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Giants Contemplate Protest During National Anthem

| by Michael Doherty

After a recent police shooting, a number of New York Giants have said that they will consider some form of protest during the national anthem in order to raise awareness about police use of lethal force on people of color.

The Tulsa, Oklahoma, police shooting of Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man who was reportedly holding his hands up in surrender when he was killed, has sparked protests across the country. Those moved by the incident reportedly include several members of the New York Giants, some of whom spoke out to say that they are considering a protest during the national anthem at a future game in order to spread awareness for police shootings like Crutcher's, according to Newsday.

"As of right now we’re not doing anything different, but that could change," said Giants linebacker Keenan Robinson. "We are guys who have a voice, and we understand our voice is seen and heard across the world."

Running back Rashad Jennings told media that Crutcher's death might very well spur Giants players to take action such as a protest.

Jennings said that he has been part of a text thread including around 85 players, in which they discuss matters like police violence. He added that he has also spoken with Colin Kaepernick, the quarterback for the 49ers who began the protest movement.

Kaepernick said that he has received death threats for his protests, according to Mercury News. "This is a perfect example of what this is about," Kaepernick said of Crutcher's death. "It will be very telling about what happens to the officer that killed him."

Crutcher's twin sister, Tiffany, said that she believed her brother died because of police "negligence and incompetence and insensitivity," reports CNN.

Tulsa police have said that officers used lethal force on Crutcher not because of his race, but because of erratic behavior that officers believed was due to the man being under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"People who are under the influence have unpredictable behavior, whether you are white, Hispanic, or black," said Scott Wood, attorney for officer Betty Shelby, who was at the scene.

Robinson said that if his teammates do decide to go forward with a protest, it will be done thoughtfully.

"We want to do it appropriately and effectively if we do it. We don’t want to do it in a dishonorable manner or a disrespectful way. We want to make sure our point gets across if we do do it," he said. 

Sources: Newsday, Mercury News, CNN / Photo credit: Keith Allison/Flickr

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