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Thu, Sep 22, 2016

One day after Richard Sherman spoke out against police use of excessive force, one of his Seattle Seahawks teammates made a call to action.

Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin outlined a plan Thursday to evaluate standing policies for police across the country.

"As an american black male in this country, I'm suggesting calling -- I'm demanding -- that all 50 state attorney generals call for a review of their policies and training policies for police and law enforcement," Baldwin said in a prepared statement, "to eliminate militaristic cultures while putting a higher emphasis on de-escalation tactics and crisis-management measures."

Baldwin, whose father is a police officer, said he felt compelled to speak out after seeing the video of Terence Crutcher being fatally shot in Tulsa, Okla.

"There should not be an inherent risk when you have an encounter with law enforcement," Baldwin said. "There should not be a concern or worry that the law enforcement is not there to protect you. And I think we're raising a culture or society right now that is questioning that very sentiment. And so as a human being, I can't help but sit up here and tell you how I feel and let you know that it's not OK."

Baldwin wanted to make it clear, though, that his message isn't "an indictment of our law enforcement agencies."

"We know that there's a select few -- a very minute few -- of law enforcement who are not abiding by those laws and policies," he said. "We also know that there are laws and policies that are in place that are not correcting the issue that we have in our society right now."

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson reached out to Baldwin on Twitter shortly after the news conference and expressed an interest in holding a discussion.

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