October 18, 2017

Police Chief Does Something INCREDIBLE After Hockey Player Protests the National Anthem

Kristin TateRebel Buzz Contributor

When Tampa’s interim Police Chief Brian Dugan saw a hockey player protest the national anthem, he decided to take action. 

J.T. Brown, a player for the Tampa Bay Lightening in the National Hockey League (NHL), raised his right fist during the national anthem during a recent game. Like NFL players during recent weeks, Brown was aiming to raise awareness of police brutality and racism against minorities. 

 

In a statement on Twitter, Brown wrote, "There comes a time where you cannot remain silent, hoping and wishing for a change. It takes much more."

When Police Chief Brian Dugan saw Brown raise his fist, he invited the hockey player to come down to the police department and get a glimpse of what police officers endure on a daily basis. Brown took him up on the offer. 

The result was what many people may least expect... 

Lightning player J.T. Brown had nowhere to hide when shots were fired at him during a simulation with the Tampa Police Department. The bullets flying were blanks, but Brown was role-playing as a police officer in the Tampa Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.

Tampa’s interim police Chief Brian Dugan invited the Lightning wing out to gain some insight after Dugan saw an image of Brown raising his right fist during the national anthem.

“I wanted to know why he did it and what was he thinking,” Dugan said.

Brown was following the path of NFL players who have knelt or sat during the anthem in protest to raise awareness of police brutality and racial injustice. He says after his experience with the Tampa Police Department, he has a better understanding of the dangers police face every day.

 

During a time when our nation remains divided, it's heartwarming to see this kind of understanding on both sides. It was honorable for Chief Dugan to invite Brown to the police station--and it was brave of Brown to accept that offer while remaining open minded. 

With a bit of understanding and outreach, perhaps our divided nation can begin to heal. 

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commented 2017-10-19 02:59:31 -0400
Other players should have taken matters into their own hands. This is hockey. You can just fight the other guy.
commented 2017-10-18 17:11:05 -0400
Contrary to popular understanding, according to black Conservative activist, Larry Elder, fewer blacks are killed by policeman proportionately, than are white during a take-down. Police are less willing to arrest a black man, than a white man for minor crimes because they don’t want to be seen as racist. Elder states that the idea that large numbers of blacks are killed by police is a myth perpetrated by Black Lives Matter and the MSM in order to divide us and has no basis in fact. He advises concerned people to look at black on black crime. In 2016, 91% of blacks were killed by other blacks.
commented 2017-10-18 16:45:19 -0400
Good to see that maybe this guy will get a dose of reality.
commented 2017-10-18 15:21:14 -0400
Dialogue and research is what people need to do more of.