Ain’t nothing like a really late apology

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell says he wished the league had “listened earlier” to Colin Kaepernick when he began protesting during the National Anthem back in 2016.

Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since he sparked controversy by sitting, then kneeling, during the National Anthem before several games to protest the police shootings of Black men and other social injustices faced by the Black community…

It is not about the flag,” said Goodell. “These are not people who are unpatriotic. They’re not disloyal. They’re not against our military. In fact many of those guys were in the military and they’re a military family.

“What they were trying to do is exercise their right to bring attention to something that needs to get fixed. That misrepresentation of who they were and what they were doing was the thing that really gnawed at me.”

The protest took place in 2017. More Black lives have ended in police murder.

Yup, things change. Slower than molasses hardly counts.

6 thoughts on “Ain’t nothing like a really late apology

    • Deadly force says:

      “Why police shoot so many times to bring down a suspect” https://kvia.com/news/us-world/2020/08/26/why-police-shoot-so-many-times-to-bring-down-a-suspect/

      “Mapping Police Violence” Interactive map (database updated as of 8/24/2020) https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/
      Based on this data https://mappingpoliceviolence.org/aboutthedata “Black people have been 28% of those killed by police since 2013 despite being only 13% of the population.” Statistically black people are 3 times more likely to be killed by police then white people and 1.3 times more likely to be unarmed.
      Also police have killed more people in the first half of 2020 than they did during this period in past years. It’s not about crime:

    • ...or a sharp stick in th eye says:

      “After three days of silence, nightly protests, fatal shootings at a protest and a wildcat strike across the sports world, Wisconsin law enforcement officials finally offered their first version of the Kenosha Police shooting of Jacob Blake.
      On Wednesday night, the Wisconsin Department of Justice Division of Criminal Investigation said the incident stemmed from a domestic dispute.
      Officers arrived and attempted to arrest Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, and used a Taser in a failed attempt to stop him, the DCI said. Blake walked around his vehicle, “opened the driver’s side door, and leaned forward,” the agency said.
      Kenosha Officer Rusten Sheskey, who has been with the department for seven years, then fired seven times into Blake’s back, the agency said. No other officer fired their weapon.
      The agency said Blake admitted he had a knife in his possession, and law enforcement agents said they recovered a knife from the driver’s side floorboard of Blake’s vehicle.
      The release is the first official police version of events but still leaves gaping holes in its timeline and only the outlines of an explanation. It does not indicate why police moved to arrest Blake, whether he brandished or threatened to use the knife, or why Sheskey shot so many times into Blake’s back, and it does not mention his children in the vehicle or other family members standing just feet away.” https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/27/us/jacob-blake-wisconsin-thursday/index.html
      “Kenosha Sheriff Says Vigilante Group Asked Him to Deputize Them” https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/kenosha-sheriff-says-vigilante-group-asked-him-to-deputize-them/2329038/ “A group calling itself the “Kenosha Guard” had earlier posted a call on social media asking “Any patriots willing to take up arms and defend [our] City tonight from the evil thugs?” The group wrote in later a post directed at Kenosha Police Chief Daniel Miskinis that it had more than 3,000 RSVPs and planned to mobilize Tuesday.”
      “Social Media Videos, Photos Show Deadly Shooting Scene Unfold in Kenosha” https://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/social-media-videos-photos-show-deadly-shooting-scene-unfold-in-kenosha/2328836/ (August 26, 2020 at 5:15 pm)

      • Sorry just don't cut it says:

        ‘They just need to disappear’: Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth once called for Black shoplifters to be ‘warehoused’ and kept from having children https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/08/28/kenosha-sheriff-aclu-protests-rittenhouse/
        Jacob Blake, who remains hospitalized after sustaining multiple injuries, is now handcuffed to his bed, his family said. https://www.cnn.com/2020/08/27/us/jacob-blake-wisconsin-thursday/index.html “This is an insult to injury,” Justin Blake, the uncle of the victim, said. “He is paralyzed and can’t walk and they have him cuffed to the bed. Why?”
        Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, has spent several days in the hospital. A Kenosha police officer shot him seven times in the back on Sunday while trying to detain him, state investigators said.
        Kenosha police and sheriff’s department, as well as the district attorney’s office, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

  1. Trigger happy says:

    KENOSHA, Wisconsin—Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen vigilante charged with murdering protesters in this city, allegedly shot one of them after they accosted him and threw a plastic bag in his direction. https://www.thedailybeast.com/teen-vigilante-kyle-rittenhouse-killed-unarmed-kenosha-protester-who-threw-plastic-bag-at-him-court-docs-sayThe big-time Blue Lives Matter fan allegedly armed himself with a Smith & Wesson AR-15 style .223 rifle and traveled half an hour from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday. He was photographed scrubbing graffiti off buildings earlier in the day, and told a reporter later that evening that he was acting as a civilian militia protecting businesses from being looted.
    Video interview: https://twitter.com/i/status/1298657958205820928
    Rittenhouse posted a TikTok video from President Trump’s January 30 rally in Des Moines just feet away from the podium. BuzzFeed News matched the clip with CSPAN footage that showed Rittenhouse standing in the front row as Trump spoke.
    The teenager’s Facebook page became unavailable shortly before the announcement of his arrest, but it included numerous photos with Blue Lives Matter-style pro-police slogans and imagery, as well as of an Armalite rifle similar to the one he appears to have been photographed carrying in Kenosha. https://www.thedailybeast.com/kyle-rittenhouse-17-year-old-suspect-charged-with-murder-after-two-killed-at-kenosha-protest?ref=home

    • 'Tunnel vision' says:

      “Don’t make 17-year-old Kenosha shooter a hero : The treatment of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse of Antioch shows why America has a policing problem. This 17-year-old vigilante is no hero.” https://chicago.suntimes.com/opinion/2020/8/28/21406302/kenosha-kyle-rittenhouse-no-hero-jacob-blake
      According to news reports, protesters actually shouted to police officers riding in armored trucks that the 17-year-old Rittenhouse had shot someone.
      When reporters asked Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth why Rittenhouse — who walked toward the police with his arms raised after the shootings — wasn’t taken into custody right then and there, Beth said he wasn’t sure but suspected the chaotic scene that included people running and screaming might have given officers “tunnel vision.”
      On Friday, Daniel Miskinis, Kenosha’s police chief, told reporters, “There was nothing to suggest [Rittenhouse] was involved in any criminal behavior.” [“My officers did nothing wrong in allowing teen gunman to walk away after allegedly killing 2 protesters, Kenosha police chief says” https://chicago.suntimes.com/2020/8/28/21406055/kyle-rittenhouse-jacob-blake-dan-miskinis-kenosha-shooting-police-protesters ]
      So Rittenhouse, who could not legally carry a deadly weapon because of his age, was allowed to go back to his home in Antioch [across state lines in Illinois] and get his story straight even though witnesses had identified him as the shooter.
      Do you really think a young African American male could walk down the middle of the street carrying a semi-automatic weapon after three people had just been shot and police wouldn’t stop him?

      Kyle Rittenhouse (left, with backwards cap) in Kenosha, Wisconsin, before allegedly murdering two protestors Tuesday night. (Adam Rogan/The Journal Times via AP)

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