The St. Louis Police Officers Association is furious after five players on the St. Louis Rams were ‘tasteless’ and made the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ gesture during the Nov. 30, game against the Oakland Raiders.
The St. Louis Rams showed that they support the Ferguson, Missouri protesters during the Nov. 30, game after players, Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Kenny Britt, made the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture. According to a new report, the St. Louis Police Officers Association is calling for the players to make a “very public apology” and to be punished for their actions!
St. Louis Rams Ferguson — Police Ask For Punishment After Protest Gesture
The St. Louis police are not happy with the Rams Ferguson protest display during their game against the Oakland Raiders on Nov. 30. Fox News reports that the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association is very disappointed with what they call a “display that police officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory.”
The gesture in question is the “hands up, don’t shoot” sign which has been commonly used by the protestors who are protesting the decision that the St. Louis County grand jury made to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Over the course of the game, the gesture was used twice. The fist time all five players participated as they made their way onto the field prior to kickoff. Later is appeared again after Tre Mason scored a touchdown.
The site reports that after the game, Jared Cook said, “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,” he said. “No matter what happened on that day, no matter how the whole situation went down, there has to be a change.”
Rams coach, Jeff Fisher assured that he had no knowledge that the players were planning on making any sort of gesture.
The Daily Mail reports that, St. Louis Police Officers Association Business Manager, Jeff Roorda said in a statement, “I know that there are those that will say that these players are simply exercising their First Amendment rights. Well I’ve got news for people who think that way, cops have first amendment rights too, and we plan to exercise ours.”
The site also reports that Jeff has plans to speak to the Rams and the NFL on Dec. 1, and was extremely upset with both organizations for allowing such behavior, calling it “remarkably hypocritical.”
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— Caitlin Beck