Members of NYPD Hold Rally to Support Colin Kaepernick
By Brandon Simmons
After former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick held a national anthem protest against police brutality last year, it seems he has a new ally: the police. According to USA Today, a group of NYPD officers held a rally to show support for the quarterback. Among those present was retired officer Frank Serpico and councilman Jumaane Williams. Sgt. Edwin Raymond, who helped organize the event in Brooklyn, told the New York Daily News that Kaepernick’s stance highlighted a problem that was has gone under the radar for too long.
“What Colin Kaepernick did is try to bring awareness that this nation unfortunately has ignored for far too long,” said Raymond.
“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.”
Serpico, who is known for exposing corruption, was not in attendance for the rally but offered a statement in support of the event.
“I am here to support anyone who has the courage to stand up against injustice and oppression anywhere in this country and the world,” the detective expressed. The rally had 75, mostly, minority officers attend, in which they wore shirts that said #IMWITHKAP
It’s rare to see police openly support individuals who protest police brutality. It is very often we hear that not all cops are bad but many people do not buy into that narrative when an officer kills an unarmed black person. But this seems quite different to see members of law enforcement organizing to support that movement. It also speaks volumes to the impact that Kaepernick’s protest has had. So far this season, not only have a few black NFL players been protesting but some of their white peers have joined as well. This has all happened despite Kaepernick not being able to land a job in the NFL; but he is still making the plays where it counts.
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