Police-bashing NFL gives grant to group seeking to dismantle Los Angeles school police agency

LOS ANGELES, CA- Once again, the National Football League has given a middle finger to police, albeit indirectly. Breitbart tells us that the Los Angeles Super Bowl Host Committee awarded a grant to an activist group looking to dismantle the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)Police Department.

The committee announced a series of grants to different community organizations last Thursday. Included among those groups was one called the Brothers, Sons, Selves Coalition (BSS).

The committee explained the grant was given due to the group “making a transformative impact in underserved communities.”

The group, which has the appropriately “BS” contained in their acronym is described as “a group of ten community-based organizations” whose mission is “to end the criminalization of young bois [?]/boys and men of color by creating and  influencing public policy that invests in young people and their future.”

That of course is code for “not prosecuting young boys and men of color for committing crimes.”

So how exactly does the BSS plan on doing so? They are looking to “decriminalize” and “invest in young people” by dismantling the LAUSD Police Department.

Working in cahoots with the Los Angeles Chapter of the neo-Marxist Black Lives Matter organization, the group seeks to force LA lawmakers to take funding which is currently director to the LAUSD police and redirect it to programs and initiatives such as “school climate officers,” “black-centered courses,” and “restorative justice counselors.”

“Black-centered courses” is of course not-so-code word for critical race theory.

While they have thus far been unsuccessful in totally eliminating the police department, the BSS and their cohorts have been successful in forcing the school board to remove $25 million from the district police department’s budget.

They also succeeded in removing police officers from school campuses, which cost 133 police officers and related support staff their jobs.

Feckless and useless NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, in announcing the grants said he was proud to help “shine the Super Bowl spotlight onto the achievements of local community organizations that often go unrecognized.”

Included in that assistance which will be provided by the host committee includes “a $10,000 grant award, a professionally produced marketing video spotlighting their organization, and public recognition of their work in the lead up the Super Bowl.”

In addition, six out of the 56 groups selected to receive grants are eligible to receive an additional $50,000 grant at a later time.

The NFL of course was among the leading “woke” professional sports leagues after has-been former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick tried to gain some semblance of relevance several years ago by kneeling for the national anthem. Kaepernick’s stunt led to a backlash against the league by patriotic NFL fans, who objected to the sideshow.

The NFL didn’t seem to care and after initially coming out against Kaepernick’s stunt, bowed to the woke minority of NFL fans and political correctness and established a 10-year, $250 million social justice fund.

Last year, a number of NFL stadiums posted tributes to George Floyd, a career-criminal who died while in custody of the Minneapolis police department and whose death was partially caused by former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was subsequently convicted of 2nd Degree Murder in his death.

Despite coming out against alleged “systemic racism” and “systemic police brutality,” the NFL has done little to police its own house when it comes to criminal activity by its players, which includes robberies, domestic violence and at least in several cases, shootings.

Likewise, the NFL has taken insignificant steps to address the significant head injuries suffered by some players, which includes both traumatic brain injury (TBI) and chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE). CTE was blamed for the suicide of former NFL star Junior Seau, as well as believed to have played a part in the criminal history of former New England Patriots star tight end Aaron Hernandez.

Hernandez’s CTE, which was called among one of the most advanced such cases found among NFL players is partially blamed for his criminal involvement, which included the shooting death of Odin Lloyd outside of Boston, for which Hernandez was convicted.

He committed suicide in a Massachusetts jail in 2017.

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Some NFL teams do however try to do things the right way where it concerns law enforcement. One such case is the Green Bay Packers, who late last year donated funds for the Green Bay Police Department to defray the costs of body cameras for officers. For more on that, we invite you to:

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The following editorial is written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

GREEN BAY, WI — Let us call this a tale of two stories. Or more accurately, a tale how one story is reported two different ways. And once again, we see a sports outlet, in this case Deadspin and not ESPN, stick their nose into the world of social justice. In a word Deadspin, stick to sports.

This whole thing of sports butting into social justice has not worked out well for ESPN, the NBA, the NFL or Major League Baseball. All bled viewers after they joined the land of the woke. Let us explain.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that the Green Bay Packers donated $750,000 to the city of Green Bay to help with the purchase of body cameras.

The city council approved the purchase agreement, which will take the form of a five-year purchase agreement with a camera vendor which came after summer protests related to the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the shooting of accused rapist Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The city has been looking to purchase body cameras for some time, with the impetus being a fatal shooting in the sally port of the Brown County Jail, an incident which was only partially recorded by in-car cameras in a patrol car.

The department has committed to spending $1.9 million over five years on body cameras, upgraded in-car cameras for patrol vehicles, and Tasers. All sworn officers will be equipped with body cameras, which includes patrol officers, detectives and school resource officers.

One Packers player, wide receiver Devante Adams released a video, in which the said:

“Those bodycams can obviously tell the entire story. There’s been a lot of questionable things that have happened, a lot of things caught on camera. It just makes you wonder about all the things that aren’t caught on camera.”

Fair enough.

The Packers will also help the Brown County Sheriff’s Department and Ashwaubenon Public Safety buy body cameras as well.

Great community outreach for the Green Bay Packers, correct? A lot of NFL teams have been criticized for kneeling for the national anthem, ostensibly to protest against police brutality, so credit to the Packers for attempting to bridge that gap.

This, however, is not good enough for Deadspin. A writer named Carron J. Phillips has a big problem with what the Packers are doing.

His opening sentence:

“In another edition of the NFL trying to do right, yet failing, the Green Bay Packers recently gave more than $750,000 to the city of Green Bay for police body cameras in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., according to The Washington Post.”

Phillips does not believe, as the team does, that such a move will increase “local police accountability,” referring to the term as an “oxymoron.”

The CEO of the Packers, Mark Murphy, told The Washington Post:

“Where are the areas where you can make an impact? The nice thing about bodycams is, there’s pretty much a consensus these are good things to have. The only people against it are bad cops and criminals.”

And apparently, sports writers.

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Murphy then spoke about the protests with Colin Kaepernick and the fact that the team has been supporters of their players. Then referring to the Blake shooting, right in the Packers’ “backyard,” it became an inflection point, he said.

He noted the position of the team within the community and the hope they could help impact change. Nothing wrong with that, right? Wrong.

According to Phillips, that is a good intention but bad execution. He then rails against the city because they’ve wanted to get body cameras for at least five years but found the cost to be too expensive. Then in snarky condescension, Phillips says, “how convenient.”

You see, Phillips thinks that body cameras are not an “antidote to racism and police brutality.” The fact of the matter is, nobody says that they are. That matters not to Phillips however, as he went on Google and searched for “Black people killed—police body cameras.”

You see, apparently Phillips thinks the mere presence of police body cameras are supposed to “prevent” the shootings of black people. In fact, one of the links he sourced, the shooting of Walter Wallace Jr., in Philadelphia earlier this year, was clearly an authorized use of deadly physical force.

Wallace approached two Philadelphia police officers while armed with a knife. Despite being told to drop the knife, Wallace kept advancing on the cops and was shot.

In yet another link Phillips shared, they cited the shooting of Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, another case where police were justified in using deadly physical force when Brooks took a Taser belonging to one of the officers and turned to fire it at the police.

The District Attorney for Fulton County, who had just the week before referred to Tasers as “deadly weapons,” nonetheless charged the officer with murder, this time alleging a Taser was NOT a deadly weapon.

In fact, most of the cases which Phillips cited, for which he patted himself on the back for his Google prowess, were legitimate police shootings, not so-called “police brutality” as he alleged.

But in his best imitation of ESPN, Phillips in his best snarky way criticizes the Packers for not having the apparent Google prowess he possesses and suggested that perhaps they should have “asked some black people who do not suit up for them each Sunday and are not on the payroll.” Oooh, zing!

The only area in which Phillips represents having more than a couple of brain cells inside his skull is when he notes that body cameras do not work if they are not turned on. Pure genius.

Maybe he took a football or two to the head while covering the sport. Yeah, we get it, cameras have to be turned on. However on the rare occasion when a body camera is not turned on, it does not diminish the overall usefulness of the program.

His last statement is probably the most laughable and shows this guy is true media bias. He somehow believes that body cameras enable “systemic oppression”:

“If the Green Bay Packers truly wanted to increase ‘local police accountability,’ they wouldn’t have helped the department buy technology that doesn’t dismantle systemic oppression, but oftentimes enables it.”

Look, you can not have it both ways. What Phillips probably has an issue with is the fact that by having body cameras, they have shown that overwhelmingly police are not racist, and they do not use deadly physical force unless they have to. In other words, they do not support the narrative.

Let me just say, Mr. Phillips, that you are a bit out of your league here reporting on police and law enforcement. Maybe stick to your wheelhouse, if you in fact have one. Have some of those lemon-peppered wings you seem to like (real men eat Buffalo wings, by the way) and have a little bit of that brown liquor you favor.

When you want some real research on the effectiveness of body cameras, hit us up. We will give you the real information. Meantime, keep trying to strive for some importance and maybe you can get a gig like Jemele Hill did, another misinformed sports “reporter.”

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