NYPD Rally, Sing 'Black National Anthem' in Support of Colin Kaepernick


Sergeant Edwin Raymond organized the protest, which drew around 80 officers.

"Until racism in America is no longer taboo, we own up to it, we admit it, we understand it and then we do what we have to do to solve it".

It all began last season when Kaepernick, 29, began to take a knee (or sit) during the national anthem, saying he was protesting violence against minorities, particularly by the police. In the group of current and retired officers was famed whistleblower Detective Frank Serpico, who was immortalized by Al Pacino in the classic 1973 Sidney Lumet film.

"According to the Associated Press, about 75 police officers rallied together in Brooklyn wearing matching black T-shirts that read, "#imwithkap", on the front.

"The fact that this man is no longer in the NFL has nothing to do with stats on the football field, but for taking a knee and pointing out some of the flaws that have been tormenting people of color in this country for decades", said Darius Gordon of the Justice League NYC. "We made a decision to gather here today because of the way he's being railroaded for speaking the obvious truth", he explained.

Kaepernick retweeted a number of photos taken at the rally.

"We support Kap! We support Kap!" the officers chanted, their fists raised in the air. While it was thought that several teams were considering the former Super Bowl quarterback, none have given him a shot this year. Rather, he opted out of an option-year in his contract. Griggs said Kaepernick remained unsigned exclusively due to his silent boycott of the national anthem last season.

Riggs warned that if Kaepernick remains unsigned to a deal as of 5 p.m. September 17, "We are going to have the world's largest tailgate, and that tailgate will not go into Mercedes-Benz Stadium". "The clubs are making those individual evaluations".

According to curators at the museum, now unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick is about to get his own display at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall.