George Floyd

Ex-49ers QB Colin Kaepernick Reacts to George Floyd's Death

Former SF star launched a movement against such acts of police violence when he started kneeling during pregame national anthems

George Floyd's recent death while in Minneapolis police custody continues to elicit a strong reaction from Americans.

On Thursday morning, former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick joined the millions to voice their opinion after video showed an officer kneeling on Floyd's neck for an extended period of time. Floyd died shortly after being arrested Monday, and the outcry was almost immediate, with the officers involved being fired and protestors taking to the streets.

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Many on social media, including Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, posted side-by-side images of Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem at NFL games and the officer kneeling on Floyd's neck, citing the differing reactions to them.

The protests in Minnesota became increasingly violent Thursday night, including a local police precinct being destroyed.

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