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Video: St. Louis POA Demands Punishment for Rams Players in Ferguson Protest

December 01, 2014  | 

VIDEO: St. Louis POA Demands Punishment for Rams Players in Ferguson Protest

A St. Louis police officers' group called on the NFL to punish five Rams players who stood with their hands raised before trotting onto the field for pregame introductions Sunday, reports Fox News.

The St. Louis Police Officers' Association said it was "profoundly disappointed" with what it called a "display that police officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory." It called for the players involved to be disciplined and for both the league and team to issue a "very public apology."

The so-called "hands up, don't shoot" gesture has been commonly used by demonstrators protesting the decision of a St. Louis County grand jury to not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the August 9 shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in suburban Ferguson, Mo.

SLPOA Business Manager Jeff Roorda was quoted in a statement released by the organization as saying " 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 ... then, as the players and their fans sit safely in their dome under the watchful protection of hundreds of St. Louis's finest, they take to the turf to call a now-exonerated officer a murderer, that is way out-of-bounds, to put it in football parlance."

Comments (20)

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notmeofficer @ 12/1/2014 4:19 PM

How about these primadonnas who get paid millions and are worshiped go down to the community and start a pal football league.. or make a fundraising event for all the shop keepers who got burned out... or have a benefit concert to raise money for community projects

Or would they rather sit in their luxury mansions and tell others how bad it is?

ChuckW @ 12/1/2014 4:26 PM

As with anything (well most anything) in our free society, these maroons (as Buggs Bunny would say) have the right to their own opinion. No matter how erroneous, how ignorant, how racially biased, how asinine it may be. No matter what the evidence shows or has shown, their racial blinders will not let them admit to nor will it allow them to see the non-racial truth. We on the other hand also have rights, we have the right to not purchase anything remotely associated to this team, the players or the NFL. I have no idea how we as a society have fallen so far down the hill that a bunch of self important sycophant, over paid game players can spit in our faces and still expect to be paid (and we do) the salaries of kings. They don't want to support common sense, the rule of law and the process, stop supporting them, easy enough.

csp @ 12/1/2014 4:31 PM

You can take the thugs out of the Ghetto but you can't take the Ghetto out of the thugs. God Bless L.E. and stay safe brothers!!

James @ 12/1/2014 4:37 PM

Let's see, we can walk out of the tunnel wih our hands up in the hands up, don't shoot symbol, or we can take a chunk of our high end pay checks and donate to some of the business owners who lost financially due to the protesters and the riots. Nah, not my money bro! Wouldn't want to send a message that both sides of the argument can agree on.

Chuck @ 12/1/2014 4:44 PM

These guys were just surrendering to the opposing team. They've taken too many head shots to actually stand for anything important.

kevCopAz @ 12/1/2014 5:07 PM

I agree with the others But perhaps we (LEOS) should refuse to work the football games there or perhaps the entire league until they are punished. We can afford to stop the off-duty work, the security inside and outside the games, the personal protection details for these folks, traffic duty any and ALL support anything that makes the NFL function and see if they raise their hands again. Yes they have a right to have an opinion, BUT NOT WHILE "ON DUTY" and in UiNIFORM working for the NFL just like we LEOs . Lets see if Cops will support one another in a boycott like this one?

Tom Ret @ 12/1/2014 6:03 PM

It is obvious these bozos and those who support them, have no regard for law
enforcement or the rule of law. It is time law enforcement communicate in ways they will understand and in no uncertain terms that the cops aren't going to take their crap anymore. It needs to cost the Rams so this blatant spit in the eye of law enforcement is not repeated. I'm retired and it still pisses me off so I can only wonder what active duty officers are feeling. It is time to take a stand or life in law enforcement is much more likely to get worse before it gets better. KevCopAz has mentioned some avenues of response.

Capt. Crunch @ 12/1/2014 10:47 PM

csp, said it all. If these idiots were not playing football they would be out robbing someone.

Terry F. Zech VAPD (RET) @ 12/1/2014 11:20 PM

These players should be suspended for the rest of the year without pay. They have shown that they don't believe in our justice system even with all the evidence that wasn't presented to the Grand Jury.

DeputyDog @ 12/2/2014 1:59 AM

Does anybody really expect the NFL to do anything? This is the same organization that just this year banned off duty officers from carrying firearms in the stadiums. They have proven they don't support LE, so why should we expect a sudden change? It would seem that, like too many these days, they don't want a cop around until they need a cop around.

Ordinary Joe @ 12/2/2014 5:09 AM

All have good ideas on how to punish the NFL. From my viewpoint, most LEOs bend over backwards to protect the players in return for free tickets and stuff. They seem to be star struck and unable to enforce the law equally. Some players actually hire off duty officers to act as their bodyguards. So calls for boycotting assignments is not going to work.

Many mixed messages. They don't want off duty to carry in stadiums, but want off duty to protect them. I say, leave them to their own devices and enforce the law equally.

A. Moskowitz @ 12/2/2014 5:43 AM

I would like to see the "Crime Stats" of the Players next to their regular stats.
I am quite sure it would paint a VIVID picture of who is actually inside the NFL uniform. These are not role models. Lets not continue to treat them as such.

Marco @ 12/2/2014 6:28 AM

I have to agree with kevcopAZ, If you are working an outside detail providing security or traffic control for ANY NFL team, refuse to sign up. Obviously if it is an assigned detail through the department you must work it. When the NFL realizes they have insufficient security, only then will they do something. But alas, cops individuals pocket books usually win out over their communal outrage.

plato's playdough @ 12/2/2014 6:37 AM

You can't hold it against them that much. They did not see the end of the story. All they ever say was the silly-putty version that the media presented, all stretched out.

The media consistently sided with the the people who said "We can't be held accountable for our actions " when referring to themselves, does not express regret for being there to incite the riot when they shouted "Burn this Bitch Down."

Of course they cannot take a similar stance for the Officer defending his own life.

Gov Nixon is related to have said "When I was 18, I did some things that, if people knew, I wouldn't be Governor."

Man, the drama never ends, does it?

S.S. @ 12/2/2014 8:44 AM

I just don't think these idiots realized what they were doing. I'd say its typical from these players for them to have done this gesture. They just don't get it. as far as im concerned they can take their apology and shove it up their a**. Understand that in 10 years or less these guys aren't gonna be playing anymore and will probably be broke. So who gives a shit on these idiots.

Tbow426 @ 12/2/2014 11:20 AM

If I was a Saint Louis cop of any kind PD, SO, Trooper I would not work any security at Rams ball games. If I was assigned I'd take a sick day. The hell with them. NFL will only allow uniformed cops to be armed at games so no cops... no guns. Let someone "burn the bitch down" and the rides of the players that made the gestures.

Concerned Citizen @ 12/2/2014 11:24 PM

Are people too stupid to look at the facts of the case? Look at the Incriminating Evidence against the Brown Family. 1. Michael Brown was a strong Arm robber. Video proved it. Michael Brown's Mothers Leslie beat people selling T-Shirts of her son with metal pipe. And Michael Brown Sr. Incites Riots. They are a crime family. The Writing is on the Wall. This isn't an issue about Color. It's about Criminal activity. Sooner or later MB would have killed someone with a gun, or have been killed by a Gang Banger. The media makes a big deal about "unarmed man/teen". But if that little brat had access to "Arms" pun intended. He would have killed the store clerk, and five or six innocent "black people" . Because Ferguson is close to 70% black. Mikes mother and stepfather belong in jail! Not because they're black, but because they're lawbreakers! The RAMS should clean house and throw out the THUGS on the football team!

krisnlc @ 12/3/2014 8:45 AM

Bad judgment by these players. As concerned citizen outlined it, the evidence against Brown is in front of us...him attacking a police officer resulted in his death, but probably prevented and innocent persons death. Good riddance to him. Having said that, they do have the right to freedom of speech...and although they are idiots for what they is the law enforcement community that (within our borders) that allows them to protects their rights to be stupid. As Forrest Gump said "stupid is what stupid does".

SDM @ 12/3/2014 9:15 AM

I would love to see the NFL'S reaction if a White player had a Black player "Bum rush him and then pretend to shoot the subject rushing him." We all know that the NFL would have really over reacted to such an exhibition with suspensions. So what is the difference from the Hands Up display. The NFL really missed the mark this time.

Sherry @ 12/7/2014 7:55 PM

I think this was a great way to get the point across that shooting unarmed people has to stop.
EXCELLENT, It got the attention of law enforcement which have there many ways of not listening when a person says they can't breathe.

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