San Francisco 49ers quarterback-turned civil rights figure Colin Kaepernick calls revolution “the only logical response” to the violent arrest and subsequent death of Minnesota man George Floyd.
“If politeness leads to death, rebellion is the only logical response,” Kaepernick tweeted Thursday, three days after Floyd was pronounced dead in a Minneapolis hospital. “The call for peace will rain, and if they do, they will fall on deaf ears because your violence has provoked this resistance. We have the right to fight back! Rest in Power George Floyd. ‘
Four Minneapolis police officers were fired Tuesday after the video went viral, with an agent kneeling on 46-year-old Floyd’s neck while crying for help saying he couldn’t breathe. Floyd is eventually passed out and was later pronounced dead in a local hospital.
The four officers fired after Monday’s incident have been officially identified as Derek Chauvin, Thomas Lane, Tou Thao and J. Alexander Kueng.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback and civil rights figure Colin Kaepernick (right) calls revolution ‘the only logical response’ to the violent arrest and subsequent death of Minnesota man George Floyd (left)
Kaepernick pointed the finger at the police and said ‘your violence caused this resistance’
Derek Chauvin (right) was identified as the officer holding Floyd in video footage. Minnesota has seen protests for days after Floyd’s death in custody
Floyd was arrested for allegedly using false documents at a local deli. His family has called for the four officers to be charged with murder. The FBI is investigating death for a possible violation of civil rights.
Kaepernick is far from the only athlete to condemn the murder.
LeBron James shared his anger on Instagram and posted a photo of Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem as a member of the 49ers during the 2016 season to raise awareness about inequality and racist police brutality.
James’ caption explained that Kaepernick was mastered by a tragedy like the one in Minnesota.
He has been out of the NFL since March 2017 and has resolved a covert complaint with NFL team owners for an undisclosed fee after accusing them of colluding to keep him unsigned in retaliation for the controversial protests.
LeBron James shared his anger on Instagram and posted a photo of Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem as a member of the 49ers during the 2016 season to raise awareness about inequality and racist police brutality
Protesters chant with police officers outside Minneapolis Police Department 3rd district
NBA star Stephen Jackson had known Floyd of their days in East Texas since the late 1990s, and he told the Daily Mail that the officers involved in his arrest deserve the death penalty.
“I honestly want the death penalty for the police for casually killing my brother, hand in his pocket,” Jackson, 42, told the Daily Mail. ‘No effort. He made no effort to kill him. He knelt in the neck, cuffed him and just choked him.
“The only way people feel there is justice, and the only way this police stop killing people in broad daylight like nothing is if they start dying, too.”
Jackson (pictured here after a BIG3 game in 2018) vowed to go to Minnesota to fight for justice after Floyd died in custody
Jackson, born in Port Arthur, Texas, and Floyd, born in Houston, met through mutual friends in the late 1990s and had remained close, according to the former NBA attacker.
“We met through friends, but as soon as we met, the first thing everyone said was,” You all look like twins, “Jackson told DailyMail.com. “Everyone kept saying it and we started calling each other” twins. “
Jackson has become an advocate of civil rights upon retirement, often tackling racism on his popular podcast ‘All That Smoke,’ which is why he initially thought Floyd’s arrest video was sent to him as just another example of police brutality.
“I’m sleeping on the couch with my daughter and I get a text from my girlfriend’s mom because we always talk about police brutality and all the things that are happening in the world, how it’s not fair,” he said. “She sends me the video and I half sleep. I watch the video, like “Aw, they killed one of us again.”
“When I click out of the message, I see that I still have 15, 20 messages left,” he continued. “I click on the first message and I see,” Look what they did to Floyd in Minnesota. ”
Jackson immediately knew what the sender was referring to.
“I put two and two together because my girlfriend’s mom lives in Minnesota,” he continued. “I just broke down and screamed. I just didn’t want to believe it was true. I watched the video and then it got worse. ‘
The morning after George Floyd’s protests erupted into violence and fires in Minneapolis, protesters began to gather at the residence of Derek Chauvin, the fired officer at the center of Floyd’s death
For Jackson, the problem isn’t complicated because it’s something he’s seen before.
“They’re racists,” he said, referring to the police who arrested Floyd on Monday.
Although Floyd had no weapon or seemed to pose a threat to the officers, they still forced him to the ground after he allegedly opposed arrest.
Many other athletes expressed their concerns on social media.
Worlds honestly nauseating. It’s really … no explanation, ‘said Brown’s wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in a Twitter message.
“If anyone who follows me is outraged by these senseless attacks on BLACK MEN, please stop following me!” wrote former WNBA star Lisa Leslie. “If your mind is not disturbed, please stop following me! This caused pain but it will never cause fear … sorry they weren’t made that way! #BlackMenMatter. ‘