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Minneapolis, Minnesota: Protesters rally at the 5th Precinct Police station. Saturday, May 30, 2020. Carolyn Cole/Los Angeles Times
Colin Kaepernick opened fund to pay legal fees for George Floyd protesters in Minneapolis

Over a weekend packed with protests from coast to coast over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police, and arrests of demonstrators in the hundreds, former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick kick-started a legal defense fund for Minneapolis protestors.

The Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative, an offshoot of Kaepernick’s nonprofit organization, was set up for protestors and will provide legal support to those arrested and charged during demonstrations, according to its website, “When there is an injustice within our community, it is our legal right to address it, by any means necessary. If you, or a loved one is in need of legal assistance, or has been arrested while fighting injustice in the Minneapolis area, please complete the form below with as much detail as possible.”

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From left: Eli Harold, Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid, kneel to protest police brutality on the San Francisco 49ers sidelines during the national anthem. October, 2016. Kirby Lee/USA Today Sports, via Reuters
More information can be found on the organization’s website, https://www.knowyourrightscamp.com/legal.

The days-long protests are a response to the May 25 killing on George Floyd, who died after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin pinned his knee on Floyd’s neck during an arrest. Chauvin kept his knee and body weight on Floyd’s neck, though Floyd was not resisting, for nearly 9 minutes. Floyd died at the scene.

In protesting Floyd’s death, demonstrators set fire to a Minneapolis police station on Thursday, May 28. By the start of the weekend protests had spread throughout the country.

Daniel Cruz

With an interest in pop culture, Daniel Cruz's writing centers around the things he loves best: Music, Film, and Art.

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