Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall spent an hour talking to the cops yesterday, and listening as well.
Via Nicki Jhabvala of the Denver Post, Marshall spent an hour yesterday with Denver police chief Robert White, asking him about local law enforcement, and some of the issues nationwide that triggered his kneeling during the national anthem last week.
“There are a lot of people that will raise issues and be negative and be what my kids call just ‘haters,’ no matter what you do and let it go at that,” White said. “[Marshall] has issues and he has questions as it relates to what we’re doing. He acknowledged some of those challenges, and he wants to do something about it. And part of doing something about it is going to the source of where you think some of those issues are.”
White said he respected Marshall’s right to offer his protest peacefully.
“Do I support him kneeling? I support his right along with the other thousands of individuals who have demonstrated in our city, during the course of my four years here, to express their First Amendment rights,” White said. “Whether I agree or disagree I think is totally irrelevant. I think as a chief and as a law enforcement person, I have a responsibility to protect the rights of everyone as it relates to the constitution and the (First) Amendment. I respect his right to exercise his First Amendment.”
White and Marshall spoke at length about some of the issues, and White provided some background material for Marshall to read. They also talked about ways to help use Marshall’s position in the community to help bridge the gap with law enforcement, including a ride-along with an officer and talking to youth groups.
“It became pretty clear to me that his kneeling was to speak to the injustices that he feels are going across in our country,” White said. “But I also think he recognizes — and we talked about this — that most of the men and women in law enforcement, and certainly those in Denver, are out doing the right thing every single day. And it’s that small percentage that is a challenge for our community [that] is a challenge for me.”
White said Marshall was “more than willing” to work with him, and that he hoped the two could work together on next steps.