The shooting death of Alton Sterling has caused quite a stir, and Colin Kaepernick, Kelvin Taylor, and other members of the San Francisco 49ers have expressed their anger, frustration, and so many other emotions. You can view some of the 49ers player comments in this Twitter feed.
A motorist captured video of Sterling being taken down by police, and subsequently shot twice while he was on the ground. Kaepernick had some of the strongest comments about the shooting, stating, “This is what lynchings look like in 2016!” At the bottom of the article, I’ve posted his Instagram post that includes video of the shooting. Warning: The video is graphic.
The most detailed write-up I could find was by J. Weston Phippen of The Atlantic. You can read it here. You’re welcome to look for other sources as well, but I highly recommend you read that article for some details from the event, including an eyewitness account from the store owner. The shooting happened Tuesday morning, and since then, the two officers in the video have been placed on paid administrative leave, and the Department of Justice has opened an investigation into the shooting.
Kaepernick has grown more and more vocal about non-football matters over the past six months. Naturally, that results in people telling him to stick to football, or criticizing his on-field performance. People are going to disagree with his comments, but there are things significantly more important than football. It is good to see him speaking out on issues he believes in, even as he deals with the mocking and yelling that comes from “fans” on social media.
Reminder: The video is graphic.