Rams donate to police charity over protest gesture

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HANDS UP, DON’T SHOOT’– Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms in awareness of the events in Ferguson, Mo., as they walk onto the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. From left are Stedman Bailey (12), Tavon Austin (11), Jared Cook, (89) Chris Givens (13) and Kenny Britt (81). The players said after the game, they raised their arms in a “hands up” gesture to acknowledge the events in Ferguson. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams will make a donation to a local police charity after five players’ protest over Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson drew the ire of local law enforcement officials.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (/bit.ly/1Gi0BkV ) reports the team will present an unspecified amount of money to The Backstoppers group before Thursday’s home game against the Arizona Cardinals.
The Backstoppers provides financial assistance to families of police officers, firefighters and paramedics killed in the line of duty.
The move comes after five receivers made the “hands up” gesture during pregame introductions at the team’s Nov. 30 home game.
That gesture has become the rallying cry of protesters in Ferguson and around the nation after Brown, who was Black, was shot and killed in August by a White police officer.

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