Protesters brought out a large banner and began chanting slogans during a Major League baseball game between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Milwaukee Brewers on Friday, according to The Hill.
Demonstrators in St. Louis unfurled a banner, which read, "Stop Killing Us." The banner displayed the Cardinals' mascot in the stands Friday during the game while chanting "No Justice. No Baseball." Another sign read, "You Can't Stop The Revolution!" The protests come roughly two weeks after a white former St. Louis police offer was acquitted of murder charges related to the 2011 shooting of black motorist Anthony Lamar Smith.
The group was quickly escorted out of the stadium by authorities, where they soon met up with hundreds of other protests for a march. At least two protesters were arrested, according to The Hill.
In a statement during the time, the Governor of Missouri, Eric Greitens (R), remarked that the verdict would probably cause a lot of pain for St. Louis residents, but pleaded for protests to be peaceful.
“We know this verdict causes pain for many people," Greitens said at the time. "I'm committed to protecting everyone's constitutional right to protest peacefully, while also protecting people's lives, homes, and communities. For anyone who protests, please do so peacefully.”
These protests also come in the midst of the far more widely reported protests occurring at the NFL.
Throughout the week, the National Football League (NFL) has been in the midst of a major controversy as hundreds of players protest during the national anthem. Rather than standing during the national anthem with their hands covering their hearts, many players have opted to drop onto one knee. The protests first began with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 to condemn police brutality and racial inequality. But almost overnight, after Trump made some controversial remarks over the weekend, the protests became a statement against President Trump.
The NFL has been criticized for national anthem protests since former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick sat during a 2016 preseason game. Kaepernick claimed he was protesting racial injustice and police brutality. Trump has long been upset about the NFL protests, believing that they are disrespectful to both the flag and the troops. But it wasn't until Saturday that Trump finally said something in a rally, and it quickly captured headlines.
On Thursday, the President of the United States remarked that NFL coaches are "afraid" of their players, and are hence unwilling to do anything about the controversial protests.
“I have so many friends that are owners,” Trump told Fox News in an interview broadcast Thursday. “They’re in a box. I mean I’ve spoken to a couple of them. They say we are in a situation where we have to do something.”
“I think they’re afraid of their players, you want to know the truth. And I think it’s disgraceful,” he continued.
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