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Ahead Of Vikings Game, Protesters Take A Knee Against Police Violence

By Vikings – WCCO | CBS Minnesota

gettyimages 865061466 Ahead Of Vikings Game, Protesters Take A Knee Against Police Violence

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Protesters demonstrating against police violence in the United States took a knee Sunday outside U.S. Bank Stadium ahead of the Vikings game against the Baltimore Ravens.

With signs and a megaphone, several demonstrators gathered among football fans flocking into the stadium before the noontime kickoff. The protesters’ signs read: “Take a knee, end police violence,” “Black Lives Matter” and “No More Minnesota Nice.” Some signs had a hashtag calling for an NFL boycott.

(credit: Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

In a Facebook post, the protesters say they’re taking a stand against police violence and racism. The post mentioned Philando Castile, Jamar Clarke and Justine Damond as Minnesotans who’ve recently been killed in police shootings.

The act of kneeling in protest was made popular by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who started kneeling during the national anthem last year to protest racial injustice.

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – OCTOBER 22: Signs calling for an NFL boycott lay at the feet of demonstrators protesting police violence before the game between the Baltimore Ravens and Minnesota Vikings on October 22, 2017 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (credit: Bettcher/Getty Images)

Since the start of the 2017 football season, the act of kneeling during the national anthem has become part of the country’s political discussion, particularly after President Donald Trump called for players who knelt to be fired.

Earlier this week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that only six or seven players are currently protesting during the natioanl anthem. He added that the league’s goal – by working to meet the concerns of protesting players – is to get the number of people kneeling to zero.

Meanwhile, Kaepernick has filed a grievance against the league. The free agent quarterback alleges that owners have colluded to not sign him.

Source:: CBS Minnesota

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