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Colin Kaepernick Reveals the Specific Police Shooting That Led Him to Kneel

"The discussion happened shortly after the execution of Mario Woods," the out-of-work QB said.

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    Colin Kaepernick Reveals the Specific Police Shooting That Led Him to Kneel
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    This Sept. 12, 2016, file photo shows Colin Kaepernick and Eric Reid of the San Francisco 49ers kneel in protest during the national anthem prior to playing the Los Angeles Rams in their NFL game at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, California.

    Free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick, about to enter a third consecutive autumn of NFL unemployment, revealed that a specific police shooting led to his activism.

    In an interview with online magazine Paper, Kaepernick said his protests were a response to a deadly December 2015 confrontation between San Francisco police officers and Mario Woods, 26, in the city's Bayview neighborhood.

    Woods, a suspect in a stabbing attack, died after being shot 20 times after he allegedly refused police orders to drop his knife. Woods' family sued the city in a lawsuit that was settled for $400,000.

    Kaepernick, who at the time played for the San Francisco 49ers, said that after the shooting he and his longtime girlfriend, Nessa Diab, devised a plan that included the launching of a Know Your Rights Camp for youth.

    "The discussion happened shortly after the execution of Mario Woods," Kaepernick told Paper in a story posted Tuesday morning.

    Kaepernick's kneeling during the national anthem at games during the 2016 season prompted some other NFL players to follow suit and set off a heated national debate over the appropriateness of such demonstrations during the anthem.

    The quarterback has previously offered a more general explanation that his silent protests were against racism and police brutality.