NFL Players Meet With Congress To Discuss Police Brutality
Corey Jones was shot dead by a plain clothes police officer who didn’t identify himself or show a badge 13 months ago. That same officer was charged with manslaughter and attempted murder eight months later, according to ESPN. Since then, there are no updates on the case because it hasn’t gone to trial and no date is in sight.
Jones’ cousin, Anquan Boldin, who plays wide receiver for the Detroit Lions, is now working to mend the broken relationship between members of the black community and police officers.
Boldin, who won the Walter Payton Man of the Year aware in 2015 for his work both on and off the field, and four other NFL players recently went to Capitol Hill and met with members of Congress, including the Congressional Black Caucus and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
“No. 1, you want to hear that they hear you,” Boldin told ESPN.com. “You want to make sure they understand the things that we, as an African-American community, are going through. I don’t think our community feels that way right now, especially when it comes to law enforcement and the way we’re being policed. Our neighborhoods are feeling hurt. No. 2, you want to see changes in policy, in terms of how we train our police officers. And lastly, you want to see accountability — that justice will be served for all — to make sure that the relationship between the African-American community and police can be better. There’s work to be done on both sides because there’s a huge mistrust there. I want to help close that gap.”
The other players in attendance were Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, Lions safety Glover Quin, and quarterback Josh McCown and wideout Andrew Hawkins of the Cleveland Browns.
Football players, in particular, have been doing a lot this season to take advantage of their influence and visibility to help call out injustices in the world around them. Colin Kaepernick is the first name most people think of, but many other players have joined his ranks in protest, even if it was only for a brief moment.
Photo Credit: Anquan Boldin’s Instagram