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Sport Colin Kaepernick will help provide legal assistance for Minneapolis protesters after death of George Floyd

22:51  29 may  2020
22:51  29 may  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

Colin Kaepernick expresses support for Minneapolis protesters after death of George Floyd

  Colin Kaepernick expresses support for Minneapolis protesters after death of George Floyd Colin Kaepernick took to social media to express his support for the protests in Minneapolis that have sprung up after the death of George Floyd.Police have used tear gas and water cannons on protesters. On Wednesday night, the second night of protests, several stores were set ablaze and some were looted.

Colin Kaepernick will provide financial assistance to protesters in Minneapolis who need legal representation.

In posts on Twitter and Instagram on Friday afternoon, Kaepernick said legal assistance will be paid for by his Know Your Rights Camp. The group is devoted to educating and empowering young people of color, and developing a new generation of leaders.

“In fighting for liberation there's always retaliation. We must protect our Freedom Fighters,” Kaepernick said.

Impressive images of a police station burnt down in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd

 Impressive images of a police station burnt down in Minneapolis after the death of George Floyd © GQ France Protesters set fire to a police station in Minneapolis, during the third night of clashes against the police after the death of a Black man, George Floyd. Arrested when he was suspected of having wanted to forge a counterfeit 20-dollar bill, he was tackled to the ground by an officer who kept his knee on his neck for long minutes. In a video widely distributed on social networks, we could hear him say "I can't breathe anymore". The man died by suffocation.

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Minneapolis has been rocked by protests following the death of George Floyd. Floyd, who was black, died Monday after a white police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes, ignoring Floyd’s cries that he couldn’t breathe and witnesses’ pleas to stop. A bystander videotaped the encounter.

Colin Kaepernick talking on a cell phone: Colin Kaepernick kneels during the national anthem in a 2016 game against the Arizona Cardinals. © Kelley L Cox, USA TODAY Sports Colin Kaepernick kneels during the national anthem in a 2016 game against the Arizona Cardinals.

The officer, Derek Chauvin, and three others who did not intervene were fired. Chauvin was arrested Friday.

Police used tear gas and water cannons on what were largely peaceful protests Tuesday in Minneapolis. The demonstrations have become more violent since then, with several buildings burned and looted. On Thursday night, a police station was taken over and set ablaze.

49ers donating $1 million to help make ‘impactful change’ after George Floyd’s death, mass protests

  49ers donating $1 million to help make ‘impactful change’ after George Floyd’s death, mass protests The San Francisco 49ers are donating $1 million to both local and national organizations helping to make societal change in the wake of George Floyd’s death and the massive protests that followed across the country, owner and CEO Jed York announced on Saturday night. “The 49ers organization is committing to support the legislative priorities of the Players Coalition and is donating $1 million to local and national organizations who are creating change." (AP/Marcio Jose Sanchez) pic.twitter.com/TCOXYhu1EQ— Jed York (@JedYork) May 31, 2020“People throughout our country are hurting,” York said in a statement. “Emotions are raw, and rightfully so.

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Kaepernick had expressed support for the protesters Thursday.

“When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction," he said in posts on Instagram and Twitter. "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!”

Floyd’s death is another example of the police brutality against people of color that prompted Kaepernick, then a quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers, to begin protesting in 2016.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Colin Kaepernick will help provide legal assistance for Minneapolis protesters after death of George Floyd

Rev. Sharpton Calls Out NFL’s Goodell During George Floyd Eulogy .
During his fiery eulogy at Tuesday’s funeral for George Floyd in Houston, Reverend Al Sharpton called out NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell on behalf of former 49er quarterback Colin Kaepernick. © Provided by CBS SF Bay Area FULL COVERAGE: GEORGE FLOYD PROTESTS “Oh, it’s nice to see some people change their minds,” said Sharpton. “The head of the NFL said ‘Yeah, maybe we was wrong. Football players, maybe they did have the right to peacefully protest.’ Well, don’t apologize; give Colin Kaepernick a job back!”  Those gathered in the church cheered in response.

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