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*Several Washington Redskins players used the national spotlight of their Monday Night Football game last night to honor Michael Brown and show solidarity with the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

The team’s defensive backs ran onto FedEx Field with their hands up, calling attention to the “hands up, don’t shoot” rallying cry of protesters, both in Ferguson and on social media.

Unarmed 18-year-old Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. Witnesses have said his hands were raised above his head in surrender before he was shot.

Following Washington’s win against Cleveland, WNEW learned the idea for the gesture came from safety Brandon Meriweather and cornerback DeAngelo Hall.

“We just want to show our supporters what’s going on in St. Louis,” Meriweather said. “We just wanted to show support.”

“That could have been any one of us,” said free safety Ryan Clark. “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.”

*Several Washington Redskins players used the national spotlight of their Monday Night Football game last night to show solidarity with the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri.

Some of the players ran onto the hometown FedEx Field with their hands up, calling attention to the “hands up, don’t shoot” rallying cry of protesters, both in Ferguson and on social media.

Unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9. Witnesses have said his hands were raised above his head in surrender before he was shot.

Following Washington’s win against Cleveland, WNEW learned the idea for the gesture came from safety Brandon Meriweather and cornerback DeAngelo Hall.

“We just want to show our supporters what’s going on in St. Louis,” Meriweather said. “We just wanted to show support.”

“That could have been any one of us,” said free safety Ryan Clark. “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.”

On Sunday, Skins wide receiver Pierre Garcon posted the below picture on Instagram with the caption “#HandsUpDontShoot We are all #MikeBrown.”

 

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