St. Louis Police Officers Association condemns Rams’ Ferguson gesture

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Before Sunday’s game against the Raiders, several Rams players raised their hands in reference to the still-lingering controversy that originated Ferguson, Missouri regarding the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

After Sunday’s game, the St. Louis Police Officers Assocation condemned the gesture.

“The St. Louis Police Officers Association is profoundly disappointed with the members of the St. Louis Rams football team who chose to ignore the mountains of evidence released from the St. Louis County Grand Jury this week and engage in a display that police officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory,” the SLPOA said, via

The full text of the statement can be seen here.

“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,” SLPOA Business Manager Jeff Roorda said, via  “Our officers have been working 12-hour shifts for over a week, they had days off including Thanksgiving cancelled so that they could defend this community from those on the streets that perpetuate this myth that Michael Brown was executed by a brother police officer and 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.”

Roorda anticipated the argument that the Rams players have the ability to say what they want.

“I know that there are those that will say that these players are simply exercising their First Amendment rights,” Roorda said.  “Well, I’ve got news for people who think that way, cops have first amendment rights too, and we plan to exercise ours.  I’d remind the NFL and their players that it is not the violent thugs burning down buildings that buy their advertiser’s products.  It’s cops and the good people of St. Louis and other NFL towns that do.”

For an issue that already was controversial and polarizing, it’s no surprise that the Rams’ gesture added to the controversy.

23 responses to “St. Louis Police Officers Association condemns Rams’ Ferguson gesture

  1. Roorda is an idiot. Mountains of evidence? Please. McColloch’s shameful effort with the grand jury is the reason there was no indictment. Wilson ultimately may have been found innocent, but McColloch did everything possible to tank the prosecution.

  2. I so happy the Rams did what they did. I will hate to read the comment tomorrow morning tho. We are all equal. Skin color doesn’t mean anything to me at least. Love and respect each and every one of you the same.

  3. Let their union handle the safety issues. Police union needs to stand up for their officers and step away from all things Rams at this time. Let the players defend themselves without the arm of the law protecting them and see how fast they change their tune.

  4. Roorda could not have said it any better. He is spot on! But the NFL are full of uneducated athletes who only know how to play a sport and little else.
    Why look at facts and evidence when a stupid emotional reaction is easier? Thank you Roorda for putting things so accurately and succinctly.

  5. I support our police officers! There are bad apples in every profession, but the vastly overwhelming majority of cops are hard-working good people who put their safety on the line every day to protect us. I don’t know what happened in Ferguson, but I do know that even if Wilson acted wrongly, it has no bearing on the other hundreds of thousands of police officers in our great nation.

  6. I looked at the facts and evidence and he’s spot wrong!!! And I’m not an idiot!!! How many feet was Brown from Wilson when he decided to shoot him in the head? Where was his radio? Where was his pepper spray? Where was his Jake? PS He doesn’t speak for all Law Officers, because I am one!! Wilson’s the type that makes use all look bad!!!

  7. How can someone logically conclude that his comments were against black people? Michael Brown had just committed a violent crime before he was shot! Is the assumption that black people are so stupid that they all think Michael Brown was innocent simply because he was black?! If so, this country is somehow dumber than I thought, which would be impressively stupid.

  8. I love people that voice there opinion and have no idea what it’s like to be in Law Enforcement! Rooda should keep his mouth shut! He was kicked out for falsifying County documents! He sure doesn’t speak for this Cop!!!!!

  9. The reason people think negatively of police is because of how things are handled when there is an incident. Usually goes something like this:

    Incident occurs
    Officer submits a false police report (if any)
    Police close ranks and cover for bad officer
    Officer is cleared of any wrong doing often without a trial in spite of evidence that can only be sorted out thru a full examination and cross examination of the facts

    Lather, rinse, repeat!

  10. The Justice department with AG Eric Holder also with the FBI also conducted their own investigation with the same evidence presented to the grand jury. This fact seems to have gotten lost. To try and blame the head prosecutor and say the fix was in the whole time is simply untrue.

  11. Also don’t play this game that it’s not about racist junk with me! Like I said, I work in the field and know all to well about a Profiling! It is a most defiantly a Black-white issue!

  12. I totally agree with Roorda. Everyone wants the police to protect them. Everyone expects to be able to walk the streets safely. To attend sporting events safely. To shop safely. Who affords us that safety…police. No matter your belief in guilt or innocence….believe the police risk their lives every day defending our rights!

  13. Read the grand jury testimony. There was no possible way to indict him based on what they had to work with because the only reliable witnesses all backed up Wilson’s account; most of the witnesses who said they saw Brown “executed” by Wilson were exposed as liars, and some didn’t even see it happen and just peddled rumors and other people’s stories off as their own. And for these Rams players to come out in support of someone who robbed a convenience store and then got shot after attacking a cop is just ridiculous

  14. “You mad bro?!” This hissy fit is a joke. For people who think these protests are ONLY about Brown, you couldn’t be any more wrong. Across the country young black men have been murdered by the shield and they hide behind the tired excuse, “I was in fear for my life!” when these men have overwhelmingly been unarmed. Brown was just a catalyst. The last straw. Whether Brown rightfully was killed or maliciously murdered, these protests, these movements have been boiling for a while. As for the argument, “there are bad apples in every profession.”, then weed them out. Don’t cover for them. Don’t hide there misdeeds. Hold them to the standard the shield requires and expects. Don’t turn a blind eye to your brother in blue who you KNOW is guilty as sin. Call them like you see them. Don’t give passes just because they wear the uniform. You want to build trust in the communities? Treat everyone equal, badge or no badge. You want people to go back to the “good old days” (when social media and instant video was a dream) where cops were unequivocally seen as the good guys? Do what is needed. Until that happens, you get what you deserve.

  15. Good for him! These 5 obviously ignored the truth just like the looters. I’m sure there is police activity worth protesting but this was an open and shut case.

  16. I’m disappointed no one protests black on black murders. They are all hypocrites. There have been 133 murders in St. Louis this year, probably higher now, yet not a peep from the so called leaders to address that issue.

  17. The team hosted a huge group of Ferguson business owners at the game. These guys simply used this as a gesture,not to pick sides and SAID SO. they did it to show support of the community of Ferguson, not the violence. They’ve been helping 3 high school teams displaced by all the mess.

  18. Britt picked sides even though he said he wasn’t. Having “Michael Brown” written on your wrist band is a clear sign of that. If not then have something like “I support Ferguson” or something.

  19. Yes because you would call your radio if a 6’4 near 300 pound man (regardless of color) had already touched the officers gun and broke his nose. His life was in danger, don’t be so damn stupid. So dumb. You can teach someone how not to be stupid, but ignorance is another thing.

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