46-year-old unarmed black man, George Floyd, was killed by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin by keeping his knee on his neck while he couldn’t breathe. This is also after bystanders kept yelling that Floyd was in no way resisting arrest and they saw that his health was in danger. Three other cops were with him on the scene as well.
Protests have since started in Minneapolis with many businesses being burned. Large protests also surfaced in Los Angeles in an attempt to make it known that Floyd deserves justice and all four cops need to be charged.
Many celebrities have used their large platforms on social media to address this disgusting incident and the latest one to do so is Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick was blackballed by the NFL after the 2016 season after he peacefully knelt during the national anthem to protest racism and police brutality in America. He took to Twitter and Instagram to voice his support for Floyd.
“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” said the former San Francisco 49ers superstar QB on Twitter.
When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.
The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.
We have the right to fight back!
Rest in Power George Floyd
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) May 28, 2020
“The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance. We have the right to fight back! Rest in Power George Floyd.”
Kaepernick said three years ago that he’s aware of police officers continuing to get paid leave off after killing people. He added that he’d stand for the flag when he sees the necessary change and equality in America. Today, we still see many NFL teams sadly sign mediocre quarterbacks over a very talented Kaepernick.
Kaepernick held his own workouts outside of Atlanta in November in hopes of finally landing with an NFL team again. He moved the workout to a high school south of the city after the league tried to make him sign paperwork that he didn’t agree with. The original workout was supposed to take place at the Atlanta Falcons’ facility in Flowery Branch, GA. Following the workout, Kaepernick and his agent were ready to accept phone calls from teams but sadly, didn’t get signed.
Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey, also called for justice for Floyd. He also wants charged pressed against the four police officers.
“Being black in America should not be a death sentence,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey said at a news conference Tuesday morning. “For five minutes, we watched a white officer press his knee into a black man’s neck. … This officer failed in the most basic, human sense.”
The University of Minnesota also made a solid move in announcing that the are limiting their ties with the Minneapolis PD. They will not be using them anymore for events such as sporting events and ceremonies.