Frank Serpico was a part of a group of police officers in rally on behalf of Colin Kaepernick.
The former New York City police Officer whose revelations of police corruption in the 1970s were detailed in an Al Pacino movie, was among a group of current and former officers Saturday at a rally in support of getting Colin Kaepernick another NFL job.
The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback became a lightening rod for controversy figure last year after he refused to stand for the national anthem in protest against oppression of people of color.
Kaepernick opted out of his 49ers contract in March, making him a free agent. However, no NFL team has signed him for the 2017 season.
The gathering in Brooklyn Drew approximately 75 officers wearing black T-shirts printed with “#imwithkap.”
Most notable was retired officer Frank Serpico, whose exploits were chronicles in the 1973 film “Serpico.”
While not a football fan, Serpico stated he felt it was important to support Kaepernick for his stance.
“He’s trying to hold up this government, up to our founding fathers,” said the now 81-year-old Serpico.
Sgt. Edwin Raymond, who said he was heading to work after leaving the rally, spoke on the need for racial healing around the country.
“Until racism in America is no longer taboo, we own up to it, we admit it, we understand it and then we do what we have to do to solve it. Unfortunately we’re going to have these issues,” he said.