It seems like everything around us has gotten progressively worse since the lack of an indictment for Darren Wilson in the killing of Mike Brown. Bigots hold their head high while Blacks in America continue to live in fear of being Black in America, and it’s as if no good has come from any of this.
Yesterday, in an act of solidarity with Mike Brown, five St. Louis Rams players – tight end Jared Cook and wide receivers Stedman Baily, Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, and Kenny Britt – walked onto the field for their game against the Raiders with their hands up in a gesture affiliated with global protests. It was a touching, if subtle, act of support.
“I just think there has to be a change,” Cook said after the Rams crushed the Raiders 52-0. “There has to be a change that starts with the people that are most influential around the world. No matter what happened on that day, no matter how the whole situation went down, there has to be a change.” Britt added, “I don’t want the people in the community to feel like we turned a blind eye to it. What would I like to see happen? Change in America.”
But the St. Louis Police Officers Association felt a type of way about the whole thing and had the balls to not only condemn the gesture, but demand a “very public apology” from the NFL and the Rams. In an official statement citing the “mountains of evidence” in favor of Wilson, the SLPOA said, “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.”
That the SLPOA would even feel the need to voice their opinion on such a benign act of expression just goes to show how a little bit of resistance can make a cop’s anger flare up. The NFL has already announced they will not be disciplining the Rams nor the players involved. Read the whole statement here.