Carmelo Anthony organizing forum to discuss police shootings
Carmelo Anthony is planning a private meeting next week in Los Angeles to discuss police shootings, he told reporters at Team USA practice Thursday.
The Knicks and USA forward has been outspoken on the topic in the past month, calling other athletes to action and speaking out multiple times about the killings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile by police and the shooting deaths of five Dallas police officers days later. He spoke out on the matter at the ESPYs with fellow NBA stars and close friends LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade.
Anthony said he will keep the meeting closed to media.
“You have to keep the conversation going and dialogue going,” Anthony said. “If you don't, then you just become another tragedy that happens that everybody forgot about.
“We want to get youth. We want to get kids. We want to get adults. We want to get officers. We want to get teachers,” Anthony added. “We want to get community leaders, athletes, everybody, having this conversation and talking on both sides, hearing each other out. It's part of continuing what I started off.
“The problem is, people don’t have answers. I think everybody is searching for answers. People are searching for what to do and how to do it. We’re not going to find answers overnight. It’s not going to happen.”
Anthony reportedly will hold the forum on Monday, which will be attended by his Team USA teammates and coaches, NBA TV’s Jared Greenberg said during the USA-China broadcast Sunday.