More than 75 current and former New York City police officers rallied in support of Colin Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who caused controversy last year for silently protesting the oppression of people of color by refusing to stand during the national anthem.
He opted out of his contract in March and became a free agent, but so far, no NFL teams have signed him despite the fact he has more impressive stats than most backup quarterbacks in the league.
The NYPD officers gathered in Brooklyn Bridge park Saturday wearing black T-shirts reading “#imwithkap.”
Retired officer Frank Serpico, whose exploits were featured in the 1973 film “Serpico,” admitted to AP that he wasn’t a football fan, but said he felt it was important to support Kaepernick for his stance.
“He’s trying to hold up this government up to our founding fathers,” said the now 81-year-old Serpico.
Sgt. Edwin Raymond, who said he was heading to work after the rally, spoke of the need for racial healing in the country.
“Until racism in America is no longer taboo, we own up to it, we admit it, we understand it and then we do what we have to do to solve it, unfortunately we’re going to have these issues,” he said.
On Wednesday, Spike Lee is hosting a rally for Kaepernick outside the NFL headquarters in New York City.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.