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Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins wore a shirt demanding justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford before today's game against the Bengals, and the act so infuriated Cleveland cops that the city's police union president is now demanding the team apologize—calling Hawkins's statement (and one previously by Johnson Bademosi) "pathetic."


Police Patrolman Union president Jeff Follmer sent the following statement to Cleveland's WEWS:

It's pretty pathetic when athletes think they know the law. They should stick to what they know best on the field. The Cleveland Police protect and serve the Browns stadium and the Browns organization owes us an apology.

That echoes the tone-deaf response issued by St. Louis police in the wake of Rams players' "Hands up, don't shoot" gesture weeks ago, if more brief and, somehow, ridiculous.


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