In the three-and-a-half weeks since NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick first gained attention for his silent protest of the national anthem before football games, more than 60 people have been killed by police.
The Washington Post, which has been tracking fatal police-involved shootings since 2015, puts the number at 64. That’s nearly three people a day since Kaepernick’s protest went viral on Aug. 26.
ATTN reports one Twitter user calculates the number at 67.
The Guardian’s tracker for U.S. police killings puts the number at 71.
A central part of Kaepernick’s protest is police brutality, which he said is one of “a lot of things” that need to change in America.
According to The Washington Post, 990 people were shot and killed by police in 2015. That number now stands at 697 for the year 2016. The Guardian’s tracker counts a much higher number, 782. And these aren’t just unarmed black men being shot. They’re men and women of all ethnic backgrounds.
The latest police killing to make headlines happened last Friday. Footage of that shooting emerged this week. Forty-year-old Terence Crutcher was shot and killed while tending to his broken down vehicle in Oklahoma. Crutcher, a church choir member, had been returning from his music appreciation class at a nearby community college when his car stalled. Helicopter footage shows that Crutcher had his hands in the air during the encounter with several police officers.
Many Twitter users have pointed out that public figures like Kate Upton, Drew Brees, and Tiki Barber, who were critical of Kaepernick’s protest, have been painfully silent on the issue of recent police violence, including Crutcher’s death.
While Kaepernick hasn’t tweeted a statement about the latest police shooting, he has retweeted a number of comments and links about outrage over Crutcher’s death.