The St. Louis Rams’ Vice President of Football Operations Kevin Demoff has come forward to address backlash from law enforcement over five players making a pro-Michael Brown gesture last weekend.
Demoff alerted fans of a conversation he had with the St. Louis County Police Department Monday (December 1).
“This morning, I had phone conversations with both Chief Dotson and Chief Belmar regarding yesterday’s events. I expressed to both of them that I felt badly that our players’ support of the community was taken as disrespectful to law enforcement.” (STL Today)
Demoff also explained why the Rams would not apologize right here…
Despite the demand, Demoff said the Rams organization would not apologize.
“In none of these conversations did I apologize for our players’ actions. I did say in each conversation that I regretted any offense their officers may have taken. We do believe it is possible to both support our players’ First Amendment rights and support the efforts of local law enforcement as our community begins the process of healing.” (STL Today)
Reports this week revealed a St. Louis group wanted an apology following the Rams players’ gestures.
The St. Louis Police Officers’ Association said it was “profoundly disappointed” with what it called a “display that police officers around the nation found tasteless, offensive and inflammatory.” It called for the players involved to be disciplined and for both the league and team to issue a “very public apology.” (Fox News)
Weekend reports claimed Michael Brown’s shooter Darren Wilson decided to resign from law enforcement in Ferguson.
Darren Wilson resigned from the Ferguson Police Department, his lawyer said Saturday, nearly four months after the white police officer’s fatal confrontation with the unarmed Michael Brown sparked protests across the USA. Wilson, 28, has been on administrative leave since the Aug. 9 shooting. His resignation is effective immediately, said one of his lawyers, Neil Bruntrager. (USA Today)