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Colin Kaepernick offers legal assistance to 'Freedom Fighters' in Minnesota

Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick looks on during his NFL workout held at Charles R. Drew high School in Riverdale, Ga., last November. (Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Former Nevada Wolf Pack quarterback Colin Kaepernick offered legal assistance Friday to those in Minneapolis protesting the death of George Floyd.

Kaepernick, who last played in the NFL in 2016, has launched a fund to hire defense lawyers for those arrested protesting police brutality, a cause Kaepernick championed in his final season in the NFL. The fund is called the Know Your Rights Camp Legal Defense Initiative.

"In fighting for liberation there‘s always retaliation," Kaepernick wrote on Twitter. "We must protect our Freedom Fighters. We started a legal defense initiative to give legal representation to Freedom Fighters in Minneapolis paid for by @yourrightscamp."

The Know Your Rights Camp is a free campaign founded by Kaepernick to raise awareness to black and brown communities through higher education, self empowerment, mass-mobilization and the creation of new systems that elevate the next generation of change leaders, per its website.

The Minneapolis metro area has seen mass protests following the death of Floyd, a black man who died Monday after Derek Chauvin, a white Minneapolis police officer, knelt on Floyd's neck for at 8 minutes, 46 seconds. Chauvin and three other officers were fired, and Chauvin was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter following two days or protests.

After an historic four seasons at Nevada from 2007-10, Kaepernick played in the NFL for six years for the San Francisco 49ers. During his last season in the league, Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem in peaceful protest of social inequality and police brutality against minorities. He has not been offered an NFL contract since.

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