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Local activists support Kaepernick taking a knee

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A group of local racial justice activists rallied in support of San Francisco Quarterback Colin Kaepernick at Sunday's Buffalo Bills-49ers game.

Kaepernick has created controversy this season by refusing to stand during the national anthem. He has been taking a knee while the anthem is played to express his opposition to police shootings involving African-Americans across the nation.

Shaketa Redden of the group "Just Resisting" says that she and other activists took a knee outside Gate 5 during Sunday's anthem. It was captured on video and tweeted out on social media.

"It has nothing to do with the team or the game specifically. It has to do with our right to be able to protest and our right to be able to get across our message: echo what Kaepernick is doing," said Redden. "So we don't have anything against the sport. We don't have anything against the Buffalo Bills."

However, Redden said the group is against Rex Ryan's support of Donald Trump.

"The fact that Rex Ryan has endorsed Trump and also introduced Trump at his rally when he came here in April, I think speaks volumes based off of the values that Trump has," said Redden. "It doesn't to seem to align with the players on the team and doesn't seem to align with people seeking racial justice in this country."

The Veterans Outreach Center was handing out American flags this past week in hopes fans would wave them to show their support for veterans and law enforcement.