Controversial NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, known for his kneeling during a singing of the national anthem to protest unfair treatment of minorities, has joined forces with Minneapolis protesters by offering them legal assistance.
“In fighting for liberation there‘s always retaliation. We must protect our Freedom Fighters. We started a legal defense initiative to give legal representation to Freedom Fighters in Minneapolis paid for by @yourrightscamp,” said Kaepernick on his twitter page.
The Know Your Rights Camp, is the former NFL quarterback’s charitable arm.
He has set up a donation page on its website for those who want to contribute and a submission form for those who have been detained.
The charity stated on its site, “The Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative has identified and teamed up with top defense lawyers in the Minneapolis, Minnesota area to provide legal resources for those in need.”
“When there is an injustice within our community, it is our legal right to address it, by any means necessary,” it added.
Know Your Rights Camp’s “mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders.”
Kaepernick played for the San Francisco 49ers from 2011 to 2016.
He obtained worldwide attention by sitting on the bench to protest social inequality and police brutality against African Americans during the playing of the national anthem before a 2016 preseason game.
In Minneapolis and across the nation, there are thousands of protesters have taken to the streets over the past days to express their frustration and anger at the death of George Floyd.
Floyd an unarmed black man who died Monday after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes.
This is even as Floyd repeatedly begged that he couldn’t breathe.