The police union in Cleveland, where the police force has just been found to have a long and serious track record of excessive use of force in a DOJ investigation, is very upset that a Cleveland Browns player wore a shirt before an NFL demanding justice for two innocent people gunned down by cops in that city. And they want an apology.
A police union in Ohio criticized football player Andrew Hawkins for wearing a shirt protesting the fatal police shooting in November of a 12-year-old African-American boy who was carrying a pellet gun, the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper reported.
Hawkins, a wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, wore a T-shirt during pre-game warm-ups that read, “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford,” referring to the 12-year-old Rice and a 22-year-old man, both shot in separate incidents while carrying pellet guns by Ohio police…Cleveland Police Patrolman’s Association President Jeff Follmer said that the shirt was disrespectful, and called Hawkins “pathetic,” the newspaper reported.
“He’s an athlete. He’s someone with no facts of the case whatsoever,” the newspaper quoted Follmer as saying. “He’s disrespecting the police on a job that we had to do and make a split-second decision.”
Follmer also demanded an apology from the Browns, the newspaper said.
The team has not yet responded, the newspaper said.
The team’s response should be, but won’t be, “go fuck yourself.” Maybe if your officers didn’t gun down innocent people, we wouldn’t have to call for justice for them. And the fact that you got your precious fee fees hurt over it kinda pales in comparison to what the families of the people you murdered have to go through. Suck it up, buttercup. And then shut the fuck up.