Anquan Boldin wants to end qualified immunity (QI). As SportsCasting reports, the longtime Arizona Cardinals receiver “has gone from celebrating touchdowns to fighting for equality.”
Boldin is a co-founder of the Players Coalition, one of the Campaign to End Qualified Immunity’s top partners. The coalition is a group of more than 1,000 athletes calling for police reform. Last June, the Players Coalition spoke out against QI in the wake of George Floyd’s death. They submitted a letter to Congress in support of the federal Ending Qualified Immunity Act.
The SportsCasting profile reveals that a family tragedy prompted Anquan Boldin’s activism.
In 2015, Boldin’s cousin, Corey Jones, was fatally shot by a plainclothes officer in Florida. Although the officer who killed Jones was sentenced 25 years for manslaughter, the article also notes: “Prior to [that], a Florida officer hadn’t been convicted in an on-duty shooting in 30 years.”
“Anquan Boldin has spent recent years trying to ensure that other families don’t have to endure what his went through when Corey Jones died,” the article continues.
Anquan Boldin has been working on that through the Players Coalition and his commitment to end QI.