Police Call for St Louis Rams Players to be “Disciplined” for Making Hands-Up Gesture

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Missouri police union has condemned players from the St Louis Rams football team for making “hands-up” gestures on the field in solidarity with Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old shot dead in Ferguson, and has threatened to boycott NFL advertisers in response.

The St Louis Police Officers Association claimed that officers found the actions of Tavon Austin, Stedman Bailey, Kenny Britt, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Tre Mason to be “tasteless, offensive and inflammatory”, and demanded that they be disciplined.

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Five of the players emerged for their game against the Oakland Raiders on Sunday with their hands aloft, a gesture used by protesters who claim that Brown was surrendering when he was shot dead by officer Darren Wilson on 9 August.

Last week a grand jury decided not to indict Wilson.

“It touched a lot of us, it added fuel to our fire,” Mason, who raised his hands following a fourth-quarter touchdown, told the Associated Press after the Rams’ 52-0 win.

Britt said: “I don’t want the people in the community to feel like we turned a blind eye to it.”

Cook added: “I just think there has to be a change.”


Tommie Smith and John Carlos were disciplined in the 60s by the US sports establishment for clenching their fists at the Olympics in protest against police brutality.

Jeff Roorda, the police union’s business manager and a fundraiser for Wilson, said in a statement on Sunday that “it was unthinkable that hometown athletes would so publicly perpetuate a narrative that has been disproven over and over again”.

After months of protests over Brown’s shooting, the grand jury’s long-awaited decision led to a night of rioting and looting.
Prosecutors said some witnesses disputed earlier claims that Brown had his hands up after fleeing a struggle at Wilson’s SUV following the officer stopping him for jaywalking.

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Calling for the Rams and NFL to apologise publicly, Roorda said in his statement that he understood the players would be defended as merely exercising their right to free speech.

However, he added: “Cops have first amendment rights too, and we plan to exercise ours.

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“I’d remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertisers’ products,” he said. “It’s cops and the good people of St Louis and other NFL towns that do.”

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  • Bobbie Jo Justice

    when are the thugs with badges going to be punished for committing murder ?

    • Majikhat

      When hell freezes over?

    • Chance

      When people start shooting back. How else does one stop a bully? By standing up for yourself by any means necessary even if it’s certain death.

    • mr frost

      Ambush tactics to start..it’s not like they don’t know they are acting unconstitutionally.. it’s high time they get reminded of who they serve..and the oaths they swore to uphold and defend..ignorance of the law is no excuse..same goes for the police..judges, corrupt prosecution and any attorney that twists the law to suit their desires..

  • Mitch Mitchell

    Tell them to fuck off.

  • This Is Not My Name

    NFL team shows support for its community.
    –> Community protectors (aka police) condemn NFL team

    You know you live under the control of a totalitarian police force when the mere act of expressing support against them is considered insulting.

    in other words:

  • This Is Not My Name

    Let’s not forget that St. Louis has been, for a very long time, the single most segregated city in America. Everyone knew it was a powder keg, and what did the police do you ask? They lit the fuse and now they can’t put out the flames with the same tyranny that ignited the situation.

  • Ed Wesa

    Love it,,,

  • Cromwell

    I couldn’t agree more, give them all a fully paid 3 day suspension!!
    And then allow them to investigate themselves and find their actions
    were all within policy guidelines of human beings.
    Oh the humanity.

  • Harry Houston

    TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242

    Whoever, under color of any law, statute,
    ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State,
    Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any
    rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or
    laws of the United States, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned
    not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts
    committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use,
    attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire,
    shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both;
    and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if
    such acts include kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse,
    or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall
    be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or
    both, or may be sentenced to death.


  • will

    It was actually violent thugs in badges burned down that white car with the witness inside, and burned down that automotive shop. It was cops that were caught on camera throwing rocks at riot police to gain”legal”actions to violate the constitution and Geneva code in order to bomb people with a chemical weapon called tear gas.
    Your can’t trust this system. Every other forensic scientists outside of Missouri have had the chance to read the info that dr. Baden wrote and though he told the parents that his hands were up, he told the jury the opposite yet his findings proved he was lying on the stand.

  • James Stichka
  • Jock Lord

    Ooo the thugs in uniform have their noses out of joint .Fuck them !

    • Jkd

      Do it idiot

      • Jkd

        Let’s see how Bad u are , just go back to school u stupid ass !

  • Joe Joint

    The St Louis police can want in one hand and shit in the other and see which one fills up first…

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  • Ann

    Discipline??? Is the First Amendment beyond dead???? What year did they stop teaching that??

  • noname2200

    .WRONG it’s the little people you big shots refer to as “thugs” that are these men’s biggest fans. not the pigs who get offended because they know these five players were right. and i bet the only reason “eye witnesses” testified in Wilson’s behalf is either because of threats or payment from the pigs. It’s time we citizens take back our towns and STOP cowering to these pigs who misuse their badges because they ALL do it at one point or another.