Former San Francisco 49ers' quarterback Colin Kaepernick announced Friday that he has helped to start a legal defense fund for those arrested as part of the civil unrest in Minneapolis:
Kaepernick has been an outspoken advocate for racial equality in America since he began taking a knee to protest discrimination in the country in the 2016 preseason.
In this case, the 32-year-old is attempting to help those who have protested over the past 48 hours in Minneapolis after video emerged of police officer Derek Chauvin killing George Floyd by pressing his knee on his neck as a group of officers were attempting to arrest Floyd.
Kaepernick first tweeted about the protests Thursday:
Chauvin was taken into custody Friday, and district attorney Mike Freeman announced that he is being charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. Chauvin had previously been fired from his job.
In the video released, Floyd, 46, is heard begging to be allowed to stand as he is being arrested, saying that he is unable to breathe with Chauvin's knee pressing down on his neck. Ultimately, the impact of Chauvin's knee on his neck killed Floyd.