Re: “Kaepernick makes his stand by sitting for national anthem” (Aug. 27):

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick demands respect by being disrespectful. He condemns all police officers.

Does he not understand that most of those shot by the police did something to bring the police to them? They were committing, or had committed, a crime and then were a danger to the community, or they had attacked the police. Does he support that behavior?

Similarly, Black Lives Matter demands justice by breaking the law. Do they not see the contradiction in their actions? Do they really want the minority of the black community to be able to commit crimes with impunity? I hope not.

If you want to be respected by law enforcement, obey the law. If you want justice, report those who commit crime – do not hide them from the police.

The police and our military fight every day to give Kaepernick the absolute right to be disrespectful, but having the right does not mean it is the right thing to do.

Do the police in some areas need to look within to change attitude and behavior? Yes. Are there those in Black Lives Matter and the black community who need to do the same? Yes. It is not a one-sided issue.

Stand up, Mr. Kaepernick, earn respect and do it right!

Gary Phillips