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If you watch the news, you’ve probably seen or at least heard about the pre-game display that a few of the St. Louis Rams football players put on when walking out of the tunnel on Sunday before they, the Rams of St. Louis put an otherworldly ass whippin’ on the Raiders of Oakland. Five players – Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens, and Kenny Britt – did the now famous “hands up, don’t shoot” pose that’s been a lynchpin of the protests happening in Ferguson (and around the country) in response to the shooting death of Mike Brown at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson. 

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And because the police as an institution is not as nice as potential police officer the individual human being (such as the case of young Devonte Hart and Officer Bret Barnum of the Portland Police Department...you’ve all seen the picture by now) the St. Louis Police Officers Association has asked that the league punish the players involved for effectively bringing the protests into the NFL. Since Darren Wilson has been cleared by the grand jury, it would seem that, at least in the eyes of the St. Louis Police Officers Association, people need to chill the fuck out and stop pushing this narrative of a young Black kid being killed for no reason.

Let me say this.

Everybody has read the testimony of Darren Wilson at this point, or at least I’m assuming a significant number of people have. His testimony was some of the most non-sensical bull malarkey I’ve read in quite some time. It doesn’t even SOUND realistic or believable. Part of the reason I’ve been so hesitant to even write about it is because of my own personal level of frustration. Either way, in the eyes of the law, and law enforcement, the belief is that justice is fair and always served by the process. As Black people, one thing that we are blatantly aware of is that the system has rarely worked out for us when it can go either way. It always feels rigged.

Sure, tons of Black men are in jail for doing shit that they shouldn’t have done. I won’t pretend like EVERY single Black prisoner is a political one. But when there are EGREGIOUS actions, when there are so many names of Black males killed by those given the authority to protect, especially historically, its really unfair for anybody to expect Black people to trust a process that was never really intended for us in the first place. I realize I’m preaching to the choir, but I truly find it hard to understand why the system, and really mostly white people, don’t seem to get why Black folks are so fucking fed up and exhausted. It’s hard to compete fairly in a race when the folks holding the track meet give you the wrong time to show up. White people love them some rights. How the fuck come they don’t seem to care about the rights of others that much? Shit’s tiring.

It’s tiring as fuck being exhausted.

Back to the SLPOA and their lunacy. They dropped this statement (printed in its entirety below):

“St. Louis, Missouri (November 30, 2014) – 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.

“Five members of the Rams entered the field today exhibiting the “hands-up-don’t-shoot” pose that has been adopted by protestors who accused Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson of murdering Michael Brown. 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.

“SLPOA Business Manager Jeff Roorda said, “now that the evidence is in and Officer Wilson’s account has been verified by physical and ballistic evidence as well as eye-witness testimony, which led the grand jury to conclude that no probable cause existed that Wilson engaged in any wrongdoing, it is unthinkable that hometown athletes would so publicly perpetuate a narrative that has been disproven over-and-over again.”

“Roorda was incensed that the Rams and the NFL would tolerate such behavior and called it remarkably hypocritical. “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. 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 said.

“The SLPOA is calling for the players involved to be disciplined and for the Rams and the NFL to deliver a very public apology. Roorda said he planned to speak to the NFL and the Rams to voice his organization’s displeasure tomorrow. He also plans to reach out to other police organizations in St. Louis and around the country to enlist their input on what the appropriate response from law enforcement should be. Roorda warned, “I know that there are those that will say that these players are simply exercising their First Amendment rights. 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. Somebody needs to throw a flag on this play. If it’s not the NFL and the Rams, then it’ll be cops and their supporters.”

Do you know why I REALLY hate institutions that have proven to not give a shit about Black people, or even poor people? Shit like that. You want these niggas to have to apologize for giving a shit? How many Black men has the Innocence Project gotten exonerated and the damn DA that locked them up STILL refuses to apologize or acknowledge that they got the wrong guy. Those people were WRONGFULLY IMPRISONED for decades at times and its like, whatever. You want people to apologize for having a heart and caring about an issue that affects their community and using the biggest platform possible  – an NFL football game – to do…something? I applaud them taking that stand. And it looks like the NFL won’t fine them so it’s a win all around. These guys are Black males first and everything that’s happened and that we’ve seen directly impacts them as men and as members of the Black community. I’m proud of them.

Cops are offended? Take a number and head to the back of the line.

Fuck the system. Fuck their evidence.

And fuck the St. Louis Police Officers Association with my whole heart. And fuck everything they believe in.

Panama Jackson

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  • PhlyyPhree

    I read that statement last night and thought I was being trolled.
    I REFUSED to believe that it was a legitimate statement, written by a collective group of grown asz men.
    It reeks of the child who throws something at a classmate, then when the classmate reacts, is caught and punished by the teacher, turns around and sticks his tongue out to continue egging the classmate on.
    Only, this is still real life and we are still losing black men AND women at an alarming rate.
    I just…
    Everything you wrote, I feel and I have nothing else to say about this sheer stupidity

  • Tentpole

    This is what you get in a PC environment. Everybody is sooooooo sensitive to everything they don’t like.

  • http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/12/ex-cop-behind-st-louis-police-nfl-threat-has-history-of-lying-protecting-crooked-cops/

    I always like when the people get exposed to the fact that many of the people who head the institutions that they hold dear and wish to find salvation in, are run by complete idiots. Who would’ve thought that a man like Mr. Roorda would basically imply that police officers are doing the public or “community” a favor when they do their job, they must be the only public sector employees, funded by tax dollars to be so benevolent.

  • The irony here is so sweet. The St. Louis Police Officers Association, who often get angry when outside groups demand they police themselves, is asking for the NFL to police itself.

    • Val

      I agree. And, also, cops never apologize for anything.

      Also. I thought about you yesterday when your Raiders were getting that epic azz-kicking. I’ve never seen anything like that in the NFL before. Big props to you for hanging in there with them. I’m on the verge of dumping the Giants.

      • That Raiders didn’t shock me on the defensive side of the ball. The Rams exploited the same weaknesses that the Dolphins did earlier in the season. The offensive coordinator just sucks. He won’t call a play for the ball to be thrown down the field to save his life. I’m glad they got Carr out of there before Quinn and Howie’s kid killed him. It’s in the top three of NFL a** whippings I’ve seen. The jags hung half a hundred on Miami in the playoffs back in 99 or 2000 and the Niners did the same to the Bolts in the Super Bowl.

        The Giants need some more pieces on defense as well as some healthier pieces on offense. It may be time for Tom to go.

        • Val

          Yeah, Tom is way past his expiration date. And Ely needs to have a seat.

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        Killed by a chokehold? Nope, that was non-lethal force, he died on his own.

        Shot for holding a fake gun? Well he was going to shoot air at us, so we shot bullets at him. I thought it was fake blood afterwards.

        Beat a pregnant woman down on the cement? Aye, she was selling herself to the street, we did our job.

        Yea, cops don’t apologize for anything.

        • Val

          Rewind, those cops in Ohio couldn’t wait to get to that park to murder that kid. The police car wasn’t even stopped before that cop was out the door and shooting.

          It was just so obvious. If they had any concern for his life or being professional they would have stopped the car 25 feet or so away and told him to drop the gun.

          • I seen a video over the weekend of a white man WAVING A GUN AROUND at the police, civilians, even a camera man. The police waited forever, then eventually shot him in the leg so he was killed and then arrested him. The kid in Cleveland and the WalMart kid were shot IMMEDIATELY with FAKE guns. And they wonder why we’re upset????????

            • Val

              I can top that. A White man with an assault rifle jumped the White House fence a few years ago and they managed to not kill him.

          • John Shannon

            My family lives near that park…….. It was crazy and ridiculous.

            In other Cleveland Fcukery , the 9 officers that killed the two Black Folks in 137 bullets are suing for their jobs and money…….. Hence WHY I dislike my city so much- teams included

            • Val

              Wow, when did that happen?

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            Just another black kid bound to be a criminal, so they eliminated the threat before it happened, like Terminator 2.
            I’m telling you, these people, when they get their comeupings….good God its going to be some savage shi*t.

        • Meridian

          They don’t need to. We’ll collectively get over it like we always do. Some awful sh*t happens and we’re upset about it for a few days; but then it’s, “that’s just how things are” and we go back to living in that climate like the problem isn’t still there. No need to apologize when it’s gonna happen again tomorrow.

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            Sad but true. However…its only until someone just magically places weapons in the hands of the poor. When that happens…ha……

  • Rachmo

    N*gga bye

    • Amazonian Midget

      Exactly what I said this morning when I heard this story.

  • RewindingtonMaximus

    NFL will apologize by the end of the week. Those players will be fined, not defended. And we will be mad again.

    • Meridian

      Twitter will get angry, MSNBC and Wendy Williams will do a segment about it, conversations will turn to totally disparaging these men, and the next time a child dies people will go so far as to tell us to smile about it.

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        Pretty much.
        A change we can believe in. Yay.

    • The NFL straight up said that they aren’t fining them. I doubt they flip after putting themselves out there like that.

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        Well now there is a bar in St. Louis that disowned the team for the”boneheaded decisions” of those five athletes. They posted this on their Twitter account. Then they got mad when people called them racist.

        • Well they screwed that up. LOL

          • RewindingtonMaximus

            In the most sincerest of fashions

  • Meridian

    Black people have so many layers of fear sewn into their psyche that these kind of finger shaking disciplinary acts actually work to keep them in place. Black people are made to feel like we’d lose everything if we even dared to rock the boat and set things right. These acts of solidarity are so simple but it’s the state of mind people are in that white people feel threatened by. It’s the fact that these black men are aware and they care and they’re against it…and they’re sending that message to tens of millions of people. The ripple of empowerment is what makes people seek disciplinary action because empowered men and empowered women, allies in this, can gain momentum and completely change the structure whites are so comfortable with. They don’t want to lose control of that and I think people should stop caring about the control tactics and just act. Do what you need to do. Do what you feel is right. That’s the only way we make this a country worth living in.

    Even people in our actual lives do the absolute minimum when these kind of events happen, and that’s if they even do or say anything at all. They’re afraid to. They don’t want the loss or the punishment that comes with having a backbone and dignity. I don’t respect people who hide in the face of such serious matters and offenses. If you feel something…speak on it, act on it, change something. All of that is necessary as a black man. I’m glad that people are standing against this so publicly. It’s pretty cowardly and weak to just do nothing.

    • brother mouzone

      Black people have so many layers of fear sewn into their psyche that these kind of finger shaking disciplinary acts actually work to keep them in place
      ————————-
      This is part of the reason Charles sambo Barkley feels the need to jump on every issue like this and take the opposite view of Black people. He pretends to be mister “speak your mind” but he simply says what he knows will get him pats on the head from massa.

  • Nothing would make me happier than if these same players came out NEXT Sunday and did it again. Heck, I’ll will buy every last one of those guys jerseys if they do and Im a Steelers fan. —- the Police forever. Period.

    • Meridian

      lmao. Seriously though. I want this to be continuous and ante-upped but I’m not naïve enough to believe that will happen. But it would be nice wouldn’t it?

      • Cleojonz

        Expect the fines to start being levied if they do it again. It would be nice though.

        • Val

          If they do fine them I hope the protest spreads to other teams. If enough players do it the NFL would have to back off.

        • I’m not sure. Roger is in a pickle right now so he may stay quiet.

      • Wild Cougar

        If it happens will you say you’re naive? Often people who are optimistic are called naive and stupid while cynical people really enjoy responding to every tragedy with a smug “I’m not surprised, why are you surprised?”. Pessimism is wrong just as often as optimism. I’d love to see people who don’t have the strength to face reality and insulate themselves against tragedy by always expecting the worst to call themselves naive when they’re proven wrong. If other football players take up the hands up movement will you call yourself naive on here?

        • Meridian

          I don’t want to have hope in situations like this. I’d rather just enjoy what’s happening as it unfolds but I don’t want to get ahead of myself and believe it’s gonna turn into this big huge movement in the NFL. Being optimistic isn’t going to be the factor that makes it happen and drowning in pessimism doesn’t allow room for the good things that are already happening to take root. I’m a person who sees all these points and I’m idealistic enough to know what could happen if everyone else made those connections as well. If it happens than I won’t call myself naïve because I can clearly see the possibility of it. I’m just realistic enough to know majority of people won’t put two and two together in that same manner. It’s a pretty interesting concept to imply that people who say things like that aren’t possible are the naïve ones.

    • Val

      I know, right. If those Rams keep it up and don’t cave to pressure I might dump my Giants and become a Rams fan. For real.

      • Meridian

        People often overlook the benefits of acting in support of something. Not that I’d say support a cause just because it’s profitable. I just mean people are drawn to those who stand for what’s right. It can be rewarding regardless of the pressure.

    • GemmieBoo

      word. a revolution is a marathon – cant stop now.

    • CrayolaGirl

      I pray I never come in contact with anyone that believes this BS story.

      • Val

        If only it was possible to avoid them. They’re everywhere.

        • Meridian

          #RealLifeFilters #CheckPeopleAtTheDoor #IntoleranceOfBullsh*t

        • CrayolaGirl

          So far, so good.
          Facebook has been pretty quiet. I’ve read exchanges with lawyers on a friend’s page. Twitter – I mostly observe there. It seems with my current job, people keep their thoughts to themselves (or it could be my face that says please don’t come at me wrong)

      • MPM

        It’s so frustrating that because the grand jury did not indict, and because Wilson gave his statement, his account is now viewed as what “actually” happened? But this is total b.s., because no one is going to remember anything perfectly, especially in a tense situation. Plus, his account has him doing everything right and Michael Brown being completely in the wrong; many of the eyewitness accounts don’t support that (although, of course, those account were discredited and dismissed by McCullough).

    • Meridian

      One of the most interesting things I saw on the news is a panel that addressed the whole “if an officer was afraid than the officer was right” thing. That is the go to and what gets these guys off. If they were afraid than any action they took after that is totally justified. The panel I watched was discussing how that legally shouldn’t hold up without psychological evaluation of where that fear comes from. Was it from the actual situation, biasness, incompentence, mental disorder, etc. Darren Wilson was completely full of sh*t so it would be an interesting development to see some sort of legislation be put in place to that extent.

  • Val

    Mane, I have the lowest amount of fcuks in the history of not giving a fcuk to give about what the St Louis Thug Department wants.

    I’m proud of those Rams players for their John Carlos/ Tommie Smith moment.

    • Interesting piece of trivia connecting myself and those two incidents: Kenny Britt, as I mentioned elsewhere, played his football at Rutgers. Meanwhile, John Carlos went to the same high school as my brother (Jamaica High in Queens).

      • Val

        I didn’t know John Carlos was from Queens. Cool.

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