Cameron Jordan announced Monday that he will finance the expansion of a racial sensitivity training program for New Orleans police officers, which will aim to help 80 cops confront and overcome biases over the next two years, according to Nola.com.
The New Orleans Saints defensive end is donating $120,000 to the effort after watching racial justice demonstrations kick off in 2020 in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis cop who has since been convicted of murder.
“The expansion will allow the nonprofit Crescent City Corps to offer 80 hours of instruction to participating officers on topics such as racial equity, responding to the effects of trauma, and leadership development, officials said at a news conference. The group will teach four classes, with approximately 20 officers each, over the course of two years.
Jordan said he wants his four children — all born in New Orleans — to know he didn’t just sit back and do nothing during the summer of 2020, when the country was also struggling to control the coronavirus pandemic.
“I wanted to do something that makes them proud,” Jordan said. “This is not a solution, this is not a completion … (but) we have a chance to create a positive impact in this way.”
Social media had various opinions on Jordan footing the bill for this:
Jordan is entering his 11th season with the Saints, and his 94.5 career sacks rank second in team history.