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A group of about 75 current and former NYPD officers gathered today in Brooklyn to participate in a rally to support Colin Kaepernickā€™s quest for a job in the NFL, reports the Associated Press.

The gathering included one familiar name: Frank Serpico, the famous NYPD whisteblower portrayed by Al Pacino in the 1973 film Serpico:

He admitted not being a football fan, but said he felt it was important to support Kaepernick for his stance.

ā€œHeā€™s trying to hold up this government up to our founding fathers,ā€ said the now 81-year-old Serpico.

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The officers wore #WeStandWithKap and #ImWitheKap t-shirts and shared statements of support for Kaepernick, who has been without an NFL gig since opting out of his contract in San Francisco. From a New York Daily News report:

ā€œWhat Colin Kaepernick did is try to bring awareness that this nation unfortunately has ignored for far too long,ā€ said NYPD Sgt. Edwin Raymond, who helped organize the Brooklyn event.

ā€œAnd thatā€™s the issue of racism in America and policing in America. We decided to gather here today because of the way heā€™s being railroaded for speaking the obvious truth.ā€