Kaepernick establishes fund to pay legal fees for protesters in Minneapolis

Colin Kaepernick, centre, kneels during the national anthem before a game in 2016. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Former NFL player Colin Kaepernick announced Friday that the Know Your Rights Camp, a campaign he founded to support Black and Brown communities, is establishing a fund to pay the legal fees for those protesting following George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis.

Floyd, a 46-year-old African-American man, died Monday after being pinned to the ground beneath the knee of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, who was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter on Friday.

The violent incident was recorded by a bystander and shared widely on social media, inciting wide-spread condemnation, outrage and demonstrations across the United States.

“In fighting for liberation there’s always retaliation,” Kaepernick wrote on Twitter. “We must protect our Freedom Fighters. We started a legal defence initiative to give legal representation to Freedom Fighters in Minneapolis.”

Kaepernick, the quarterback-turned-activist who took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality, founded the Know Your Rights Camp in 2016.

The Camp seeks to “advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders,” according to a mission statement on its website.

Know Your Rights says it has identified and teamed up with defence lawyers in the Minneapolis area to provide legal resources for those in need.

“When there is an injustice within our community, it is our legal right to address it, by any means necessary,” the site says.

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