NYPD shows up for Colin Kaepernick

NYPD shows up for Colin Kaepernick

"The National Museum of African American History and Culture has almost 40,000 items in our collection", Damion Thomas, the Washington museum's sports curator, said in an email.

After last season, Kaepernick has not been signed to a team, and most view it as retribution for using his status as a National Football League player for a platform for political change.

Since Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem past year in a protest against the oppressive violence towards people of color in the United States, he gained national media attention. Kaepernick's supporters say the NFL has blackballed him over his unpopular protest, but league commissioner Roger Goodell said recently that the accusations aren't true.

Even legendary NYPD officer Frank Serpico returned to his old stomping grounds to attend the rally and show his support for the former 49er.

Serpico has become well-known for his activism regarding police brutality, and on Saturday he took a knee and raised a fist with his fellow brothers in blue.

He told the New York Daily News that he is not a football fan, but felt he needed to support Kaepernick. The former officer is celebrated for his whistleblowing and anti-corruption efforts, which were the subject of a 1973 film starring Al Pacino. He said it was a protest against oppression of black people.

The cops and a slew of activists, politicians and others came together under the Brooklyn bridge to stand with Kaepernick, who many feel risked his livelihood by taking a stand against injustice by kneeling during the National Anthem during the 2016 football season. "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder".

NYPD Sgt Edwin Raymond, who helped organize the event, said Kaepernick was bringing awareness to the racism that has been ignored in America for "far too long".

Controversial quarterback Colin Kaepernick received some unexpected support Saturday in Brooklyn.

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