While the Philadelphia Police Department was battling several gunmen inside a home in North Philly after attempting to serve a warrant on drug-related charges, ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was bragging about his anti-cop activism.
“Today marks the three year anniversary of the first time I protested systemic oppression. I continue to work and stand with the people in our fight for liberation, despite those who are trying to erase the movement! The movement has always lived with the people!” he said on Twitter Wednesday night.
He attached a video of alleged police brutality, once again vilifying cops, though he says his movement is not rooted in hatred for police, the rule of law, or the United States.
As Kaepernick bragged about his activism, six Philadelphia Police Officers were being treated for wounds received in the line of duty.
A gun battle between cops and a violent felon, and subsequent hostage standoff, brought North Philly to a grinding halt Wednesday night after police tried to serve a warrant on drug-related charges.
“The suspect barricaded himself inside a building on 15th Street, police said. The shootout began during a narcotics operation at around 4:30 p.m. when officers entered the home to serve a search warrant and were met with gunfire,” according to ABC. “Some officers had to escape through windows and two were trapped inside with the shooter for several hours, police said. The trapped officers were safely removed from the home as of 9:30 p.m.”
Maurice Hill, 34, who has a long rap sheet including charges for being a felon in possession of a firearm, was taken into custody peacefully overnight. Charges related to Wednesday night’s incident have not yet been announced.
None of this apparently matters to Kaepernick, who was drummed out of the NFL after making himself a social justice pariah. He began kneeling for the National Anthem before NFL games in protest of what he calls “systemic oppression” while he played for the San Francisco 49ers in 2016. He sparked a trend that, in relation to the lengthy history of the NFL, was short-lived.
He was never able to secure another contract after his time with the 49ers expired, partly because he was a mediocre player, but also because his social justice activism was likely viewed as a distraction to team owners. The combined effect of those two factors made Kaepernick unemployable.
He later sued the NFL for “collusion,” essentially claiming that the league owed him a job, and that no team would sign him because of his politics. The NFL eventually settled that lawsuit for an undisclosed amount.
Kaepernick was rewarded by Nike, though, with a contract reportedly worth “millions,” and his own line of apparel. He also does commercials for the sports industry giant.
Of his more egregious anti-police statements, Kaepernick once wore socks depicting pigs wearing police uniforms. Today, he still maintains that his activism is not anti-police.
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