St. Louis Rams come onto field displaying ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ in support of Ferguson
Members of the NFL’s St. Louis Rams came onto their home field on Sunday posing with the ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ gesture associated with the shooting of teenager Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.
The gesture has become part of a movement designed to draw attention to the spate of shootings of young African-American men by police officers across the country.
As player introductions began at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, five players — Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens, and Kenny Britt — came out onto the field first, to the applause of the crowd, before being joined by their teammates.
The gesture comes on the weekend following protests after a Ferguson grand jury declined to indict Wilson in the death of Brown.
Wilson resigned from the Ferguson police force on Saturday, saying it was “the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do.”
Watch a Vine of the gesture uploaded by Rebelutionary_Z.