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Kaepernick's Visit to Rikers Island Stirs Rebuke From Officers

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By    |   Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:32 PM

Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick reportedly paid a surprise visit Tuesday to inmates on Rikers Island, drawing an immediate rebuke from city correction officers at the lockup.

The New York Daily News reported the union representing city correction officers promptly yanked its sponsorship of a Christmas tree lighting celebration.

"This will only encourage inmates to continue to attack Correction Officers at a time when we need more protection," Elias Husamudeen, president of the Correction Officers Benevolent Association, told the Daily News.

According to the New York Post, Kaepernick spoke to 26 inmates during an approximate two-hour sit-down at the jail's George Motchan Detention Center.

During the visit, Kaepernick talked about social justice issues and his decision to kneel during the national anthem, sparking a nationwide trend, the Post reported.

"Inmates asked him about him taking a knee. His response was that it was in protest to police brutality," Patrick Ferraiuolo, president of the Correction Captain's Association, told the Post. "I don't see what taking a knee against the American flag has to do with police brutality. That's ridiculous."

Husamudeen told the Daily News the visit was particularly galling in light of Kaepernick's September 2016 donning of socks that depicted police officers as cartoon pigs.

"Once again, correction officers find themselves caught in Mayor [Bill] de Blasio's political con-game," Husamudeen told the News. "This is yet another brazen display of the hypocrisy of this mayor who pretends to support us in public, yet does everything possible to jeopardize our security in private."

Rikers Island has seen several instances of violence perpetrated against guards at the hands of inmates in recent years.

The city defended the visit.

"Colin Kaepernick visited Rikers today to share a message of hope and inspiration," Correction Department spokesman Peter Thorne told both outlets.

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