— Players from the Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers and Carolina Panthers joined thousands of fans outside a San Francisco parking garage Wednesday afternoon to protest the practice of police officers locking cars and other vehicles into garages during the Super Bowl, the NFL said.
“The NFL Players Association will not stand idly by and allow this practice to continue, and will not allow our players to be victimized by it,” NFL spokeswoman Deena O’Connor said in a statement.
“This is unacceptable and must end.”
The players, who represent more than 400 teams, joined several thousand fans outside the parking lot at the Carlsbad Marina.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in the statement that he hopes the players and their families will take a stand on behalf of their families and their communities.
The players also demanded a change in the way police officers conduct their business, citing a 2013 incident in which they were handcuffed, handcuffed and put in a police car.
“We need to do more to prevent the use of force and to hold police officers accountable,” said quarterback Peyton Manning, whose team plays at New England in the Superbowl on Feb. 2.
“We are united, we are determined and we will not be cowed by this.”
Manning and Manning’s teammates and coach, Tony Dungy, issued a joint statement urging “law enforcement officers to do the right thing.”
The statement said the players have long criticized police tactics and were “deeply concerned” by the incident.
The protests followed a series of police shootings in the past year, including the killing of Laquan McDonald, a black 17-year-old who was shot dead by a white police officer in North Carolina.
The city and the nation have also been rocked by unrest following the deaths of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City.
The protests have drawn thousands of people to the streets in response to police killings and police brutality.
Thousands of demonstrators were seen outside the garage on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning, chanting, “Black lives matter!” and “Black is beautiful!”
They chanted “Black Lives Matter” in front of the entrance to the garage.
A man is detained by police officers at the parking garage after the Superdome in New Orleans on Jan. 30, 2019.
An African American woman cries as she and others march down the steps of the Super Dome in New Paris, France, on Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2019, as part of a demonstration against police brutality and police killings.
Protesters chant slogans in front a police vehicle after demonstrators block the entrance at the Supertour de Paris in Paris, northern France, Wednesday, January 28, 2020.
Demonstrators block the front entrance to a Superdrome in New Orleanes, Louisiana, on Jan, 28, 20.
Police confront demonstrators protesting police brutality in New London, Connecticut, U.S.A., on Wednesday.
Protests are held in New Delhi, India, on Tuesday, January 27, 2019 to mark International Women’s Day.
Riot police use water cannons to disperse a group of protesters on Monday, January 26, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey.
Two people, including a woman who was wearing a mask, are injured as police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators in the street outside a subway station in Hong Kong on Monday.
Hundreds of people rally in New Jersey on January 26 to protest police brutality, as well as other issues related to police brutality against the African American community.
Black people in New England hold up placards during a rally against police violence and racism on January 27.
More than 3,000 people took to the street in New Brunswick, New Brunswick in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.
Tear gas is used during a protest on Jan 27, 2020, in front the entrance of the Carlsbad Marina, which houses a Super Bowl game between the Denver Nuggets and the Carolina Panthers, in the San Diego, California.
Members of the media are seen outside a hotel on January 28.
People protest against police and racial discrimination at the entrance for the Supercade SuperdOME Super Bowl on Feb 2, 2020 in San Diego.
In the past month, police in New Hampshire, Alabama, Florida and Missouri have been accused of using excessive force in response of protests.
On Monday, three protesters were charged with assault after a clash between police and protesters.
President Donald Trump has been criticized for saying that protesters should be arrested when they block highways.
Some of the protesters are seen at the scene of a protest in New Hamburg, New Hampshire on January 29, 2020.(Getty Images) A protester is injured after police used tear gas during a demonstration on January 30, 2020 outside the Superpark, in San Jose, California.(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu