Seahawks’ Baldwin Calls For Change In Wake Of Shootings

By TIM BOOTH, AP Sports Writer

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin called for a review of training policies for law enforcement across the country on Thursday in the wake of a pair of police shootings, saying the message NFL players are trying to send with their actions during the national anthem now needs follow through.

“You’ve heard the message, you’ve seen the protest and now we’re working on the follow through,” Baldwin said. “Again, we’re only a small group, a small portion of the population and there are people out there that have greater power than we do. Our voice is still going to continue to be heard but at the same time we need those that have the power to make the changes and act.”

Baldwin gave a prepared statement in a fashion similar to what teammate Richard Sherman did a day earlier but then expanded on his initial comments. Baldwin made the request for all 50 state attorneys general to “call for a review of their policies and training policies for police and law enforcement to eliminate militaristic cultures while putting a higher emphasis on de-escalation tactics and crisis management measures.”

Baldwin said he had consulted with his father, a police officer in Pensacola, Florida, to gather information. Baldwin has also reached out to local law enforcement and elected officials in the Seattle area. His request caught the attention of at least one attorney general, Washington’s Bob Ferguson, who tweeted from the office’s official account that he would be reaching out to speak with Baldwin.

“The situation that’s upon us right now, what’s going on in our country, it’s devastating, but now it has to reach a point of intolerable. We cannot tolerate this,” Baldwin said. “Lives are being lost and there are questions that need to be answered and people deserve an answer and I think that’s where we’re at right now.”

Baldwin and Sherman’s statements came in the wake of a pair of police shootings, one in Charlotte, North Carolina, another in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Baldwin said he was inspired to speak out Thursday by the video of the incident in Tulsa, where a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black man on a city street.

“When you see numerous instances like this happen, and again, you don’t know all the context, but you’re asking questions. And we also know that the laws that are in place and policies that are in place that protect the law enforcement from any persecution, we understand that there’s an inherent risk that comes with being a police officer. But that should not be the case of being a citizen in the United States,” Baldwin said. “There should not be an inherent risk when you have an encounter with law enforcement. There should not be a concern or worry that the law enforcement is not there to protect you. And I think that we’re raising a culture or society right now that is questioning that very sentiment. And so as a human being, I can’t help but sit up here and tell you how I feel and let you know that it’s not OK.”

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  1. Golly these football players are so smart! Just throwing that ball and catching that ball and kicking that ball and running! They run so fast, I can see why I should listen to their politics. The owners of these teams of social savants who can catch a ball and run with it very fast must be inspired by some higher calling? What spiritual system guides 17 of the 32 NFL team owners?

    When these grid iron intellectuals aren’t slashing their wives throats, or hitting their girlfriends, or negligently discharging firearms, or murdering people, or taking illegal drugs, they are omnipotent and anyone who says otherwise is racist.

    I sit on my couch with the built-in holder for the force carbonated beverage with just enough alcohol to make me forget what a pointless existence I have created for myself while I eat enough artery clogging fats to insure that I will be a net gain to the social security system and I THINK: Golly! That man with the corn braids really has a point! Our police should just stay in their car or run away instead of oppressing some guy who wanted a free cigar and beat a shop keeper to get it, but more importantly do I have enough beer.

    Yes, I could not sit on this Chinese vinyl couch watching hours of sports on Korean TV, played by men who hit/kill women, men who hit children, men who use drugs, and stuff my body with empty carbohydrates and my brain with consumerist propaganda and degenerate ideas for 12 hours a week, but if I didn’t I’d have to meet new people, connect with people I care about, learn interesting things or a trade, or craft or hobby. I could lift weights, walk, hike, or run. I could read a book. Let’s get real: What attraction would a member of the opposite sex have in a fit, informed, well read, engaged spouse/parent/mate? Not as much as me in a NFL Jersey! That’s hot!

    The problem is white people, like me. In my house, on my couch, the edge of my property is the edge of my engagement with the world, my neighbours, my community. Unlike the blacks, browns, yellows, I am afraid to advocate for my people, without guilt, remorse or empathy. Why, because a tribe of people who own 17 of 32 NFL teams and 95% of all media outlets tell me I shouldn’t stand up for myself. I am afraid to say no. I am afraid to lose my beer on my couch in front of my TV in my house until a 3rd world mob burns it down with me inside. Then I will care. Maybe. God Bless Murica.

  2. Has Baldwin looked at the fact that both police officers (in Tulsa and Charlotte) were minorities? Is Baldwin suggesting our police departments stop hiring minorities?

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