Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is weighing in on the death of George Floyd and the protests that have rocked Minneapolis.
“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” Kaepernick tweeted Thursday afternoon. “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,” he added.
When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) May 28, 2020
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 on Monday in Minneapolis after he was arrested and pinned to the ground by an officer who placed his knee on Floyd’s neck for several minutes.
His death has sparked violent protests across the city, as IJR reported.
While the four officers involved have been fired, many are calling for the officer who was seen in a video pinning Floyd to the ground to be charged.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) asked, “Why is the man who killed George Floyd, not in jail?”
“George Floyd deserves Justice. His family deserves Justice. The black community deserves Justice. And our city deserves Justice,” he added.
Officials across the country weighed in on the incident in the days following his death. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) asked on Thursday, “How many times do we have to learn the same lesson?”
“We went through it in New York. We had the Garner case in New York. It’s happened all across the country. How many times do you have to learn the same lesson?” he added.
Kaepernick made headlines in 2016 for kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police brutality.