Union Leader Claims Kaepernick's Rikers Island Visit Shows Bill de Blasio's 'Hypocrisy'

Annette Crawford
December 13, 2017

Colin Kaepernick walked off the sidelines Tuesday - and onto Rikers Island - for a surprise visit with jail inmates that's sparked a fresh battle with correction officers.

During the visit, Kaepernick talked about social justice issues and his decision to kneel during the national anthem, sparking a nationwide trend, the Post reported.

Some corrections officers believed Kaepernick's visit and a message that some perceive as anti-police would lead to more violence from inmates.

The union's leaders pointed to Kaepernick wearing socks depicting police officers as pigs at a 49ers training camp previous year.

Department of Correction spokesman Peter Thorne said in a statement that the objective of Kaepernick's visit was to "share a message of hope and inspiration".

An officer who was present at the session reportedly said: "That's insane to me to have a person like Colin Kaepernick in prison talking about police brutality". 'It was insulting for me to be there'. New York's PIX 11 had more about Kaepernick's visit, and more about what Husamudeen was angry about. "In the inmate's eyes, we are the police when they're locked up".

Kaepernick was visiting inmates at the George Motchan Detention Center on Rikers to promote a rehabilitation program for convicted felons after they get out of prison. During Week 14 of the National Football League season, 18 players either sat or knelt for "The Star-Spangled Banner", according to the ESPN tally.

'Once again, correction officers find themselves caught in Mayor de Blasio's political con-game, ' Husamudeen said. "This is yet another brazen display of the hypocrisy of this mayor who pretends to support us in public, yet does everything possible to jeopardize our security in private", he said.

At the first session, 'they asked him about taking a knee, why was he doing it. "He said he was doing it to call attention to police brutality".

Mr. Kaepernick filed a grievance in October with the NFL alleging that owners have colluded against him, while NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell insisted Monday that the free agent has not been blackballed.

"This will only encourage inmates to continue to attack correction officers at a time when we need more protection", he said.

The city defended the visit. "He should be applauded".

Honoree Colin Kaepernick speaks onstage at ACLU SoCal Hosts Annual Bill of Rights Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on December 3, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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