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NYPD officers rally support for Colin Kaepernick

The officers, comprised of 75 mostly Black men and women wore T-shirts bearing the inscription, “#IMWITHKAP”

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Officers representing New York’s Finest came together, Saturday, to rally support for free-agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Photo: Spectrum 1 NY

“What Colin Kaepernick did is try to bring awareness that this nation, unfortunately, has ignored for far too long”

BROOKLYN, NY — Officers representing New York’s Finest came together, Saturday, to rally support for free-agent NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who remains unsigned by a single team after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers.

Retired NYPD officer Frank Serpico and Councilman Jumaane Williams came together for a rally in Brooklyn to support the blacklisted quarterback. Kaepernick became a pariah by NFL owners last season when he refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem in protest to the oppression of Blacks and people of color in America.

A sergeant involved in organizing the rally said, per The New York Daily News:

“What Colin Kaepernick did is try to bring awareness that this nation, unfortunately, has ignored for far too long,” said NYPD Sgt. Edwin Raymond, who helped organize the Brooklyn event.

“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.”

The officers, comprised of 75 mostly Black men and women, with the exception of Serpico, wore T-shirts bearing the inscription, “#IMWITHKAP.”

Serpico, the 81-year-old former detective famously known for exposing police corruption, told The Daily News, “I am here to support anyone who has the courage to stand up against injustice and oppression anywhere in this country and the world.”

Williams, who tweeted that he “proudly joined (the rally) by invitation” and wore a Kaepernick 49ers jersey, said truth and clarity were needed.

“We have to tear down and be honest about this discussion,” he said. “All of the people [here] risked their lives, so to speak, to protect folks, and they are standing with Kaepernick because they understand how important it is to push back on the structure.”

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