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NYPD sergeant claims he was denied a promotion because he supports Colin Kaepernick 

A sergeant from the New York Police Department has claimed that he was passed over for a promotion because he’s a Colin Kaepernick supporter.  

Sgt Edwin Raymond, 33, found out that he wasn’t given his promotion from sergeant to lieutenant on Friday. 

According to the New York Daily News, the officer scored No. 26 out of 1,325 sergeants on the lieutenant’s test. 

Sgt Edwin Raymond (left), 33, of the New York Police Department, has claimed that he was passed over for a promotion because he has supported Colin Kaepernick (right) in the past

Raymond (left) found out he wasn't given his promotion to lieutenant on Friday, despite him scoring No. 26 out of 1,325 sergeants on the lieutenant's test

But Raymond believes he didn't get the promotion because of his past support of Kaepernick

Raymond found out he wasn’t given the promotion to lieutenant on Friday, despite scoring No. 26 out of 1,325 sergeants on the lieutenant’s test. He was told he didn’t get the promotion because of claims filed by other cops regarding his handling of two domestic violence cases

Raymond says he was told that he didn’t get the promotion because of allegations filed by other officers in his unit regarding the way he handled two domestic violence cases.

But he believes he didn’t get the promotion because of his past support of Kaepernick.  

‘It is unfortunate. I did a press conference in support of Colin Kaepernick, using his status to put a spotlight on issues in policing that need to be fixed,’ Raymond told the Daily News. 

‘Because of the controversy a lot of cops criticized him. Me being aligned with him was seen as standing with the enemy.’ 

One allegation against Raymond happened in September 2017 when he responded to a domestic violence call. 

According to the newspaper, a woman who saw her ex-boyfriend, called 911 because of an order of protection. 

Responding officers claimed that Raymond just let him go, but Raymond says otherwise. 

He claims that the man was sitting in his vehicle with his current girlfriend when the ex walked by, according to the Daily News. 

The ex-girlfriend then reportedly broke his car mirror with a bat before calling 911. 

Raymond told the newspaper that he made a decision to not arrest the man despite him having 20 prior arrests.

In August 2017, Raymond (standing at the podium) participated in a gathering alongside about 75 mostly minority officers wearing #imwithkap T-shirts. The officers attended the event to support getting Kaepernick a new job in the National Football League

In August 2017, Raymond (standing at the podium) participated in a gathering alongside about 75 mostly minority officers wearing #imwithkap T-shirts. The officers attended the event to support getting Kaepernick a new job in the National Football League

Kaepernick became a controversial figure in 2016 after he refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against people of color

Kaepernick became a controversial figure in 2016 after he refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against people of color

‘I said, “That doesn’t change today’s circumstances,”‘ Raymond told the Daily News. 

An NYPD official said the complaints against Raymond are being investigated. 

In August 2017, Raymond participated in a gathering alongside about 75 mostly minority officers wearing #imwithkap T-shirts. 

The officers attended the event to support getting Kaepernick a new job in the National Football League. 

Kaepernick became a controversial figure in 2016 after he refused to stand for the national anthem to protest police brutality against people of color. 

He opted out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers and became a free agent. No NFL teams have signed the quarterback since.  

Raymond was also photographed speaking during the event last year as dozens of offices stood in solidarity behind him.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk