Colin Kaepernick spoke out about George Floyd and nationwide protests that are being held in wake of his murder. In a statement posted to his social media accounts on Thursday (May 28), the athlete and activist provided context on the effects of police brutality and encouraged the uprisings to continue.
“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction. 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!”
Kap ended the statement with, “Rest in Power George Floyd.”
When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.
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
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) May 28, 2020
Floyd, a 46-year-old Houston native, was killed in Minneapolis on Monday (May 25) after officers from the Minneapolis Police Department attempted to arrest him for allegedly trying to use a fraudulent $20 bill at local grocery store, Cup Foods.
A Cup Foods employee called police on Floyd at the store owner’s request. Floyd was seated in his car parked on the street when cops showed up at the location.
Four MPD officers were fired after video of Floyd’s murder went viral. Derek Chauvi is the former MPD cop who jammed his knee into Floyd’s neck, pinning him to the ground. A second officer, Tou Thao, stood by as Floyd pleaded for air and begged not to be killed. The remaining two former MPD officers have been identified as Thomas Lane, and J Alexander Kueng.
Chauvi has had more than a dozen complaints against him. He also beat and shot a then 21-year-old Black man in the stomach while responding to a domestic violence call in 2008. “If he was reprimanded when he shot me, George Floyd would still be alive,” said Ira Latrell Toles.
A Change.org petition demanding the arrests of the four officer involved has received more than 3 million signatures. Floyd’s family wants the officers arrested and convicted for his murder.
The FBI and Justice Department are investigating the case.