The Coalition of Players, including leaders, supports the “Amash-Pressley” bill, to facilitate prosecution of police officers for acts of violence.
NFL stars Tom Brady, Drew Brees, and NBA coaches Gregg Popovich and Steve Kerr are among more than 1,400 members of U.S. sports leagues calling for an end to police immunity, in a letter to Congress Wednesday.
The Players Coalition, which also includes leaders, says it supports the “Amash-Pressley” bill, introduced this Thursday by members of the United States House of Representatives, Justin Amash of Michigan and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and aimed in particular at facilitating the prosecution of police officers for their acts of violence.
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This bill seeks to end the Qualified Immunity Act, which is seen as a loophole allowing police and government officials to avoid being tried in federal court. “We are tired of discussions about police accountability that come to nothing and we have taken part in too many debates to determine whether there is a problem of police violence in this country,” said the athletes.
“There is a problem. The world witnessed it when Constable Chauvin murdered George Floyd and the world continues to watch this problem now that law enforcement is deploying a huge presence in front of the police. peaceful protesters, like those who stood outside the White House last week, “they continue. “The time for the debate over the uncontrolled authority of the police is over. Now is the time for change.”
L’initiative de LeBron James
Baseball (MLB) stars Giancarlo Stanton, Matt Kemp, American football (NFL) Odell Beckham Jr., and basketball (NBA) JJ Redick are among the other signatories. The initiative of the American sports world comes more than two weeks after the death of George Floyd following his arrest on May 25 in Minneapolis, during which a police officer leaned with his knee on his neck for almost nine minutes. Since then, protests against racial injustice have taken place across the country and around the world.
The Players Coalition had its roots in 2016, when five NFL players spoke to U.S. lawmakers about racial inequality and needed criminal justice reform. “Now is the time to be accountable and call to action,” said New Orleans Saints player Demario Davis. “This letter to Congress is the first step we are taking at the national level. We hope that this letter and the bill it supports sends a signal to the Supreme Court and that it understands that we need a better justice system, ”he said.
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In addition, basketball star LeBron James on Wednesday announced the creation with other sportsmen of an association to promote the vote of black Americans in the run-up to the presidential election, as the country experiences a major movement. against racial discrimination.
The association called “More Than a Vote” aims to encourage African-Americans to register on the electoral rolls and to go to the polls in large numbers during the November 3 election. It also aims to combat anything that could hamper the ability of black voters to vote.
“Yes, we want you to go out and vote, but we also want to give you a tutorial on how to do that,” the NBA star explained. “We will explain how to vote and we will point out what they are doing on the other side to prevent you from voting,” James added to the New York Times.
Funded personally by the “King James”, the association will count among its members other sportsmen, such as basketball players Trae Young and Jalen Rose, the American football player Alvin Kamara or even celebrities such as the actor Kevin Hart, present at the tribute ceremony for George Floyd in Minneapolis in early June.