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Means and Brooks were in one squad car, Jenkins in another with a young officer from the 25th District. The night was a ature moment in Phase II of the movement in which players across the NFL are adding more off-field action to their on-field protests. Motivated to help improve the relationship between police and the community, Jenkins wants to view things from the law-enforcement perspective so he can gain an understanding of where some fears and biases come from, and go at the issue from there.
Captain [Michael] Cram was an awesome example of how it should look when you have an officer that actually cares about the well being of the people in the community he serves. We show up and people are hugging him; they genuinely have a friendship where they can tell him some hard stuff, whatever they need for him to do better, and he can talk about what he needs from them. Nobody was shot, but in the area there were kids everywhere, and some dude was shooting at a car that fled or something and a couple bullets went astray. This lady lived in that area for 40 years. All she does is go home -- go to work, come home and stay in the house.
Brooks and Means got a unique vantage point as well. The two players were standing on a city street talking to a few women when some kids approached on bike. The cops called them over, but the kids were apprehensive. Encouraged by the Eagles players, they approached the police car, and eventually they all began to have a catch. Jenkins has described the act of protesting as a "lonely feeling," but Sunday night was the first time he was truly alone. The national anthem began, and Jenkins -- as he has since Week 2 of the regular season -- raised his right fist above his head and kept it there until the final note rang out and the flag began to fold.
Means and Smith stopped after one game. That left Jenkins and Brooks, who have stood side by side in the weeks since. But Brooks did not travel to Texas after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured quadriceps tendon, so before the Cowboys game Sunday, Jenkins was the lone demonstrator. The overall of NFL players undertaking such protests appears to have gone down slightly from the peak around Week 3, following police shootings in Charlotte and Tulsa, Oklahoma.
But there are still dozens around the NFL who continue to push forward the movement started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. The protests have been met with both resistance and gratitude, proved to be divisive and unifying, and had effects both expected and unintentional. It is having a direct impact on the of people watching the sport, depending on whom you ask.
In a poll conducted by Yahoo! Sports and YouGov , 40 percent of those who said they are watching the NFL less cited the protests as the reason. And in a recent study conducted by Seton Hall , 56 percent of respondents cited players not standing for the anthem as a factor in the decline of NFL viewership. So those people who feel that strongly, those are the people I would challenge to look into what it is these players are actually protesting about.
This movement is one part organic. New players in, other players drop out, and those who are moved to act do so based largely on what they are passionate about and what their respective communities need. But it is also one part coordinated.
There is communication among a core group of players across the league intent on making a difference on a larger scale. And those who are still standing tall, those are the guys that are kind of linking together. During his night in the Badlands, Cram and his community needed Jenkins to listen, observe and then talk. Cram explained that in his district, 34 people have died this year and have been shot, and none was at the hands of police. Jenkins was asked to take all that in, and then see the work dedicated citizens and officers put in to fight against it, which is evident at the regular community meetings Cram and his crew have helped establish.
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