St. Louis Police Want Apology, Suspension Of Rams Players For Ferguson Protest
The St. Louis Police Officers Association is demanding a “very public apology” and discipline for players who participated in an on-field protest Sunday.
Five St. Louis Rams Rams players walked on to the field using the “hands up, don’t shoot” pose adopted by protestors in Ferguson, Mo. following the Michael Brown shooting. The gesture seemingly angered the St. Louis Police Officers Association, who have demanded a “very public apology” and for the players involved to be disciplined.
The statement characterized the SLPOA’s position as “profoundly disappointed” with the Rams.
According to a statement released by the organization – quoting business manager Jeff Roorda – since Ferguson officer Darren Wilson was not indicted by a grand jury and since St. Louis police work to protect the team’s stadium, NFL players have no right to voice their opinion on the matter…
Rams players Tavon Austin, Kenny Britt, Stedman Bailey, Jared Cook and Chris Givens were the players who made the gesture before Sunday’s 52-0 win over the Raiders.
Roorda dismissed the notion of First Ammendment rights as well:
“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.