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Broncos players, coaches to march in protest of police brutality Saturday

The event will begin at the state capitol building with players have a chance to address the crowd. Kareem Jackson helped galvanize the march.
Credit: AP Photo/Jack Dempsey
Denver Broncos defensive back Kareem Jackson (22) reacts with teammates after intercepting a pass during the second half of an NFL football game against the Tennessee Titans, Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019, in Denver.

DENVER — Broncos players and coaches will march together through downtown Denver on Saturday afternoon in a peaceful demonstration against police brutality, 9NEWS has learned.

The Broncos will congregate at the Colorado State Capitol at 12:30 p.m. where players and coaches will meet with government officials, including mayors and Denver police chief Paul Pazen. The players will then have an opportunity to speak to the crowd. The players and coaches will then lead a march through downtown Denver.

Broncos veteran safety Kareem Jackson said Tuesday during a Zoom conference call with the Denver media that he wanted to "put some actions behind our words," and organize a march. 

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“We have to figure out what we can do, not only as a team, but as an organization,'' Jackson said. "How can we get out and how can we impact the Denver community? Maybe we can get out and put together a march as a team or something like that. I feel like we have to get out in the community and be heard, just with the opportunities that we have as professional athletes. I think it’s huge for us to be heard and it’s huge for us to be out in the community so everyone can see us and know that we stand behind them.''

Reached briefly Friday, Jackson said "he and a few other guys helped put it together."

Denver mayor Michael Hancock is attending an out-of-state funeral Saturday and will not be able to join the Broncos in their march. But he is pleased with the Broncos players for stepping up.

"It's phenomenal,'' Hancock said. "We had a town meeting today with the Denver Nuggets and anytime professional athletes step up to join a demonstration on such an important matter with the community in a peaceful way it carries great impact. For guys like Kareem to take the lead with his teammates and join hands with people who are the same age of people who are out there demonstrating for change is a productive manner, it carries a phenomenal impact. These guys are icons. The community looks up to them." 

Hancock added some Nuggets players, in particular Gary Harris, were hoping to join the Broncos in their march Saturday. Floyd’s death has sparked week-long peaceful protests and nights of violent riots across the country.

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