Councilman Antonio Reynoso joined a group of his colleagues in taking a knee on the steps of City Hall yesterday, as a show of support for professional athletes that are protesting racial inequality and police brutality.
The protests, started last year by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, have drawn widespread criticism in recent weeks, especially by President Donald Trump, who has sent several tweets denouncing the practice of kneeling while the National Anthem plays.
Joining Reynoso was Brooklyn Councilman Brad Lander, who posted a lengthy statement on Facebook highlighting why the group took a knee.
“I feel compelled to #TakeAKnee today along with my colleagues, and with professional athletes who have had the courage to put their careers on the line in their struggle for racial justice,” he said. “Colin Kaepernick took a knee a year ago as a protest against the too-often repeated unjustified killing of unarmed civilians, largely African-American men, by police, without cause – and without accountability.”