Colin Kaepernick On Minneapolis Uprising: 'We Have The Right To Fight Back'

The activist and former NFL quarterback launched a legal defense fund for those resisting police violence in response to the George Floyd killing.

Colin Kaepernick addressed the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the subsequent uprising that has taken place in the area since then, saying, 鈥淲e have the right to fight back.鈥

The activist, who helped put a national spotlight on racial injustices and police brutality by famously kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games in 2016, tweeted about Floyd鈥檚 death and the subsequent resistance to police violence.

鈥淲hen civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,鈥 Kaepernick wrote Thursday. 鈥淭he 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!鈥

Kaepernick concluded his tweet by adding 鈥淩est in Power鈥 to Floyd, a Black man who died on Monday after a white Minneapolis police officer was filmed kneeling on his neck while he was handcuffed, unarmed and pleading that he couldn鈥檛 breathe.

That officer, Derek Chauvin, was eventually taken into custody on Friday and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. People have called for the three other officers involved in Floyd鈥檚 arrest 鈥 Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng 鈥 to be charged.

On Friday, Kaepernick announced on Twitter that he started a legal defense initiative via his organization Know Your Rights Camp for people on the front lines in the Minneapolis area resisting and protesting police violence and racism.

Minneapolis police have fired tear gas and rubber bullets at demonstrators protesting Floyd鈥檚 death.

Know Your Rights Camp has 鈥渢eamed up with top defense lawyers in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area to provide legal resources for those in need,鈥 its website states.

Kaepernick鈥檚 legal defense initiative is the latest example of how the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback has continued his advocacy since playing his last game in the NFL. The league has been widely accused of blackballing Kaepernick for his activism.

Last month, Kaepernick鈥檚 organization created a relief fund for Black and Latino communities disproportionately dying of COVID-19. He donated $100,000 to the fund.

Kaepernick, like many other public figures, rejected the notion that people should focus blame on Minneapolis demonstrators who are protesting Floyd鈥檚 death 鈥 and a history of police violence against Black people and an unjust criminal justice system. Property has been damaged during the demonstrations, and the Minneapolis Police Department鈥檚 3rd Precinct Station was set on fire Thursday.

鈥淚n fighting for liberation there鈥榮 always retaliation,鈥 Kaepernick tweeted on Friday. 鈥淲e must protect our Freedom Fighters.鈥

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