You might remember that in September, Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall knelt as a way to protest law enforcement’s treatment of black people when the national anthem played prior to Denver’s season opener against the Carolina Panthers.
A meeting between Marshall and Denver Police Chief Robert White ensued. Among the things Marshall and White talked about that day was the simulator the Denver Police Department uses to prepare its law-enforcement officers for shooting — and not shooting — their guns in different situations.
White offered Marshall the opportunity to try out the VirTra V-300 simulator. Now with Denver’s season over, it appears Marshall took White up on that offer.
The 51-second video the Denver Police Department posted on its Facebook page Thursday provided a sneak peek of Marshall in the simulator, which is capable of presenting those who step inside with more than 100 virtual scenarios.
“Coming in here I thought it was going to be a ‘Call of Duty’ thing,” Marshall said, referencing the popular video game. “I could just go around and shoot the bad guys.”
“I was up here sweating, not really sure what to do or what to say.”
The full footage from Marshall’s experience will be available at 1:05 p.m. Sunday on the Denver Police Department’s Facebook page.
Marshall also said in September that he’d donate $300 to various local organizations for every tackle he made this season. He had 52 tackles, which would amount to $15,600.
On Thursday, Sept. 8, I took a knee for the National Anthem to take a stand against social injustice. My intent was not to offend anyone but rather to simply raise awareness and create some dialogue toward affecting positive change in our communities. In the last week, I’ve had a lot of productive conversations with people I respect, including Chief White of the Denver Police Department. I really appreciate all of them taking the time to listen to me and offer some insight and feedback on ways we can all make a difference. I’ve also had a lot of time to personally reflect on important issues such as race and gender equality, the treatment of our military veterans, our relationship with law enforcement, educational opportunities for our youth, and many more. I recognize and applaud the significant progress that has been made in these areas made possible only through the hard work of so many dedicated leaders. But, it’s clear there is so much more work to be done by all of us. Together, we all need to Stand Up for change. This starts with me. My work with the Rose Andom Center to stop domestic violence is fulfilling and close to my heart. But I need to do more. I plan to be involved with several other organizations that benefit the Denver community and others through the services, awareness and funds they provide for these critical social issues. And I will donate 300 dollars for every tackle I make this season to those programs. You can track these contributions on social media through #TackleChange. I’m truly grateful for the support I’ve received from so many people, especially my teammates. I look forward to preparing with them and focusing on an important game Sunday against the Colts.
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