The headlines have become so painfully repetitive and the hashtags so common that the unjust killing of unarmed black citizens at the hands of law enforcement officers no longer comes as a shock. In the wake of a new political era brought about by the nomination of President-elect Donald Trump, there is reasonable concern that racial tensions between the police and communities of color will continue to be strained.
In an effort to advocate for police accountability and justice for victims of brutality, five NFL players traveled to Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. According to ESPN, Detroit Lions receiver Anquan Boldin and teammate Glover Quin, Cleveland Browns quarterback Josh McCown and wide receiver Andrew Hawkins, and Philadelphia Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins met with several members of congress, including the Congressional Black Caucus and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan. The trip was organized by Boldin, the NFL's 2015 recipient of the Walter Payton Man of the Year award, whose cousin was shot and killed by a plainclothes cop on a highway in South Florida last year.
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