Justice For All? Colin Kaepernick, Terence Crutcher and Why We Protest

When 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began sitting down during the national anthem in the NFL preseason, few noticed.

It wasn’t until his team’s third preseason game that his quiet protest quickly became public. Some critics pounced, shouting that the QB’s demonstration was unwarranted, disrespectful and inappropriate.

On September 16th, less than one month after Kapernick’s protest became the talk of the nation, 40-year-old Terence Crutcher’s car stalled in the middle of the road.

When law enforcement arrived, his hands were in the air and he walked towards his car. A helicopter swirled. A group of police officers closed in. In the midst of the encounter, Crutcher — who was unarmed — was shot dead.

In this Grio original video, we take a look at the dynamic of policing, protest and patriotism in America — and why some people won’t stand for the anthem until there is truly “justice for all.”