Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is calling for a review of training policies for law enforcement across the country, saying the message NFL players are trying to send with their actions during the national anthem now needs some follow-through.
Baldwin gave a prepared statement on Thursday, similar to what teammate Richard Sherman did Wednesday. Baldwin said the situation has reached a point where action is needed. Baldwin said he has consulted with his father, a police officer, to gather information. "The situation that's upon us right now, what's going on in our country, it's devastating. ... We cannot tolerate this," Baldwin said.
Doug Baldwin begins his news conference reading from the US Constitution & calls for accountability.— Cale Ramaker (@CaleKIRO7) September 22, 2016
Doug Baldwin: demanding all 50 state Attorneys General review police training & emphasize deescalation over order.— Cale Ramaker (@CaleKIRO7) September 22, 2016
Washington’s attorney general reached out to Baldwin on Twitter after the news conference.
.@DougBaldwinJr Watched your press conference today with interest. I’ll be reaching out soon to see if you'd like to sit down and chat. -BF— WA Attorney General (@AGOWA) September 22, 2016
Baldwin and Sherman's statements came in the wake of a pair of police shootings this week, one in Charlotte, North Carolina; and another in Tulsa, Oklahoma.