Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins made news last season for his protests during the National Anthem in a show of solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. They were just two NFL players among many trying to stand up for social injustice in African American communities.
But those who follow the Eagles closely know that Jenkins is about more than simply protesting. He wants to be active in finding a solution to many of the problems facing our communities today.
At the Super Bowl he was presented the Byron "Whizzer" White award for his charitable efforts. And today, thanks to a feature done by Vice Sports, we got a look at a ride along Jenkins did in North Philadelphia with members of the Philly Police Department.
He also sat down with Police Commissioner Richard Ross and active members of local community organizations to try and find common ground.
"I think both sides are frustrated," Jenkins said. "The minute that we can both take ownership in the situation. Both be honest about our own feelings, our own shortcomings, our own victories, that's when we can get through stuff."
"You can be pro-police and pro-justice at the same time. You can stand for people that are being wronged without disrespecting police officers or without disrespecting law enforcement."
Local law enforcement knows there is work to be done on their side as well.
"We want our communities to respect us but we have to do the same for them," Commissioner Ross said.
You can watch the whole 12-minute segment below.