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Brandon Marshall spends an hour talking to Denver police chief

Denver Broncos inside linebacker Brandon Marshall (54) kneels during the National Anthem prior to an NFL football game against the Carolina Panthers, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Joe Mahoney) AP

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.

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  1. raidernation210 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:35 AM

    Why would the chief of police waste his time talking to this loser and I will bet anything Marshall will not work with them in any capacity. It’s all for attention

  2. edon8334 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:35 AM

    where’s the outrage and boycotting nfl fans at????

    where’s the what about black on black crime???????

  3. 4horsemenoftheapocalypse says: Sep 14, 2016 7:40 AM

    Good for Brandon Marshall. How many other protestors are meeting with local law enforcement?

  4. hooockey says: Sep 14, 2016 7:45 AM

    The Denver police chief is so much more reasonable than the San Francisco police union. What a contrast! Kudos to recognizing the first amendment right to protest, and be willing to discuss the issues with Marshall. The San Fran cops’ attitude is a big problem!

  5. mmack66 says: Sep 14, 2016 7:56 AM

    “Whether I agree or disagree I think is totally irrelevant.”
    ———————————-

    It is. Let that be a lesson to all of the other bozos out there that cry about people sitting down or kneeling during the singing of The Star Spangled Banner.

  6. chesswhileyouplaycheckers says: Sep 14, 2016 8:10 AM

    Guess it would have been too much to expect that this could have happened before the look at me moment.

  7. ajames35 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:12 AM

    Did Marshall jump helmet-first at his head after the conversation was over? Or is that just on the field…?

  8. riflemanlax says: Sep 14, 2016 8:14 AM

    Anyone know if Kaepernick has tried to reach out?

  9. jimnaizeeum says: Sep 14, 2016 8:17 AM

    Seems a lot more productive than kneeling & throwing $ at the problem.

  10. usedjock says: Sep 14, 2016 8:26 AM

    To me it is really good to hear one of the players wants to do something about it and not just protest. I do think it would be a great idea to do several ride alongs with police to see what they have to deal with. And maybe get to know some of the cops along the way to understand what they put on the line every day and that they are not all bad.

  11. clonefan says: Sep 14, 2016 8:29 AM

    Good for Brandon. Hopefully he figured out that all cops are not bad. Hopefully he figured out that every occupation has some bad people in it. Unfortunately the consequences of having bad eggs in some professions is much more visible. I choose not to judge law enforcement by a few people, I don’t believe that is fair to the vast majority who risk their lives every day to protect me. I also don’t judge the NFL by the small group of bad characters in their midst. I could go on and on… Muslims, Christians, Politicians… I choose to stand for the national anthem and be proud of the good things this country has that many others don’t.

  12. bullcharger says: Sep 14, 2016 8:32 AM

    Progress.

  13. savethebs says: Sep 14, 2016 8:35 AM

    But yeah let’s hear more about how he hates America & disrespected the military. I gotta say, as a veteran I really appreciate the people who are offended for me. Really saves me a lot of energy getting all worked up over a bunch of BS.

  14. I_Just_Like_Typing_Comments_That_Wont_Get_Published says: Sep 14, 2016 8:39 AM

    The kneeling thing is certainly a personal choice, I wouldn’t make that choice after serving in the Marine Corps, but I’m also not black.

    But with that said, this is exactly what needs to come of it. These players that are kneeling, need to take the next step. Have conversations with law enforcement. Understand the other side. Express your feelings and understand their feelings. Just kneeling to make a political statement changes nothing. Do you think the 1% of cops that are awful people sat at home and thought, “oh, gee, Kaepernick is kneeling because of racial injustice, I guess I should stop being a racist…”? Of course not. If you are gonna take this position, you need to see it through. Marshall is taking those steps, which is more than I can say for the others. I cant stand the Broncos, I wouldn’t kneel in protest, but I respect Marshall a hell of a lot more today than I did yesterday. The others should take note

  15. jjackwagon says: Sep 14, 2016 8:40 AM

    White said Marshall was “more than willing” to work with him, and that he hoped the two could work together on next steps.

    Brandon…this is how you affect change. Not by kneeling for the National Anthem.

  16. kickinpuppies says: Sep 14, 2016 8:41 AM

    Well good, I’m glad that’s over.

  17. TedHurtz says: Sep 14, 2016 8:45 AM

    what a waste of time and money on this cheap shot buffoon.
    I hope the city sends him a bill for the Chiefs time.
    who gives a rats ass if this “player” has no respect for the country that allows him to play (dirty) football for a living. If I were goodell, they would stand or be fined. the NFL is not your political soap box and noone gives a crap what your views are marshall – all we care about is you getting fined for cheap shots and bad football.

  18. packfanaj12 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:47 AM

    This is the way a community should react to someone who is upset and frustrated… They should try to understand rather then lash out. Props to the Denver Police Chief for taking what so many people take as a “Outrage” and brought a little more perspective to the whole kneeling/sitting situation.

  19. redmosquito16 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:48 AM

    #FightTheProblemNotTheProtest

  20. stillers213 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:49 AM

    Saturday night ride-alongs is what many people need to gain some perspective.

  21. jmull23 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:50 AM

    Good for him to educate himself from the police point of view. I can respect someone like him for informing himself on both sides of the issue.

  22. realqc says: Sep 14, 2016 8:50 AM

    #damagecontrol

  23. mrba4775 says: Sep 14, 2016 8:56 AM

    This is just appeasement. This does not mean anything. Symbolic jesture with NO substance. IfThe Broncos organization was really in touch with reality, the would allow their African American player truly interact in the community, instead of for charity purposes, in the Denver Metro Area, then they would see what the REAL issues are. Not going to happen. Status Que. I will be dropping my sevices to Air Force Crédit Union and Century Link, since, they drop Brandon endorsement.

  24. jvw1982 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:02 AM

    Its a start…..Thanks Kaep for bringing an issue that no one wants to talk about to the forefront……Hopefully more positive discussions can go on, to help bring the police and the communities they serve closer together…..Nice to see Brandon taking the next step and not letting it end with a kneel

  25. tylawspick6 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:02 AM

    Oh, what a little Millennial hero.

    This loser probably sits in a basement when he’s not playing, and just plays video games in his free time.

    Who are these Millennial losers kidding with this self centered “look at me” crap?

  26. motzinjammin says: Sep 14, 2016 9:04 AM

    That is more productive than just kneeling during the anthem. Be part of the solution…

  27. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 14, 2016 9:12 AM

    I was watching one of the ESPN shows last week when one of the personalities stated that he doesn’t have a problem with the police, only with police killing young black men and not being held responsible.

    Where to begin (sigh)

    Police kill more whites than blacks and for all we can tell they suffer no more or less consequences. for either race.

    Police kill men as well. Grown men, in the parlance of our times, are being killed, not just young men. Stop trying to bend the narrative to make it sound like white cops are executing children for no reason.

    While it’s true that some police deserve punishment for their crimes, not all of them deserve to be lumped in with the bad ones. This is also true of those who become involved with police. Not all are criminals but not all are angels. Do they deserve to die on the street?

    Depends on the situation. And therein lies the rub. Applying situational discretion doesn’t work well with the narrative that police are simply out to get young black men.

    Some are villains, some are not. Some, like Michael Brown, put officers is a situation where it’s life or death. In this case, over a box of cigars that had been stolen from a store owner who Brown had assaulted.

    Brown ended his own life and took quite a few people along for the ride. His actions and his alone caused death and destruction far in excess of what any sane person should consider a reasonable response.

    But let’s call it what is is. The Ferguson “protests”, while well intentioned initially, quickly downgraded into revenge, pure and simple. That the so called “leaders” of that community failed to put a top to this with their words or actions is quite frankly despicable.

    Where’s the justice for the citizens, homeowners, store owners, car owners whose lives were torn apart by the criminal acts of the protestors.

    Interesting how some want swift justice, but only for those who aren’t “down with the cause”.

  28. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Sep 14, 2016 9:12 AM

    finally someone who has done something thoughtful in place of either an uninformed protest, or an equally uninformed condemnation of said protest.

  29. jfholdforth says: Sep 14, 2016 9:15 AM

    Much more productive than wearing pig socks.

  30. bearsfan4life says: Sep 14, 2016 9:16 AM

    For every thieving, screaming, yelling, busting an adult for smoking pot, pulling someone over for a license plate light, power abusing, lying cop out there, there is a “good cop” and a police union doing nothing about it.

    Qualified immunity is a term everyone should know.

    What is the penalty for a cop if he lies?

    Which country has the highest prison population, both raw numbers and per capita?

    These guys are the face of the boot that is crushing the head of humanity.

    It needs to be understood that one person may perceive that red white and blue cloth differently than the next. I may see it as a symbol of the republic being incrementally eroded by the state while another may see it as a symbol of freedom and hope.
    Ask the parents of a child killed by a drone bomb what it means to them and you may get an entirely different answer.

  31. abninf says: Sep 14, 2016 9:20 AM

    4horsemenoftheapocalypse says:

    Good for Brandon Marshall. How many other protestors are meeting with local law enforcement?
    ===================================

    It’s called PR damage control. He’s just a follower.

  32. bigotshamer says: Sep 14, 2016 9:23 AM

    What about white-on-white crime?

  33. stillers213 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:29 AM

    Don’t blame the police for the failed policies of lawmakers and leaders. So it’s the police’s fault so many people are in prison? Just ridiculous. Don’t break the law and you will not be arrested! It’s not that hard folks. If young people spent half the effort to succeed and learn as they do trying to be cool and “different” then maybe we could turn the crime trend. Stop blaming police for everything and take some responsibility.

  34. topcide says: Sep 14, 2016 9:30 AM

    Mo Pro Babble says:
    Sep 14, 2016 9:12 AM
    I was watching one of the ESPN shows last week when one of the personalities stated that he doesn’t have a problem with the police, only with police killing young black men and not being held responsible.

    Where to begin (sigh)

    Police kill more whites than blacks and for all we can tell they suffer no more or less consequences. for either race.

    Police kill men as well. Grown men, in the parlance of our times, are being killed, not just young men. Stop trying to bend the narrative to make it sound like white cops are executing children for no reason.

    While it’s true that some police deserve punishment for their crimes, not all of them deserve to be lumped in with the bad ones. This is also true of those who become involved with police. Not all are criminals but not all are angels. Do they deserve to die on the street?

    Depends on the situation. And therein lies the rub. Applying situational discretion doesn’t work well with the narrative that police are simply out to get young black men.

    Some are villains, some are not. Some, like Michael Brown, put officers is a situation where it’s life or death. In this case, over a box of cigars that had been stolen from a store owner who Brown had assaulted.

    Brown ended his own life and took quite a few people along for the ride. His actions and his alone caused death and destruction far in excess of what any sane person should consider a reasonable response.

    But let’s call it what is is. The Ferguson “protests”, while well intentioned initially, quickly downgraded into revenge, pure and simple. That the so called “leaders” of that community failed to put a top to this with their words or actions is quite frankly despicable.

    Where’s the justice for the citizens, homeowners, store owners, car owners whose lives were torn apart by the criminal acts of the protestors.

    Interesting how some want swift justice, but only for those who aren’t “down with the cause”.

    3 0
    ———-

    I would like this 3x if I could.

    As I have said multiple times here, my wife, brother in law, and sister are cops.

    The biggest issue that I have now, is when ever a cop is involved in a shooting, it’s automatically that they just gunned down someone in cold blood regardless of what the facts say. And even after the facts come out, people still refuse to accept them just like when ” hands up don’t shoot” was proven forensically impossible. And even if a shooting was justified, suddenly everyone is a lethal force expert after and plays MMQB.

    A ugly part of American society is crime, and being the people responsible for keeping that in check is a tough job. An even uglier reality is that sometime, however unpleasant it may be, the Police are forced to take someones life in a justified situation.

    Are their bad cops, sure there is, but the overwhelming majority of them just want to get home at night like everyone else.

  35. jayhawk6 says: Sep 14, 2016 9:33 AM

    Lot of strong, even raw, emotions on display here, an just as many interpretations of recent sad history.

    Brandon Marshall, as dirty as some may think him to be, is at least talking to a real live police officer. It is a small, first step–but those are sometimes the most difficult to make.

  36. silvernblacksabbath says: Sep 14, 2016 9:43 AM

    Kaepernick was paid to protest.. This is political.. It comes from the top!

  37. silvernblacksabbath says: Sep 14, 2016 9:53 AM

    These national stories that have been coming out left and right since 2012…. are STORIES!!! Manufactured fake news to DIVIDE US!

  38. therealtrenches says: Sep 14, 2016 10:09 AM

    The criticism that these guys are creating “look at me” moments, just doing it for the attention, is an easy way out of facing the issue they’re trying to raise consciousness about.

    It’s also less mature than the way my 13 year old niece has reacted to the news that her boyfriend has found a new girl.

  39. beavertonsteve says: Sep 14, 2016 10:12 AM

    finally someone who has done something thoughtful in place of either an uninformed protest, or an equally uninformed condemnation of said protest.
    —–
    Condemning an uninformed protest doesn’t take a whole lot of information. People aren’t condemning the issue, they are responding to the method of protest.

  40. bullcharger says: Sep 14, 2016 10:20 AM

    jjackwagon says:
    Sep 14, 2016 8:40 AM
    White said Marshall was “more than willing” to work with him, and that he hoped the two could work together on next steps.
    Brandon…this is how you affect change. Not by kneeling for the National Anthem.

    ————

    That meeting doesn’t happen without the kneeling, particularly with the same coverage.

    Part of the point of a legal protest is to get people’s attention in a peaceful way.

    I’d say based on this the protest is starting to work.

  41. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 14, 2016 10:30 AM

    bigotshamer says:
    Sep 14, 2016 9:23 AM
    What about white-on-white crime?

    What about it are you looking to talk about?

    When people talk about black on black crime it’s done to underscore that much of the outrage of certain protest groups is misplaced.

    Over Labor Day weekend there were 13 murders in Chicago. The total death toll is appalling and killings by police aren’t part of that number. Think about that for a moment and ask why the gadflies aren’t marching through the streets of Chitown demanding justice for the murder victims.

    But if we ever hope to get ourselves out of this before this escalates into a race war (which I believe is being orchestrated behind the scenes by a few nefarious types with an agenda) then we need to drop the qualifier of race and call it what it is, crime.

    There are racists for sure, black ones, whites ones, big ones, crazy ones (props to Eric Burdon) and we will probably never be rid of them since some can’t accept their situation is at least partially of their own making and it’s simpler just to blame someone else. And as long as there are those of all colors who will think race first instead of people, we’re pretty screwed.

  42. jspyle says: Sep 14, 2016 10:32 AM

    You can all spout hate in either direction, but I find this good and refreshing because it opens the lines of communication. If we speak openly and discuss our issues, then we can find ways to resolve those issues, but that cant happen when all we do is shout hate at one another.

  43. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 14, 2016 11:04 AM

    bullcharger says:
    Sep 14, 2016 10:20 AM
    jjackwagon says:
    Sep 14, 2016 8:40 AM
    White said Marshall was “more than willing” to work with him, and that he hoped the two could work together on next steps.
    Brandon…this is how you affect change. Not by kneeling for the National Anthem.

    ————

    That meeting doesn’t happen without the kneeling, particularly with the same coverage.

    Part of the point of a legal protest is to get people’s attention in a peaceful way.

    I’d say based on this the protest is starting to work.

    I’d say you’re probably right. Now, moving forward. What type of peaceful protest is needed to begin the next conversational step in this seemingly one-sided process? How do we encourage those in places like Chicago to stop killing each other at rates that rival the Iraq War? How do we get the REAL solution going? That being the restoration of hope through opportunity. That opportunity being jobs. Real jobs that offer a real chance at a slice of the American dream.

    Mr President, what have you done to give the good people of Chicago a chance? Sadly NAFTA sent all those jobs away. Just look at the facts & figures and timelines and it will start to make sense.

    Or we could just continue to blame it all on racist cops and old white guys and wonder why nothing changes..

  44. charger383 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:34 AM

    He needs to talk to Commanders of American Legion and VFW

  45. maiphatdong says: Sep 14, 2016 12:07 PM

    Brandon, kneeling doesn’t do anything but make you look like a clown, stand up, and keep doing what you are doing here

  46. revskip says: Sep 14, 2016 12:08 PM

    chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Sep 14, 2016 8:10 AM
    Guess it would have been too much to expect that this could have happened before the look at me moment.

    —————————————————————–

    None of it happens without the look at me moment. Which is exactly the point of the look at me moment. If no one speaks out nothing changes. Plenty of people will criticize the person who speaks out, denigrate them as being a trouble-maker and attack their use of a platform but one thing is very clear in this story. By using the notoriety these players have as NFL stars they are finally getting important conversations started and starting to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the communities they are charged with protecting.

  47. MichaelEdits says: Sep 14, 2016 12:21 PM

    If I played in the NFL, it would be a dream come true. And I’d kneel. I tweeted something here on PFT where Brandon Marshall voiced his thoughts. I’m with him.

    But if he’s riding with the cops, and he clocks somebody’s head like he did Cam Newton, he’s going to jail. I’m not just saying that because I’m a Panthers homer. #KeepPounding

  48. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 14, 2016 12:48 PM

    revskip says:
    Sep 14, 2016 12:08 PM
    chesswhileyouplaycheckers says:
    Sep 14, 2016 8:10 AM
    Guess it would have been too much to expect that this could have happened before the look at me moment.

    —————————————————————–

    None of it happens without the look at me moment. Which is exactly the point of the look at me moment. If no one speaks out nothing changes. Plenty of people will criticize the person who speaks out, denigrate them as being a trouble-maker and attack their use of a platform but one thing is very clear in this story. By using the notoriety these players have as NFL stars they are finally getting important conversations started and starting to bridge the gap between law enforcement and the communities they are charged with protecting.

    And when one of these kneelers finally decides to talk about BOTH sides of the problem, we’ll have a prayer that there will be changes. Unfortunately, most only want to talk about effect and not cause.

    I can get behind “ALL Lives Matter” but not a one sided POV that by it’s very name is a racist organization. They are no better than the KKK.

  49. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 14, 2016 12:57 PM

    silvernblacksabbath says:
    Sep 14, 2016 9:53 AM
    These national stories that have been coming out left and right since 2012…. are STORIES!!! Manufactured fake news to DIVIDE US!

    Said it before, I’ll say it again. Someone is pulling our strings to orchestrate a race war. Certainly there are honest protesters who believe they can make a difference and aren’t interested in violence but they are pawns of more nefarious types who see this tragedies as their stairway to heaven.

    So look at who stands to gain or lose. If we all learn to get along, there’s a few who will lose their positions of power and influence. What is needed are elected leaders to take the reigns, not some loudmouths who play to the lowest rung.

  50. clonefan says: Sep 14, 2016 5:02 PM

    Don’t forget, Kapernick was also taking a knee for this…..
    “You have Hillary who has called black teens or black kids ‘super predators,’ you have Donald Trump who’s openly racist,” Kaepernick told reporters. “We have a presidential candidate who has deleted emails and done things illegally and is a presidential candidate. That doesn’t make sense to me because if that was any other person you’d be in prison. So, what is this country really standing for?”

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