NFL: Off-Duty Cops Can’t Carry in Stadiums

NFL security pat-down (courtesy dailymail.co.uk)

According to an internal Cleveland police memo unearthed by cleveland.com the NFL’s banning off-duty cops carrying in or around FirstEnergy Stadium. What’s more, “The rule, which police said took effect Sept. 11, applies to all NFL facilities and all off-duty federal, state and local law enforcement officers . . . An armed officer will only be allowed inside a league facility if they are working an NFL game or event in an official capacity.” Does that include responding to a crime or terrorist attack within or without the stadium? “Jeff Follmer, president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, said the policy is ‘disappointing.’ ‘We are police officers 24/7,’ Follmer said. ‘I don’t know why anyone would want to disarm a police officer.’” Or a law-abiding citizen. Come to think of it, I can think of a reason to disarm an off-duty Baltimore cop. Does this count? What about this? Just sayin’ . . . [h/t Dan]