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St. Louis Rams players saluted Ferguson protesters with a public display at Sunday’s game.
Five of the NFL team’s players emerged from the tunnel at St. Louis’ Edward Jones Dome before the game with their hands raised to show support for Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb.
Wide receivers Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt were the first to take the field with their hands in the air in what appeared to be a “don’t shoot” pose.
Stedman Bailey, Jared Cook and Chris Givens followed with the gesture in a tribute to the people of Ferguson, where police officer Darren Wilson shot teen Michael Brown in August. A grand jury decided earlier this month not to indict Wilson, leading to protests in Ferguson and in major cities across the U.S.
Following Tre Mason‘s fourth-quarter touchdown in the Rams’ 52-0 rout of the Oakland Raiders, he and Britt both raised their hands.
Earlier in the fall, the Rams gave free tickets to a number of Ferguson-area high school football teams as a show of support.
A still from CBS’ broadcast of the game can be seen below, courtesy of SB Nation’s Twitter page.
— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 30, 2014
Late Sunday, the St. Louis Police Officers Association said in a news release that it was “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.”
The association’s business manager Jeff Roorda said: “Now that the evidence is in and Officer Wilson’s account has been verified by physical and ballistic evidence as well as eye-witness testimony, which led the grand jury to conclude that no probable cause existed that Wilson engaged in any wrongdoing, it is unthinkable that hometown athletes would so publicly perpetuate a narrative that has been disproven over and over again.”
Nov. 30, 8:30 p.m. Updated with the St. Louis Police Officers Association statement.
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