Michael Brown shooting: Washington Redskins enter field with hands up in support for Ferguson
'Hands up, don't shoot' pose has become symbol of protest
Heather Saul is a digital reporter for The Independent, currently working on the People desk. She has written news and features across a number of topics, paying particular attention to the activities of Isis and events in Iraq, Syria, Iran and Saudi Arabia.
Wednesday 20 August 2014
Washington Redskins ran onto the pitch with their hands in the air last night in a show of solidarity with the people of Ferguson, who have been protesting against the death of Michael Brown.
Redskins players drew attention to the situation in Ferguson, where protests have been taking place every night since the teenager was shot by police officer, by emerging from the stadium tunnel with their arms in the air ahead of their match with Cleveland.
Witnesses say Brown, 18, was shot with his hands in the air in a position of surrender, while police claim officer Darren Wilson shot him during an altercation. The words 'hands up, don't shoot' have become an enduring symbol during demonstrations.
“We just want to show our supporters what’s going on in St. Louis,” Meriweather told CBS DC. “We just wanted to show support.”
Free safety Ryan Clark added: “That could have been any one of us. That could have been any one of our brothers, our cousins… When you get an opportunity to make a statement, and be more than a football player, it’s good.”
Hostilities between police and protesters briefly abated last night with smaller crowds, fewer confrontations and no tear gas used against crowds.
The slight easing of tensions came the day before Attorney General Eric Holder was due to visit Ferguson to meet with FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown's death.
A grand jury could also begin hearing evidence today to determine whether the officer, Darren Wilson, should be charged in Brown's death. The teenager's funeral will take place on Monday.
- 1 If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
- 2 Moscow voted the world's unfriendliest city
- 3 Idris Elba is ‘too street’ to play 007, says James Bond author
- 4 Pansexual: What is it - and when did the term gain popularity?
- 5 I'm pansexual – here are the five biggest misconceptions about my sexuality
Climate change: 2015 will be the hottest year on record 'by a mile', experts say
Jeremy Corbyn calls Osama bin Laden's killing a 'tragedy' - but was it taken out of context?
Tony Blair attacks Jeremy Corbyn's 'Alice In Wonderland' politics
Theresa May says migrants should be banned from entering the UK unless they have jobs lined up
Iain Duncan Smith 'should resign over disability benefit death figures', says Jeremy Corbyn
If you're not already angry about the refugee crisis, here's a history lesson to remind you why you really should be
£26000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is a rapidly expandi...
£20000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Our client is a rapidly expandi...
£20000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With offices in London, Manches...
£30000 - £250000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Stock Broker/ Trainee FX, Stoc...