Cleveland Police Want Apology For “Justice For Tamir” Shirt, Here’s What The Clevelend Browns Offered Instead [VIDEO]
Before taking the field against Cincinnati, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins wore a T Shirt in protest of the police shootings of Ohio's own Tamir Rice and John Crawford. Now Cleveland Police want an apology from the Browns organization, see what they got instead!
"It's pretty pathetic when athletes think they know the law. They should stick to what they know best on the field. The Cleveland Police protect and serve the Browns stadium and the Browns organization owes us an apology." - Jeff Follmer Police Patrolman Union President.
So Police shot and kill two unarmed black men without apology, but this football player is supposed to say sorry for wearing a T Shirt?
I think not. Luckily, the NFL and NBA have been very supportive of player's rights to speak up for what they believe in. Here is the statement the Browns put out:
We have great respect for the Cleveland Police Department and the work that they do to protect and serve our city. We also respect our players' rights to project their support and bring awareness to issues that are important to them if done so in a responsible manner.
Andrew Hawkins responded on Monday with this:
“Justice is a right that every American should have. Justice should be the goal of every American and I think that’s what makes this country special,” Hawkins said on Monday. “To me, justice means that the innocent should be found innocent. It means those that do wrong should get their due punishment. Ultimately it means fair treatment.”
“A call for justice should not offend or disrespect anybody. A call for justice shouldn’t warrant an apology,” Hawkins said. “To clarify, I utterly respect and appreciate every police officer that protects and serves all of us with honesty, integrity and the right way.”
“My wearing a T-shirt wasn’t a stance against every police officer or every police department. My wearing a T-shirt was a stance against wrong individuals, doing the wrong thing, for the wrong reasons to innocent people,” Hawkins said.
The Cleveland Police owe an apology to Tamir Rice's family for killing their little boy and threatening to arrest his mother and for handcuffing his sister who was rushing to her brother's lifeless body!!! Oh you didn't hear about that. Watch this