On July 7, 2016, Black Lives Matter supporter Micah Xavier Johnson ambushed and fired upon a group of police officers working a Black Lives Matter protest in Dallas, Texas. johnson murdered five police officers and injured nine others in the shooting.
The deceased officers were veterans and fathers: From top left clockwise, Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens and Michael J. Smith.
The National Football League refused to allow Dallas Cowboys players to honor the slain officers with helmet decals.
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Sports Day reported:
The Arm in Arm decal the Cowboys unveiled to open training camp won’t be on their helmets when the club opens its preseason schedule Saturday at the Los Angeles Rams.
The Cowboys heard back from the NFL on Wednesday and were told by league officials they can’t wear the decal during any preseason or regular-season games, executive vice president Stephen Jones said. Jones added that the Cowboys can wear the decal during training camp practices.
“Everyone has to be uniform with the league and the other 31 teams,” Jones said after practice Wednesday. “We respect their decision.”