April V. Taylor
After a weekend of protests during #FergusonOctober in St. Louis, Missouri that have seen protesters occupy St. Louis University, shut down three Wal-Marts, shut down Hollywood Casino and have Cornel West arrested, protesters have now unfurled banners at a St. Louis Rams Game. Approximately fifty protesters attended the game with the intent to bring Rams fans, ESPN and sports fans attention to the injustice of a black person being killed by cops every 28 hours. The series of protests are in response to the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in August by a white police officer. Protesters are angry that the officer, Darren Wilson, has not been arrested and that cops are continuing to kill residents as well as perpetrate violence against peaceful protesters.
The protest took place at the game held at Edward Jones Dome during the second half of the game on Monday night. Protesters briefly hung multiple banners. One of the banners which stated “Rams fans know on and off the field black lives matter,” was hung over the top of a jumbo video screen in the north end zone during a drive by the San Francisco 49ers in the third quarter. Just a few minutes later, fans began marching with their hands raised in the air in the upper deck in the south end zone of the field.
Much of the firsthand information about what is going on in Ferguson and St. Louis is coming from Twitter. Many residents and protesters feel that mainstream news sources are not reporting stories accurately or in an unbiased manner. Here are some of the tweets from tonight’s actions.