“Hands Up Don Shoot” is a significant gesture that has been commonly used by demonstrators and protestors around the country since the August 9 shooting death of 18 Year old Michael Brown by police Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson Missouri. The gesture was originated because according to some witnesses,”…Brown had his hands up before he was fatally shot.
Prior to kickoff of their game against the Oakland Raiders five Rams players: wide receivers Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt came out together and raised their hands, Jared Cook, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens then came out and stood together with hands raised in the fog.
Well, the St. Louis police officers’ group wanted the NFL to penalized. According to reports, “…The St. Louis Police Officers’ Association said it was “profoundly disappointed” with what it called a “display that police officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory.” It called for the players involved to be disciplined and for both the league and team to issue a “very public apology.”
The Rams did go on to win the game 52-0, after the game Cook had this to say “I just think there has to be a change,”…”There has to be a change that starts with the people that are most influential around the world.
However recent reports say,”…A St. Louis Rams official and a county police officer differed Monday about whether the team had apologized for five of its players raising their hands in unison to show support for the Ferguson protesters….it went on to say…”St. Louis County Police PIO Sgt. Brian Schellman said Chief Jon Belmar was contacted by Rams’ COO Kevin Demoff. Belmar did not ask for the Rams to contact him.
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