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- The project is being paid for by Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp nonprofit organization.
- Kaepernick in 2016 began sitting, then later kneeling, during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality.
- Protests have erupted in Minneapolis and elsewhere following the death of George Floyd.
Former NFL star and activist Colin Kaepernick has established a legal defense initiative to provide legal assistance for those arrested while protesting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man., in Minneapolis, The Wall Street Journal first reported.
The Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative will provide those protesting the death of Floyd in Minneapolis with financial resources and access to defense lawyers, according to its website. The project is being paid for by Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp nonprofit organization.
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“When there is an injustice within our community, it is our legal right to address it, by any means necessary,” the Know Your Rights website says. “If you, or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, or has been arrested while fighting injustice in the Minneapolis area, please complete the form below with as much detail as possible.”
Protests have erupted in Minneapolis and elsewhere after a video taken by a bystander emerged earlier this week, showing a police officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck for several minutes, pinning him to the ground. Floyd can be heard saying “I can’t breath” as the officer continued to hold his knee on his neck.
Police said Tuesday they were responding to a call about a man suspected of forgery. Floyd was pronounced dead at a hospital after being transported from the scene.
Kaepernick spoke out about the incident Thursday.
"When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction,” the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback tweeted on Thursday afternoon. “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,” he added.
Kaepernick in 2016 began sitting, then later kneeling, during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racial inequality, igniting a nationwide controversy. He last played in the league during the 2016 season.
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