NFL player Colin Kaepernick has made a controversial statement about the police after the officer who shot Philando Castile was acquitted of manslaughter.
Kaepernick, 29, compared modern day police officers to patrolmen who hunted fugitive slaves in the days of American slavery in a tweet that showed badges for the two side-by-side, Daily Mail reports.
"A system that perpetually condones the killing of people, without consequence, doesn't need to be revised, it needs to be dismantled!" wrote Kaepernick on Twitter.
The image shows a police badge and a badge reading "runaway slave patrol" next to each other. Text in the image reads, "You can't ignore your history," and, "Always remember who they are."
Kaepernick's tweet came after Officer Jeromino Yanez was found not guilty in the death of Philando, whom he shot during a traffic stop in Minnesota.
The aftermath of the shooting was filmed by Philando's girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds, who posted it online, reports the Star Tribune. In the video, 32-year-old Philando is sitting in the driver's seat, covered in blood. Reynolds says in the footage that the couple was pulled over for a broken tail light, adding that the "police shot him for no apparent reason, no reason at all."
Philando reportedly told the officer that he was carrying a gun, for which he had a permit. In court, Yanez testified that Philando was pulling the firearm out of his pocket, despite being told not to. According to the defense, Philando was high on marijuana.
Yanez was found not guilty of all charges that were brought against him, according to Bleacher Report. The charges included second-degree manslaughter and two counts of "intentional discharge of a firearm that endangers safety."
Philando's mother, Valerie Castile, gave a speech outside of the courthouse, where she called Yanez a murderer.
"I'm mad as hell right now. My son loved this city, and this city killed my son," said Valerie. "The system continues to fail black people, and it will continue to fail you all."
Kaepernick, who sparked backlash after he protested police violence and institutional racism by refusing to stand for the national anthem, had previously tweeted about his thoughts on the shooting, writing, "My heart aches for Philando's family."
In August 2016, the NFL free agent spoke out about his decision to protest during the national anthem.
"I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color," Kaepernick explained.
"To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way," he added. "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."