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Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin among players to attend DA candidate town hall

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Several players from the Players’ Coalition had questions for a candidate for Alameda County DA.

Civil rights attorney Pamela Price is running for Alameda County District Attorney, and her campaign brought a chance for members of the Players’ Coalition to engage in discussion on topics of race and the law. Richard Sherman, Doug Baldwin, Malcolm Jenkins, and Johnson Bademosi were among those in attendance for a Q&A Price held in Oakland.

Melissa Jacobs, founder of The Football Girl, was on hand for the event, and got some great video of the discussions the players had with Price. Above, you can watch as Sherman shoots down the time-honored notion of professional athletes “sticking to sports.”

Sherman and Malcolm Jenkins both got Price to commit to various actions that impact many, but often have a disparate impact on blacks vs. whites. Sherman talked with her about the issue of charging youths as adults, while Jenkins asked her about the issue of suspending drivers licenses for non-payment of fines and fees. Price went into some detail about why that is important in committing to refrain from that kind of action. You can check out those videos below.

The Players’ Coalition is joining a growing number of people and groups pushing at the DA level for criminal justice reform. The most notable example recently saw civil rights attorney Larry Krasner elected DA in Philadelphia last November. More groups are pushing on this heading into elections this fall.

Richard Sherman

Malcolm Jenkins