‘No apology is necessary’: Cleveland Police Chief responds to player’s t-shirt

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CLEVELAND — Cleveland Police Chief Calvin Williams says Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins was well within his rights to wear a t-shirt before Sunday’s game, that has since caused some controversy.

(Photo Credit: Fox 8 News)

(Photo Credit: Fox 8 News)

Hawkins wore a shirt that read, “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford” on the front and “The Real Battle for Ohio” on the back.

“The number one reason for me wearing the shirt was the thought of what happened to Tamir Rice happening to my son Austin.  It scares the living hell out of me,” said an emotional Hawkins Monday afternoon.

Cleveland Police Union president Jeff Follmer has since demanded an apology from Hawkins, as well as the Browns organization.

Chief Williams released the following statement Tuesday:

“It is important to note that the comments made by Mr. Folmer do not represent the views of the Cleveland Division of Police.  The Division of Police respects the rights of individuals to peacefully demonstrate their personal views and opinions.  Mr. Hawkins was certainly well within his rights to express his views and no apology is necessary.”

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