The NFL’s Green Bay Packers are giving back to their community by making a nearly $1.95 million donation to their local police department.
The Packers made the announcement on Wednesday that they had bought the Green Bay Police Department safety technology as well as made a $757,000 contribution. In total, the team reports that it was around $1.95 million.
In a statement made by the Green Bay Packers CEO, Mark Murphy, the donation was to help promote racial equality.
“As an organization, we are committed to using our platform and providing resources to help achieve racial equity and social justice,” Murphy said. “In conversations with our players, community partners, and elected officials, we determined that supporting this purchase would complement our many other efforts to address injustices in our communities of color. The cameras will also help the police perform their duties more effectively and benefit the local community. We are proud to be working with Green Bay and Axon to bring this technology to our city in order to enhance public safety and affect meaningful change.”
According to Axon’s website, their network “connects people, devices, and apps to protect life in all regards. The Axon ecosystem gives public safety leaders new tools to protect life.”
In addition, Murphy says that the majority of people love the use of the new body cameras, excluding only “criminals and bad cops.”
“What are the areas where you can make an impact,” he said. “The nice thing about the body cams is, there’s pretty much a consensus these are good things to have. The only people against it are bad cops and criminals.”
Green Bay Packers Go Above and Beyond
“These have been issues for years. Obviously, it came to a head a couple years ago with Colin Kaepernick and the protest. We’ve always been very supportive of our players. At least in my mind, for us, the Jacob Blake shooting happened right in our backyard. To me, it was kind of an inflection point. We can’t just raise these issues. We can’t just make people aware of them, we need to move beyond that. We’re in a very privileged position as an organization where we can help impact change. We have a responsibility to do that.”
The department will also work with Axon to help improve officers’ responses to issues and make recommendations for the future. For example, they will be working on things like “empathy or mental health response training.”
[H/T Fox News]