Landover, Md. – Washington Redskins wide receiver DeSean Jackson has seen other NFL players protest police actions across the country that have killed unarmed black men. He was one of the few Redskins players raising their fist in the air during the national anthem before a recent game. On Sunday, he wanted to make sure his message of change carried on throughout the game and beyond as well.
Jackson was wearing special cleats for the game that showed yellow crime tape generally used during crime scenes to keep the public from police officers while investigations are underway.
“I’ve seen too much yellow tape in my life,” Jackson said after the game.
He’s hoping the shoes are the first step in being proactive and easing public frustrations between communities and police departments nationwide.
“You know it's a tough situation we're dealing with in society,” said Jackson. “Until we figure out a solution... to get into these communities to talk to these kids and if its talking to police too whatever to help kids whatever we need to find a solution.”
Jackson did point out that his footwear should not be seen as a protest of the work that most police officers do.
"This isn’t meant to be any kind of protest against the good men and women in law enforcement in this country," said Jackson. "I just want to express my concern in a peaceful and productive way about issues that are currently impacting our country.”