flag, military and law enforcement is A Okay, but supporting them is wrong. Is everyone at the ACLU a frigging moron? Rhetorical question, no answer needed.

    • Combat_Vet

      They may not be morons, but they are positively extremely progressive liberals

  • LilD_in_big_D

    ACLU can go F*ck them selves and kiss my skinny WHITE ASS????

    • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

      Some of them may like that depending on how young you are. They did represent NAMBLA after all….LOL!!!!

      • LT714RET

        Sound wisdom.

  • Doug Packer

    ACLU – Another Clueless Liberal Union

  • qthush

    Ah the ACLU, a great organization that champions the individuals rights, without responsibilities. The greatest organization that grew for the 1960 protests of the Vietnam war. Sometimes they are off their own beaten path, if some would believe being patriotic isn’t a bad thing. Especially if the people want to participate in it wants it shut down because other people don’t want to partcipate. Equates to shutting down a birthday party because they don’t like chocolate cake that is being served.

  • Jonell hernandez

    I support the blue 1000%%


    To all of you from the BLM–NEW BLACK PANTHERS—NAACP and any other BLACK GROUPS and including all you WHITE FALLOWER’S YOU are just helping to bring this COUNTRY DOWN to your low life style. If anyone of you was MAN OR WOMAN enough you would try and walk a mile in MILITARY BOOTS, COPS SHOES or FIRE FIGHTERS BOOTS.
    SORRY NONE of YOU could MAKE IT. THEY take real MEN AND WOMEN not a bunch CRY BABBIE”S!!!!!!!!!.

  • lois

    The ACLU, is a communist organization.

  • Stephanie Grant-Lewald

    I am appalled by what the ACLU is doing, trying to turn a positive event into something ugly. So done with all this garbage. God bless America and all of our frist responders and men and women in blue.!!

  • john

    what frightening message this is fucking america not the fucking middle east

  • Brian

    They’re probably just jealous that no one in history ever decided to honor lawyers