MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A “take a knee” rally protesting police violence is planned for Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium ahead of the Vikings playoff game against the New Orleans Saints.
The group Take A Knee Nation Twin Cities says the demonstration will be in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. On Facebook, the group said that if he were alive today, the civil rights leader would be protesting police violence.READ MORE: Minneapolis Police, Community Groups Help Bring 18-Hour Standoff To Peaceful End
The Sunday demonstration is planned for 2:30 p.m. outside the downtown Minneapolis stadium. It’s slated to go for about an hour, up until the game starts at 3:40 p.m.READ MORE: Solar Panels Start Duluth House Fire
Over the course of the NFL season, there’s been other pre-game demonstrations at U.S.Bank Stadium where dozens knelt against police violence, specifically in regards to the deaths of Jamar Clark, Philando Castile and Justine Damond.
The kneeling protest was first popularized by NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who took a knee during the national anthem to highlight concerns over police shootings and racism in the U.S.MORE NEWS: Media Attorney Calls For Release Of Chauvin Juror Names
Take A Knee Nation Twin Cities says that over the Super Bowl weekend the group plans to host a conference on race and police violence in Minneapolis.