Good for them. NFL players ran out on the field, before their game on Aug. 18, and paid tribute to Michael Brown by putting their ‘hands up’ in the air, a sign of surrender used by protesters in Ferguson, Missouri who are seeking justice for the teenager’s death.
Before their preseason game on Monday, Aug. 18, several Washington Redskins players paid tribute to Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black teenager who was shot and killed by Darren Wilson, a 28-year-old white police officer, in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9.
Washington Redskins Pay Tribute To Michael Brown
Brandon Meriweather and several other players ran out on the field with their “hands up,” a symbolic gesture that protesters in the St. Louis area have used among reports that Michael was unarmed and not resisting when he was shot and killed.
“We just wanted everybody to know that we support Michael and acknowledge what happened in Ferguson,” Brandon told USA TODAY, following the game against the Cleveland Browns. “Crazy things happen every day in this world.”
Earlier this week, Redskins wide receiver Pierre Garcon posted a picture on Instagram of the team making the same gesture.
“#HandsUpDontShoot We are all #MikeBrown,” he captioned the image.
Michael Brown’s Death: Unfair Targeting By Local Police?
It’s been nearly two weeks since Darren shot and killed Michael, who witnesses say had his hands in the air in a bid to surrender.
Residents in Ferguson have been protesting ever since, because they feel that Michael’s shooting is just the latest in a series of unfair targeting of African Americans by local police.
In time, we hope the town of Ferguson and everyone affected by this tragedy can begin to heal and find some peace. Our thoughts go out to Michael’s friends and family.
– Chris Rogers