When the Assistant Chief of police stood beside her male colleagues during the Pledge of Allegiance, she did something that had the men around her fuming with anger. Not only was the Assistant Chief of Police a woman of color named Anuta Najiy, but she also let it be publicly known that she was not okay with the way things are going in America right now by refusing to salute the flag or cover her heart with her right hand during the pledge.
Najiy stood straight with her arms at her side, next to four men who were part of the command staff. They recited the pledge. United States Military Code backs up with Assistant Chief Najiy did that day last week. Even her department leaders said that she had done nothing wrong and should not receive the ire of the American people.
Yet, an image of Assistant Chief of Police Najiy has been shared online. It shows the police officer standing with her arms by her sides while the other police officers have their hands over their hearts in a gesture of reverence for the United States of America.
Although Najiy did not break any laws and her commanders claim that she was just following protocol, the Fraternal Order of Police President Javier Ortiz wants her to be reprimanded for not reciting the Pledge of Allegiance the way he wants her to recite it.
Ortiz, who was fired from his job with the Miami Police Department for falsely claiming that he was a black man, was so furious with the way Najiy handled the pledge that he took time out of his busy day to write a letter to her boss and throw her under the bus.
“Since she clearly has no respect for the flag or the United States, on behalf of the Fraternal Order of Police, I am requesting that Assistant Chief Najiy is removed as the commander of the MPD Honor Guard Detail,” he wrote in a letter to Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes.
In response to the angry letter, Police Chief Rodolfo Llanes shared quotes from the United States military code of conduct that states how military conduct overrides basic police officer conduct. Not only was Najiy doing it right, but it was also the other uniformed police officers who were doing it wrong. Go figure!
“When in uniform, indoors, stand at attention, remain silent, and face the flag,” the official United States Military Code of Conduct states.
“That’s exactly what she did. The Honor Guard follows U.S. military code. She was following U.S. military code. It had nothing to do with personal beliefs,” Moss stated.
Reporters sought out Najiy and Ortiz for an interview. Najiy, who did nothing wrong, ignored the requests, and focused on protecting people as her police officer duty demands of her. Ortiz hid in the shadows and failed to issue a comment. Police Chief Llanes had put him in his place.
Ortiz did not like how Najiy handled the situation, and the photo of her following the United States Military Code of Conduct was taken out of context to make her look bad.
What do you think about the response to this image?