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St. Louis Police Condemn the Rams For Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Gesture Before Ram-Raiders Game

December 1, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
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The St. Louis Police Officers Association have condemned the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture that several St. Louis Rams players made during the game on Sunday as a show of support for Ferguson protesters.

A statement by the association blasted the action and demanded the players who participated in the act to be disciplined, and demanded the Rams and the NFL apologize:

The St. Louis Police Officers Association is profoundly disappointed with the members of the St. Louis Rams football team who chose to ignore the mountains of evidence released from the St. Louis County Grand Jury this week and engage in a display that police officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory.

While the players were introduced, five Rams players ran onto the field with their hands raised in a show of support for Ferguson protesters.

The “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture is known as the sign for surrendering to police, and is used by demonstrators protesting  the killing of Michael Brown by Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Some witnesses claimed Brown had his hands up when he was shot.

Rams tight end Jared Cook said “I just think there has to be a change, No matter what happened on that day, no matter how the whole situation went down, there has to be a change.”

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