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Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland Browns Player, Protests Shootings With Shirt

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In this Dec. 14, 2014, photo Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins wears a shirt calling attention to two black Ohioans killed during encounters with law enforcement before an NFL football game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Cleveland. (Tony Dejak/AP Photo)

By    |   Monday, 15 Dec 2014 02:53 PM

Andrew Hawkins, wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, wore a T-shirt Sunday supporting two black Ohioans killed during encounters with law enforcement, a decision the NFL team said they respected.

Hawkins wore the black shirt during pre-game warmups and introductions for Cleveland's home game against Cincinnati, according to The Associated Press. The messages read: "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford" on the front and "The Real Battle for Ohio" on the back.

The 12-year-old Rice died Nov. 22 after he was shot by a rookie officer investigating a complaint about the youngster, who was carrying a fake gun. Crawford, 22, was fatally shot Aug. 5 while holding an air-pellet rifle inside a Walmart in Beavercreek, Ohio.

Cleveland police union president Jeff Follmer told cleveland.com that Hawkins is "disrespecting the police on a job that we had to do and make a split-second decision."

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Andrew Hawkins, wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns, wore a T-shirt Sunday supporting two black Ohioans killed during encounters with law enforcement, a decision the NFL team said they respected.
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