The four St. Louis Rams players that entered the stadium for a game this past week have caused a lot of controversy for their “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture, but many are speaking up in their defense.
The most recent to commend the players for their actions is the Ethical Society of Police, which is an organization for black police officers in St. Louis.
While the St. Louis Police Department thinks the players should be punished for their gesture, as it was “tasteless, offensive, and inflammatory,” according to the ESOP Facebook page, the group said of the players:
We think that their actions were commendable and that they should not be ridiculed, disciplined or punished for taking a stand on this very important issue which is of great concern around the world and especially in the community where these players work.
Another post on the page took a shot at the St. Louis Police Officers Organization:
The Ethical Society of Police (ESOP) commends the involved St. Louis Rams’ Players for their courageous stance and demonstration against police brutality and excessive force. Additionally, the ESOP condemns the St. Louis Police Officer’s Association for allowing Roorda to embarrass the officers of the St. Louis Police Department with his insensitive, conservative, right-winged opinions on the police brutality and excessive force issues, which continue to boil surrounding the police involved shooting death of Michael Brown, and he subsequent non-indictment of former Ferguson Police Officer, Darren Wilson.
We’re proud that these players are speaking up for what they believe in, and hope more continue to do so.
SOURCE: Ethical Society of Police Facebook | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty