The Miami Police Department is investigating an alleged incident in July in which officers handcuffed and detained Denver Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall after a reported shooting in the area, reportsThe Denver Post.
Marshall told the Post that he was leaving a restaurant with acquaintances on July 4 when gunfire rang out. Marshall says after the shots, five police officers detained him when an unidentified woman directing traffic ordered police to stop him.
"They tried to take me down up top, then they tried to grab my legs," Marshall said to the Post. "One of the cops pointed a Taser at my chest. They handcuffed me, and I heard one say, 'Take him in for resisting.'"
Marshall was released a short time later.
“They told me, ‘Look, we’re not going to take you in as long as you keep this between us,'” Marshall said.
Marshall says the incident is one of the reasons he decided to kneel before the playing of the national anthem.
Because of the protest, Marshall lost two local sponsorship deals. He also met Denver police chief Robert White to discuss his concerns over police brutality and racial inequality.
"One thing I have an issue with is people are really, extremely [ticked] off and mad about us kneeling and protesting peacefully," Marshall said. "How come they don't have that same type of anger toward the situations that are going on?"
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