DENVER — Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall met Tuesday with Denver police Chief Robert White.
“He asked a lot of questions. … ‘Why do police do some of the things they do?’ I was in a position to give him an explanation, a reasonable explanation, on most of those things,” White said.
White acknowledged Marshall and “a lot of other people” have questions about policing in America today.
“A lot of times citizens are asking, ‘How come the person didn’t get locked up?’ ‘How come the officer didn’t get indicted?’ ‘How come the officer didn’t get suspended?’ In most instances, they didn’t break the law. The question they’re really asking is, were those actions necessary?” White said.
White said his department is working to address that issue. It’s already made changes to make sure officers understand the legality of their actions and are using their discretion to do what is right for the community.
White said he want officers to go home to their families at the end of the day, but said it doesn’t end there.
“We want that person who is making a threat to the community or a police officer to go somewhere at the end of the day, other than the end of a bullet,” White said.
White said the Broncos called last week and asked if he’d meet with Marshall.
They planned to talk about Marshall’s controversial move to not stand during the playing of the national anthem before games, but it’s not clear if they discussed it.
Marshall has lost some lucrative endorsement deals because of his protest.
On Friday afternoon, Air Academy Federal Credit Union said it was ending its relationship with Marshall. And on Monday, CenturyLink terminated its contract with Marshall. And a sporting goods store canceled his in-store appearance.
Marshall said he is not against the military and not against the police.
Tweet me with the hashtag #askthechief and I'll pick certain questions that you guys want asked and I'll get back to you
— Brandon Marshall (@BMarshh) September 13, 2016
He took a knee during the singing of the anthem before the Broncos’ regular-season opener against the Carolina Panthers on Thursday.
The backlash has also included a Broncos fan, who burned his jersey in front of team headquarters in Englewood.
But Marshall said Monday he will not back down.
“I’m still doing what I believe in. It’s not going to make me lose sleep,” he said. “At the end of the day, I’m still going to play football but still do what I believe in.
“Everybody I talk to in the military, I know a lot of vets. People I see comment, they all support me. It’s everybody else that don’t support, people not in the military.”