Police officers call on-field gesture ‘offensive’ as they demand an apology.
Furious St Louis cops have demanded that NFL players who made the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ gesture in solidarity with Ferguson protesters are punished by their superiors.
Officials from the St Louis County Police Association – the police union for the area including Ferguson – said that it was ‘profoundly disappointed’ in the five players who made the gesture.
Officers released an angry statement saying the players ‘ignored mountains of evidence’ vindicating Darren Wilson over the shooting of 18-year-old Micheal Brown, for which a grand jury recently declined to indict him.
The statement, given to the KSDK TV station, described the gesture, which protesters have adopted across the nation, as: ‘tasteless, offensive and inflammatory’.
It is a reference to witness accounts of the shooting, some of which claim Brown was raising his hands in surrender when he was shot 12 times by Wilson. The accounts have been disputed.
Some of the full text:
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.
Five members of the Rams entered the field today exhibiting the ‘hands-up-don’t-shoot’ pose that has been adopted by protestors [sic] who accused Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson of murdering Michael Brown. The gesture has become synonymous with assertions that Michael Brown was innocent of any wrongdoing and attempting to surrender peacefully when Wilson, according to some now-discredited witnesses, gunned him down in cold blood.
SLPOA 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 [sic] again.”
Roorda was incensed that the Rams and the NFL would tolerate such behavior and called it remarkably hypocritical.
‘All week long, the Rams and the NFL were on the phone with the St. Louis Police Department asking for assurances that the players and the fans would be kept safe from the violent protesters who had rioted, looted, and burned buildings in Ferguson.
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