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Missouri state senator sits during Pledge of Allegiance

MISSOURI — A Missouri politician took a knee in support of San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick who kneeled during the national anthem.

Missouri State Senator Jamilah Nasheed, D-St. Louis, said that Kaepernick's protest inspired her to do the same.

Senator Nasheed sat down while her colleagues recited the Pledge of Allegiance in the State Capitol.

The Democratic senator said her silent protest was to show solidarity with Kaepernick who sat during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial oppression.

Kaepernick was joined by teammate Eric Reid in kneeling during the anthem at a recent game.

Rams defensive end Robert Quinn and receiver Kenny Britt held up fists during the anthem.

Senator Nasheed tweeted about her actions saying, "I stand with Kaepernick and so many others in showing our patriotism by shining a light on injustice."