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Amar'e 'upset' he couldn't join protest in NY

NEW YORK -- While protesters flooded the New York City streets for a second straight night following a grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer responsible for the choking death of Eric Garner, Amar'e Stoudemire was in the New York Knicks' locker room, answering questions about basketball.

But his mind was elsewhere.

"I'm pretty upset that I'm not protesting right now with the rest of the guys out there in New York," he said.

Stoudemire then offered his thoughts on the Garner situation.

"I think it's something that's -- it's very alarming in our country as far as that's concerned. We have to be more conscientious of what the law enforcement's job is, and that's to protect and serve," Stoudemire said. "Those two words are very strong when you think about that. Your first job is to protect and your second job is to serve. Obviously it's not happening that way."

Stoudemire wasn't the only athlete to address the grand jury's decision not to indict the police officer responsible for Garner's death, which has stirred emotion both locally and nationally.

Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James also shared his thoughts on Garner, as did New York Jets defensive end Sheldon Richardson.

"It's a sensitive subject right now. Violence is not the answer and retaliation isn't the solution," James said. "As a society we just have to do better. I pray for the families of the lost ones."

Stoudemire has been outspoken on social issues in the past, including the Trayvon Martin shooting in Florida in 2012.

He and teammate Carmelo Anthony wore hooded sweatshirts to honor Martin during warm-ups prior to a Knicks game in March 2012