Colin Kaepernick initiative offering free autopsies to family members of 'police related' deaths

Colin Kaepernick initiative offering free autopsies to family members of 'police related' deaths

February 24, 2022

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Colin Kaepernick will be offering free secondary autopsies to family members of people whose death is deemed “politically related.”

The autopsies are part of a new initiative through Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Camp and will collaborate with pathologists who are board certified and preform autopsies, according to KTVU.

According to the report, the pathologists will preform the autopsies and disclose both preliminary findings as well as final reports to the families who request them.

Director Spike Lee and Colin Kapernick sit courtside on February 2, 2022, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
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Nicole Martin, program manager for the Autopsy Initiative said that she hopes it is will be a resource for family members who have lost close ones due to a police-related death.

“I am passionate about the Initiative’s impact and look forward to being a resource to victims’ family members who have lost their loved ones due to a police-related death,” Martin said.

Colin Kaepernick
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The initiative seeks to take away concerns of family members who may feel as if the first autopsy was manipulated or was conduced with bias.

FILE – In this Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif. When Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to take a stand against police brutality, racial injustice and social inequality, he was vilified by people who considered it an offense against the country, the flag and the military. Nearly four years later, it seems more people are starting to side with Kaepernick’s peaceful protest and now are calling out those who don’t understand the intent behind his action.
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Dr. Cyril Wecht, pathology coordinator for the program, said that the program experienced forensic pathologists will be conducting the autopsies.

“I am extremely enthusiastic about this truly unique program. The opportunity to have unbiased second autopsies performed by independent, experienced forensic pathologists in police-related deaths will provide victims’ families with knowledge that the true facts of any such case have been thoroughly analyzed and prepared for appropriate utilization whenever deemed necessary,” Wecht said.

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