Colin Kaepernick is offering help to those who are involved in the protests in Minneapolis over the death of George Floyd. The former NFL player’s Know Your Rights Camp foundation is offering to pay the legal fees for any protesters who have been arrested.
“In fighting for liberation there‘s always retaliation,” he tweeted. “We must protect our Freedom Fighters. We started a legal defense initiative to give legal representation to Freedom Fighters in Minneapolis paid for by @yourrightscamp.”
Kaepernick has been fighting against racism and police brutality since he decided to lead a peaceful protest by kneeling during the National Anthem at his football games. His stance eventually caused him to be blackballed from the league.
On Thursday (May 28), Kaep spoke out about the murder of Floyd on Twitter.
“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” he tweeted. “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.”
Floyd died Monday (May 25) night at the hands of four police officers and the entire ordeal was caught on camera. The store called 911 after he allegedly tried to forge a check. Officers then say he resisted arrest. He was pinned down on the concrete by three officers. Officer Derek Chauvin had his knee planted into Floyd’s neck to the point where he couldn’t breathe. He lost consciousness and was transported to a hospital where he later died.
As of today, Chauvin has been arrested and charged with third degree murder. The other three officers, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng, have not yet been arrested. Check out Kaepernick’s tweet below if you would like to donate or need representation.
In fighting for liberation there‘s always retaliation. We must protect our Freedom Fighters. We started a legal defense initiative to give legal representation to Freedom Fighters in Minneapolis paid for by @yourrightscamp— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) May 29, 2020
For representation or to donate https://t.co/q0pzAObCiG