Andrew Hawkins T-Shirt Pisses Off Cleveland Police Union (Pic)
The Cleveland Police Union is pissed off about this Andrew Hawkins t-shirt, and they’re not afraid who knows it.
In case you can’t quite make out what it says from this shot of Hawkins running out of the tunnel, here’s another shot of Hawkins wearing it during pre-game warmups:
As you can see, the shirt says “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford III.”
Crawford was the 22-year-old man who was shot and killed by police at a Dayton Walmart in August. He’d picked up an unpackaged air rifle and was carrying it around the store while he talked to his girlfriend on his phone. Somebody called the police about a man carrying a gun around the store, and when they arrived they shot and killed him—allegedly after he failed to drop the gun immediately.
While that situation was tragic, it was somewhat understandable. A grown man should know better than to walk around in public with something that looks like a dangerous firearm. But this is a far cry from what happened to 12-year-old Tamir Rice. Just a boy and thus not knowing better, he was playing with an air pistol outside a recreation center in November when somebody called the police. Despite the fact that the caller said he was “probably” a juvenile and that the gun was “probably” fake, a police officer shot and killed him within two seconds (literally) of arriving at the scene.
It’s therefore understandable that Andrew Hawkins would want to take advantage of the recent outcry over the grand jury decisions in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner to call attention to these lesser-publicized cases. But that didn’t stop Cleveland Police Patrolman Union President Jeff Follmer from issuing a perturbed statement demanding an apology:
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.
Don’t hold your breath on that apology, Mr. Follmer.
Hat Tip – [The Big Lead]