The recent protests that have greeted the decision by the grand jury in the case of teenager Michael Brown and officer Darren Wilson have gathered widespread media coverage, and last night players of the St. Louis NFL franchise, the Rams, showed their solidarity. 

The 'Hands up, don't shoot' gesture has become synonymous with the demonstrations both in Ferguson and beyond, so last night as the Rams took to the field, several of their players decided to show their support by holding their hands aloft. 

Via SB Nation

That wasn't the only time they made the gesture either, as later in the game Tre Mason and wide receiver Kenny Britt also did the same thing to celebrate a touchdown, and while many fans were appreciative of the solidarity shown, the St. Louis Police Officers Association was not. 

They released a statement saying that for the players to "take to the turf to call a now-exonerated officer a murderer, that is way out-of-bounds" and they are demanding that the league sanction them and force them to make a "very public apology". 

Via Mashable, SB Nation. Main pic via SB Nation