Philando Castile, a cafeteria supervisor at a local elementary school, was shot and killed by a police officer on Wednesday in Minnesota. Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, claims Castile had told the officer he was carrying a licensed firearm, and that Castile was reaching for his wallet when the officer shot him four times.
Reynolds recorded the aftermath of the encounter on Facebook Live, a video service that allows users to share video in real time. The San Fransisco 49ers quarterback uploaded part of the video, which has since gone viral, to his Instagram account on Thursday, along with the caption, “We are under attack! It’s clear as day! less than 24 hrs later another body in the street!”
One day earlier, Kaepernick posted a separate video of the death of Alton Sterling, who was shot and killed by Baton Rouge police while being held to the floor on Wednesday. Kaepernick called the horrific incident a modern-day “lynching.”
Kaepernick was not the only professional athlete to express his anger over the killing of Alton Sterling.