Following the tragic death of an unarmed black man named George Floyd under the knee of a white Minneapolis police officer, the topics of police brutality and systemic racism have become parts of a national conversation once again. And Colin Kaepernick wasn’t about to let that opportunity pass him up.
The professional football player–turned–activist weighed in on Thursday with a message of support for those protesting Floyd’s alleged killing in Minneapolis — and he wasn’t just talking to the peaceful demonstrators, as Fox News reported. The former quarterback for the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers also offered legal assistance to “Freedom Fighters” facing “retaliation” in their fights for “liberation.”
“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” Kaepernick tweeted, according to Fox. “The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.”
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
Riots and retaliation
Kaepernick first gained notoriety in 2016 when he began the trend of taking a knee during the playing of the National Anthem ahead of NFL games, ostensibly in protest of police brutality against minorities. This week, he jumped back into the fray amid a similar debate.
Indeed, it didn’t take long for protesters to fill the streets demanding justice after Floyd died Monday “pleading” with Officer Derek Chauvin, who “kneeled on his neck” while Floyd was already in handcuffs, according to the Associated Press. The AP said Floyd had been detained on suspicion of using a counterfeit dollar bill.
“As minutes pass, Floyd slowly stops talking and moving,” the AP added.
Video captured by onlookers subsequently went viral, prompting what has become a violent backlash, with numerous businesses — as well as a police precinct building — being looted and burned, as NBC News noted.
Still, according to NBC, Minneapolis “police said late Thursday that no serious injuries had been reported.”
Prosecution and protests
NBC further reported that President Donald Trump responded to the backlash by “calling demonstrators ‘thugs’ and threatening, ‘when the looting starts, the shooting starts'” in a tweet.
Local CBS affiliate WCCO said Thursday that now-former Minneapolis officer Chauvin, who along with three other officers involved in the incident was immediately fired, had been arrested and will face criminal prosecution for the killing of Floyd.
Whether that arrest will calm the outraged mob and satisfy the calls for violent revolution from the likes of Kaepernick remains to be seen.