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Carmelo Anthony to Put Together Meeting to Address Police Violence

Joshua Dahl-USA TODAY Sports

Whether it be concerns about his lasting legacy or just tired of seeing his people shot down in the streets, Carmelo Anthony is stepping up to the plate.

According to ESPN.com, the Knicks star plans to organize a meeting with community leaders, athletes and politicians in Los Angeles on Monday.

Several issues will be on the table, including the recent shootings by and against police officers across the country.

“You have to keep the conversation going and dialogue going,” Anthony said Thursday at a Team USA workout in Las Vegas. “If you don’t, then you just become another tragedy that happens that everybody forgot about.”

Anthony smartly will keep the meetings closed off from the media.

“We want to get youth. We want to get kids. We want to get adults. We want to get officers. We want to get teachers,” Anthony said. “We want to get community leaders, athletes, everybody, having this conversation and talking on both sides, hearing each other out. It’s part of continuing what I started off.

“The problem is, people don’t have answers. I think everybody is searching for answers. People are searching for what to do and how to do it. We’re not going to find answers overnight. It’s not going to happen.”

Twice this month, Anthony has called on athletes to use their platforms to speak out on social issues, while also publicly addressing the issue in a speech at the ESPYS where he was joined by LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade.

-- Glenn Erby

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