Reader: Cop at Tribe Game Chastised Me For Not Standing During "God Bless America"


We received this letter from a reader today. While by and large, police officers in Cleveland are a decent bunch, it seems this one is a douchenozzle of the highest order.

Earlier this season, my brother and I decided to take in a Tribe game on a pleasant Sunday afternoon. Besides the come to be expected high vendor prices, being asked to see our tickets by three different ushers on three separate occasions, and the lack of run support, the experience had promise. However, after not standing up for the singing of “God Bless America” in the 7th inning, a Cleveland police officer stood over me at my seat questioning my patriotism. I told him that I was neither a christian or a nationalist, and believed the song inappropriate for a public venue. He then called me a coward. I showed him my service tattoo, and informed him I was a Post 9/11 veteran exercising my 1st Amendment right, in which he replied “You’re a piece of crap coward!”

Needless to say I left the game shortly after, both offended and deeply angered. Is this how the Tribe plans to treat their customers? We already know how the police treat the civilians they swore an oath to serve and protect. What is more inappropriate, an egocentric song being forced on others, or an armed man calling an unarmed man a coward?

-Andy, South Tremont

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Vince Grzegorek

Vince Grzegorek has been with Scene since 2007 and editor-in-chief since 2012. He previously worked at Discount Drug Mart and Texas Roadhouse.
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