NYPD officers stand up for unsigned Colin Kaepernick amid new wave of NFL protests

The show of support comes amid more protests during Week 2 of the NFL preseason.

The gathering, at Brooklyn Bridge Park, featured roughly 80 officers, according to the New York Times. Kaepernick has not been signed by an NFL team this season, despite the belief of many football analysts that his talents would prove useful to teams who lack depth at the quarterback position.

"I think that elephant just left the room, because a little mouse ran in here," Lynch said facetiously, responding to a question from a reporter who referred to the protests as "the elephant in the room."

Kaepernick was critical of the police last season after a series of highly publicized incidents in which black men were shot and killed by officers across the U.S.

"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 said in 2016 during the preseason after his protests first drew the attention of the media. "To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

The quarterback also drew intense criticism from officers after photos emerged of him wearing black athletic socks covered in illustrated pigs wearing police hats during a practice on August 10, 2016.

Kaepernick wrote in response to the controversy that he has family members who were police officers, and that he wore the controversial socks prior to taking a "public stance."

In addition to Saturday’s gathering of New York police, the NAACP of Atlanta has called for a boycott of the NFL if Kaepernick does not find a team to play for this season.