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Doug Baldwin, Michael Bennett Discuss Police Violence, Shootings

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured ColumnistSeptember 22, 2016

CHARLOTTE, NC - JANUARY 17:  Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks reacts during the NFC Divisional Playoff Game against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium on January 17, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Following teammate Richard Sherman's lead, Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and defensive end Michael Bennett took time Thursday to discuss the recent police shootings of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott.

According to the Seattle Times' Bob Condotta, Baldwin said he wants the attorney general from all 50 states to examine police tactics in depth.

He added the current state of affairs is "devastating" and "intolerable," per ESPN.com's Sheil Kapadia.

NFL.com provided a full look at Baldwin's comments: 

Bennett said he agrees "with everything that Doug is saying," per Stephen Cohen of SeattlePI.com.

"I actually think Hillary Clinton should listen to Doug Baldwin and hear what he's saying," Bennett said, per Bell. "She'd get my vote if she listened."

According to Bell, the Pro Bowl pass-rusher added he and Baldwin have sat down with members of local law enforcement and state officials "to make a change."

During his media availability Wednesday, Sherman spoke at length about the issue.

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The Associated Press' Tim Booth shared a clip of Sherman's statement:

Tim Booth @ByTimBooth

#Seahawks Richard Sherman did not take questions today. Instead made this statement: https://t.co/UudYnm5PTs

In response to Baldwin, the Washington Attorney General's office tweeted it would get in touch with the wide receiver to "sit down and chat."

Police violence has been a hot-button issue in the United States over the last few years, and the deaths of Crutcher and Scott again pushed it to the fore.

According to CNN's Max Blau, Jason Morris and Catherine E. Shoichet, an officer in Tulsa, Oklahoma, shot and killed Crutcher on Friday after finding his car stopped in the middle of the road. On Tuesday, Charlotte, North Carolina, police shot Scott while attempting to serve a warrant for another man, per CNN's Steve Almasy.

Scott's shooting sparked violent protests in Charlotte. According to USA Today's Tonya Maxwell and Melanie Eversley, one civilian was shot, and another four police officers were wounded during Wednesday night's protests.

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