Sixteen female West Point cadets, who took a photo with their arms raised in Black Power fists, did not violate a directive that warns against “partisan political activity” while in uniform, reports NBC News:
The 16 cadets — members of the U.S. Military Academy’s Class of 2016 — did not violate any code of conduct regulations, and the April 26 photo was one of several that the young women took in a spur-of-the-moment shot, the prestigious military academy said.
“It was intended to demonstrate ‘unity’ and ‘pride,’ according to the findings of the inquiry,” according to a statement.
The inquiry ultimately found that there was no intention of making a political statement — although backlash online suggested otherwise after the photo went viral.
The women are set to graduate on May 21.
SOURCE: NBC News | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty, Twitter