RENTON – Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin demanded that all 50 state attorney generals call for a review of their police training policies during a team press conference Thursday.
Baldwin said his aim was “To eliminate militaristic cultures while putting a higher emphasis on de-escalation tactics and crisis management measures.”
He is one of several professional and amateur athletes across the U.S. to protest during the playing of the national anthem at games. The demonstration has started a national conversation about social and racial injustice.
Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson reached out to Baldwin on Twitter, expressing a desire to meet with the Seahawks wide receiver. Baldwin replied, "I'd love to. I like what our state is doing with changing the culture! We will be in touch!"
I’d love to. I like what our state is doing with changing the culture! We will be in touch! https://t.co/5e8OKpppYI— Doug Baldwin Jr (@DougBaldwinJr) September 22, 2016
Baldwin isn’t the first Seahawks player to use media availability to address the issue.
Cornerback Richard Sherman did not take questions Wednesday. Instead, he gave a two-minute statement about what players have wanted to accomplish.
"More videos have come out of guys getting killed, and I think people are still missing the point," Sherman said. "The reason these guys are kneeling, the reason we're locking arms is to bring people together to make people aware that this is not right. It's not right for people to get killed in the street."
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