Photos emerged this week of Kaepernick at an Aug. 10 practice at San Francisco's Kezar Stadium wearing black athletic socks covered in illustrated pigs wearing a police hats. The term "pig" is a derogatory term for police officers.
The Burlington Police Department in Vermont tweeted, "Wearing 'pig socks' cannot be compared to protesting oppression in broad, powerful messages like Ali, Smith & Carlos. Inspiring vs. crass." Another tweet read, "Wealthy, privileged person's free speech dehumanizes entire group of human beings. Sound familiar, #Kaepernick?"
Not only do the "rouge cops" put the community in danger, but they also put cops with the "right intentions in danger by creating an environment of tension and mistrust," he wrote.
After stating that he has two uncles and friends who are police officers, Kaepernick wrote that he wore the socks in the past to take a "public stance."
“When there’s significant change and I feel like that flag represents what it’s supposed to represent in this country, I’ll stand,” Kaepernick told reporters Sunday.
Tonight's game is noteworthy because it is Military Night, billed as a tribute to "hundreds of thousands of current and retired military personnel who live and work in San Diego," according to the Chargers website.
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media.
“To me, this is bigger than football, and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way," he said. "There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."
ABC News' Michael Edison Hayden contributed to this report.