NYPD officers stand up for Kaepernick amid new wave of National Football League protests

NYPD officers stand up for Kaepernick amid new wave of National Football League protests

Since Colin Kaepernick kneeled during the national anthem a year ago in a protest against the oppressive violence towards people of color in the United States, he gained national media attention.

"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color", Kaepernick said in 2016 during the preseason after his protests first drew the attention of the media. "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder", he continued.

While most of the officers at the rally were African-American or other minorities, one notable exception was 81-year-old former NYPD officer Frank Serpico, whose whistle-blowing efforts on corruption in the department inspired the 1973 Al Pacino movie "Serpico".

"I think that elephant just left the room because a little mouse ran in here", Lynch said facetiously, responding to a question from a reporter who referred to the protests as "the elephant in the room".

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"As members of law enforcement, we can confirm that the issues that he is saying exist in policing and throughout the criminal justice system".

The NAACP chapter in Atlanta is calling for all football fans to boycott NFL games by not watching those contests until a team signs Kaepernick.

"What Colin Kaepernick did is try to bring awareness that this nation unfortunately has ignored for far too long", NYPD Sgt. Edwin Raymond, an organizer of the rally, said.

Kaepernick was merely standing up for what he believes and is now unable to find a position with an National Football League team, prompting calls for boycotts against the National Football League by people who believe Kaepernick is being punished for speaking his mind. "This is a demand", said Gerald Griggs of the Atlanta NAACP.

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