US navy probes video of ‘Kaeper­nick dog at­tack’

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The US Navy is in­ves­ti­gat­ing an in­ci­dent in which dogs at­tacked a “Colin Kaeper­nick stand-in” dur­ing a K-9 demon­stra­tion dur­ing a 2019 fundraiser at the Navy Seals Mu­seum in Florida.

The Navy said in a state­ment posted on Twit­ter that of­fi­cials be­came aware of the video on Sun­day.

Kaeper­nick is a former San Fran­cisco 49ers quar­ter­back who be­gan kneel­ing dur­ing the play­ing of The Star Span­gled Ban­ner be­fore games to protest against so­cial in­jus­tice and po­lice bru­tal­ity. He played his fi­nal NFL game in Jan­uary 2017.

The videos show four dogs at­tack­ing a man, who is wear­ing a red Kaeper­nick foot­ball shirt over heav­ily padded gear as peo­ple stand nearby watch­ing. In a sec­ond video, the man is lay­ing on the ground when he is ap­proached by men wear­ing fa­tigues and hold­ing ri­fles, say­ing, “On your belly”.

The man replies, “Oh, man, I will stand”, as he rolls over, fol­lowed by laugh­ing from the crowd.

The videos were ap­par­ently posted on In­sta­gram last year and resur­faced over the week­end.

“The in­her­ent mes­sage of this video is com­pletely in­con­sis­tent with the val­ues and ethos of Naval Spe­cial War­fare and the US Navy,” the state­ment said.

The Navy said the “ini­tial in­di­ca­tions” are that no ac­tive duty per­son­nel or equip­ment were used in the demon­stra­tion at the “in­de­pen­dent or­gan­i­sa­tion’s event”.

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