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LAPD union, 49ers team up to advocate against gun accessories, including bump stocks




K'Waun Williams #24, Arik Armstead #91 and Eli Harold #57 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel while holding their hands over their chest during the national anthem before playing against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 15, 2017 in Landover, Maryland.
K'Waun Williams #24, Arik Armstead #91 and Eli Harold #57 of the San Francisco 49ers kneel while holding their hands over their chest during the national anthem before playing against the Washington Redskins at FedExField on October 15, 2017 in Landover, Maryland.
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The LAPD union, the Los Angeles Police Protective League, is joining with other law enforcement unions across the country, as well as the San Francisco 49ers, to push for a ban on gun silencers, bump stocks and armor-piercing ammunition in their “Pledge for a More Understanding and Safer America.”

The initiative will be officially announced and signed today, Thursday, at Levi’s Stadium, and is meant to inspire professional sports teams and law enforcement to improve police-community relations. In addition to advocating against certain gun accessories, the coalition has also said they would advocate for mental health services.

The 49ers have promised $500,000 to this campaign. This is part of their larger push to work with law enforcement, perhaps born from Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling at the national anthem in 2016 to protest the shootings of unarmed black people by police. This pledge may be meant to address or circumvent the recent controversy over national anthem protests by NFL players.

Why wasn’t the San Francisco police union part of the pledge? In what ways have the 49ers and law enforcement worked together? What do you think of this messaging?

Guests:

Robert Salonga, crime and public safety reporter for The Mercury News; he tweets @robertsalonga

Craig Lally, president of the Los Angeles Police Protective League, the labor union representing LAPD officers