In the wake of the Dallas police shooting, the Dallas Cowboys started off their 2016 training camp this year by entering the field in waves, with the families of the fallen police officers at their side. Row after row of players and the families marched onto the field with linked arms to show respect to the officers. After the players and family members marched onto the field in four waves, everyone formed a circle to hold a moment of silence for the officers. Brown then gave a short speech and closed by shouting “Dallas strong.”
Family members of four out of the five officers who were killed in a sniper ambush during a Black Lives Matter rally were present at the Cowboy’s tribute, along with Dallas police Chief David Brown, and Mayor Mike Rawlings.
After the players and family members marched onto the field in four waves, everyone formed a circle to hold a moment of silence for the officers. Brown then gave a short speech and closed by shouting “Dallas strong.”
The event was especially meaningful to the officers present at the event. After the event in a news conference Brown said, “Our profession – and I’ve repeated this – hasn’t seen a lot of support from communities because of some of the problems we see in communities with police relationships. So support like this really is priceless.”
The Cowboys released a statement saying “Our players felt that there is no better example of what unity is – and can be about – than a sports team. And they felt they had the opportunity – for the first time they were together this year to send this very important message.” The organization held this event in hopes to put politics and social issues aside, and pay their respects to the officers who risk their lives every day to protect the Dallas community.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings gave his remarks at the ceremony after the event saying “I would like to say thank you to the Dallas Cowboys for lifting up a city today. Those families, those young kids – to be arm-in-arm with a quarterback, a coach or a big lineman – they’ll remember that for the rest of their lives.”
At the event, the Cowboys also released a helmet decal saying “arm in arm” circling a star to represent the Cowboys’ logo and the star that Dallas police officers wear. The decal was intended to be worn throughout the 2016 season, but has been recently rejected by the NFL and will not be worn.