NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick has compared police officers to fugitive slave patrolmen after a Minnesota cop was acquitted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black motorist.
Kaepernick, who famously protested police brutality by refusing to stand during the national anthem last season, tweeted an image over the weekend of a police badge beside a fugitive slave patrol.
The image read: ‘You can’t ignore your history. Always remember who they are.’
He was responding to the news on Friday that Officer Jeronimo Yanez was not guilty of murdering 32-year-old Philando Castile at traffic stop in a St Paul suburb last year.
Colin Kaepernick compared police officers to fugitive slave patrolmen after a Minnesota cop was acquitted on Friday of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black motorist
Kaepernick, who famously protested police brutality by refusing to stand during the national anthem last season, was responding to news officer Jeronimo Yanez was found innocent
Yanez shot Castile five times just seconds after Castile informed him he was carrying a gun. The officer testified that Castile was pulling his gun out of his pocket despite his commands not to do so.
The defense also argued Castile, who had a permit for the weapon, was high on marijuana and said that affected his actions.
The case garnered immediate attention because Castile’s girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook.
Kaepernick captioned his tweet: ‘The quarterback captioned the image: ‘A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequence, doesn’t need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled!’
It has been retweeted more than 32,000 times.
Castile was shot five times just seconds after he informed the officer he was carrying a gun. The case garnered immediate attention because Castile’s girlfriend streamed the aftermath live on Facebook
Officer Jeronimo Yanez (left) was found innocent of killing 32-year-old Philando Castile (right) at traffic stop in a St Paul suburb last year
Slave patrols were common in southern US states where white men would monitor and enforce discipline on black slaves.
Kaepernick had earlier tweeted: ‘My heart aches for Philando’s family.’
Eighteen people were arrested after peaceful protests erupted in St Paul following the verdict.
Carrying signs that read ‘Justice not served for Philando’, protesters shut down the Interstate 94 on Friday after they streamed onto the highway and started marching.
Castile’s furious mother Valerie Castile gave a rousing speech outside the Ramsey County Courthouse in response to the verdict, calling her son’s death a murder while saying: ‘I hope (Yanez) dies tonight!’
‘I’m mad as hell right now. My son loved this city, and this city killed my son,’ she said. ‘The system continues to fail black people, and it will continue to fail you all.
‘The fact in this matter is that my son was murdered, and I’ll continue to say murdered, because where in this planet (can you) tell the truth, and you be honest, and you still be murdered by the police of Minnesota,’ his mother said, referring to the fact that her son was shot after he volunteered to Yanez, ‘Sir, I have to tell you, I do have a firearm on me.’
Valerie Castile, mother of Philando Castile, spoke with passion about her reaction to a not guity verdict for Officer Jeronimo Yanez at the Ramsey County Courthouse
Supporters of Philando Castile block traffic in both directions on I-94 at Dale Avenue in St Paul, MN Friday
Thousands of people gathered Friday evening at the state Capitol after St Anthony police officer Jeronimo Yanez was acquitted in the shooting death of Philando Castile