Ten­nis - Ser­ena Wil­liams writes she 'won't be silent' about po­lice killings

Malta Independent - - SPORT -

Star ten­nis player Ser­ena Wil­liams says she "won't be silent" about the killing of black men by po­lice of­fi­cers. Wil­liams wrote on Face­book on Tues­day that she was in­spired to speak out af­ter ask­ing her black 18-year-old nephew to drive her to a meet­ing. Their car trav­eled past a po­lice of­fi­cer, and Wil­liams "quickly checked to see if he was oblig­ing by the speed limit" so as to avoid an in­ter­ac­tion with the of­fi­cer. Wil­liams re­called "that hor­ri­ble video of the woman in the car when a cop shot her boyfriend" — a ref­er­ence to when Phi­lando Castile was shot by a Min­nesota po­lice of­fi­cer in July — and said she wor­ried about sim­i­lar fates for mem­bers of her fam­ily. Wil­liams also quoted Martin Luther King Jr., say­ing "there comes a time when si­lence is be­trayal," be­fore end­ing the post with "I Won't Be Silent."

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