The St. Louis Rams showed support for Ferguson, Missouri, when the team entered the field for Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders with their hands up.
The St. Louis Rams’ Ferguson solidarity, said Bleacher Report’s Kyle Newport, was not just a move for the pre-game.
“The St. Louis Rams want the people of Ferguson, Missouri, to know that they are behind them during a rough time.
“Before Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, several Rams players—including receivers Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt—showed their support by doing the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ signal that has become popular among protestors.
“After the Rams scored a touchdown in the first quarter, the gesture made another appearance.”
Seth Rosenthal at SB Nation said the St. Louis Rams’ Ferguson support has been evident at more than today’s (November 30) game against Oakland, pointing to specific moves the team has made for Ferguson youth.
“The Rams have been both passively and actively involved in the aftermath of the Ferguson shooting. The team invited Ferguson-area students to a preseason game in August, and in October, crowds held signs and started chants regarding Ferguson both inside and outside the Edward Jones Dome.”
The St. Louis Rams’ Ferguson support shown from the field comes as the city’s police department has accepted the resignation of Darren Wilson, the white police officer who a grand jury declined to prosecute in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was African American.
Wilson, who has now resigned from the department, has maintained since the beginning that he felt threatened and acted in self-defense, though protesters for months have said the shooting death of Michael Brown was murder.
A grand jury convened to hear evidence in the case may not be the end, though, as the United States Justice Department is still investigating the police department in the wake of the shooting. And as with the O.J. Simpson acquittal in the 1990s in the stabbing deaths of his ex-wife Nichole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman, a wrongful death suit could be an option against Wilson just as both families brought and won a wrongful death lawsuit against Simpson.
What do you think? Do you agree with the Rams’ show of solidarity with Ferguson, and what do you think of the grand jury decision to not charge Darren Wilson with a crime following the death of Michael Brown? Tell us in the comments section below.
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