At a Brooklyn rally, these NYPD cops showed their solidarity with Colin Kaepernick, and admitted that brutality and racism within the police force are major problems, by raising a fist and taking a knee in an effort to help him find a team. Kaepernick’s public stance against racism and police violence is what caused his current unemployment.
According to the Associated Press, about 75 police officers rallied together in Brooklyn wearing matching black T-shirts that read, “#imwithkap,” on the front.
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“What Colin Kaepernick did is try to bring awareness that this nation unfortunately has ignored for far too long,” said NYPD Sgt. Edwin Raymond, who helped organize the Brooklyn event.
“And that’s the issue of racism in America and policing in America. We decided to gather here today because of the way he’s being railroaded for speaking the obvious truth.”
Kaepernick, 29, is without an NFL job so far this year after he began kneeling during the national anthem before games last season. He began kneeling to bring awareness to police brutality and racism.
Near the end of the rally, all involved raised their fists and took a synchronized knee in support of the one-time San Francisco quarterback who led the team to a Super Bowl victory in 2013.
Veteran quarterback Kaepernick remains unsigned after opting out of his contract with the 49ers.
“The fact that this man is no longer in the NFL has nothing to do with stats on the football field, but for taking a knee and pointing out some of the flaws that have been tormenting people of color in this country for decades,” said Darius Gordon of the Justice League NYC.
Speaker Stanley Fritz of Citizen Action of New York also believes Kaepernick has been blacklisted over his politics.
“Colin took a knee because so many black and brown bodies have seen violence put against them with no repercussions,” said Fritz.
“And because of that, despite of his obvious ability to play on the field, he’s being blocked from joining a team.”
Legendary NYPD whistleblower Frank Serpico returned to his native borough to add his voice in backing Kaepernick.
“I am here to support anyone who has the courage to stand up against injustice and oppression anywhere in this country and the world,” said the 81-year-old former detective.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said recently that the accusations aren’t true.
“He can’t be because we’re not,” Goodell said last month. “The clubs are making those individual evaluations.”
(Article By James Carter)