“They don’t have the political power or the financial power to change the situation, so what will they do? The voices of the people who are rioting, who have no voice. That’s how they made their presence known.
“All I remember is a sign in Minneapolis that looked like, ‘Can you hear us now?’ I think that’s a very serious statement. “
Although Abdul-Jabbar says most police forces are not a problem, “something needs to change” about how African Americans are treated by a minority of law enforcement officers.
“There have always been some white Americans who understand that what they see is criminal and wrong and people can’t live with it, but nothing has changed.
“There is no way to get rid of the bad cops. We don’t want to get rid of the horrible men and women who are on our streets. We don’t want to get rid of them, but there are some bad cops among them, and we have a way to get rid of them. We need to find effective ways that don’t threaten the rest of the police, 99% of them who do such a great job day after day, and thank you for not doing so much time. “
‘Necessary but frustrated’
Meanwhile, San Antonio Spurs head coach Greg Popovich – a vocal and longtime critic of U.S. President Trump – called the U.S. president’s lack of leadership “incredible.”
In addition to criticizing President Trump, Popovich has never been ashamed to speak of racism or police brutality.
Although Popovich called the protest “necessary”, their organization has disappointed the 711-year-old coach.
“But if you just organize demonstrations and everyone is coming and going in every direction, it doesn’t work that way.
“If it was nonviolent, they knew it would be nonviolent, but it’s chaotic more if things are more integrated.”