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Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms in awareness of the events in Ferguson, Mo., as they walk onto the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. The players said after the game, they raised their arms in a "hands up" gesture to acknowledge the events in Ferguson. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms as they walk onto the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms in awareness of the events in Ferguson, Mo., as they walk onto the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. The players said after the game, they raised their arms in a "hands up" gesture to acknowledge the events in Ferguson. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
Police arrest protest organizer Derrick Robinson, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. Protesters and police clashed following an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders as protests continued following a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Officers wearing riot gear walk through a park Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in downtown St. Louis. Police and protesters clashed after an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders as protests continued following a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
A onlooker shouts at demonstrators outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police wearing riot gear walk past Edward Jones Dome following an NFL football game between the St. Louis Rams and the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. Police and protesters clashed after the game as protests continue following a grand jury's decision not to indict a Ferguson police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Police officers secure the street as demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator is arrested in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator is arrested in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator is arrested in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A demonstrator is arrested in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Fans look on from atop a parking garage as demonstrators protest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer watches as demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Fans watch and record with their cell phones as demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans of an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Fans get into a minor scuffle related to protests in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A child holds a sign as demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. Protests have continued following a grand jury decision not to charge a white police officer for the shooting death last of an unarmed black teenager. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Missouri National Guard stand on patrol outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers make an arrest during a protest demonstration in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the Missouri National Guard stand on patrol outside the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers stand on alert after an arrest was made during a protest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers stand on alert after an arrest was made during a protest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders.AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A man gets aggressive with demonstrators during a protest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers stand on alert after an arrest was made during a protest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A St. Louis City police officer threatens demonstrators with a can of pepper spray in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers stand on alert after an arrest was made during a protest in downtown St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Fans look on as police officers attempt to disperse demonstrators during a protests outside the Edward Jones Dome St. Louis Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders.. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome St. Louis Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers attempt to disperse demonstrators as they protests outside the Edward Jones Dome St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Police officers attempt to disperse demonstrators as they protests outside the Edward Jones Dome St. Louis, Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome St. Louis Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome St. Louis Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the National Guard stand on patrol outside the Edward Jones Dome St. Louis Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome St. Louis Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Security personnel along with members of the National Guard stand outside the Edward Jones Dome St. Louis Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders.AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
A police officer stands among members of the National Guard outside the Edward Jones Dome St. Louis Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome St. Louis Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Demonstrators protest outside the Edward Jones Dome St. Louis Missouri on November 30, 2014. Demonstrators marched through the streets of St. Louis that eventually led to clashes with police officers and fans from an American Football game between the St. Louis Rams and Oakland Raiders. AFP PHOTO/Michael B. Thomas (Photo credit should read Michael B. Thomas/AFP/Getty Images)
Members of the St. Louis Rams raise their arms as they walk onto the field during introductions before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub (8) fumbles after being sacked for a 10-yard loss by St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn (94) during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. The Raiders recovered the fumble and the Rams went on to win 52-0. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson, left, runs past Oakland Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew after intercepting a pass and running it back 43 yards for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. The Rams won 52-0. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson (22) is congratulated by teammates James Laurinaitis (55) and T.J. McDonald after intercepting a pass and running it back 43 yards for a touchdown during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. The Rams won 52-0. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub, right, is sacked for an 8-yard loss by St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, left, during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. The Rams won 52-0. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub (8) tries to throw before being sacked for an 8-yard loss by St. Louis Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, left, during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Oakland Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck sits on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Members of the Oakland Raiders sit on the bench during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
St. Louis Rams defensive end Robert Quinn forces Oakland Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub (8) to fumble during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. The Rams recovered the fumble. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
St. Louis Rams running back Tre Mason, left, scores on an 8-yard run as Oakland Raiders free safety Charles Woodson defends during the fourth quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, center, is sacked for an 8-yard loss by St. Louis Rams defensive end William Hayes, left, as Rams' defensive tackle Michael Brockers (90) gets in on the play during the third quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes, left, is flipped into the air by St. Louis Rams cornerback E.J. Gaines, right, after catching a pass for a 6-yard gain as Rams linebacker Alec Ogletree, center, gets in on the play during the second quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson, left, runs behind teammate James Laurinaitis, right, after intercepting a pass during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
St. Louis Rams cornerback Trumaine Johnson, left, is congratulated by strong safety T.J. McDonald after intercepting a pass during the second quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr throws during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin celebrates after scoring on an 18-yard touchdown run during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin, left, is picked up by teammate Rodger Saffold after scoring on an 18-yard touchdown run during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
St. Louis Rams quarterback Shaun Hill, center, is congratulated by Lance Kendricks, left, and Tim Barnes after scoring on a 2-yard touchdown run during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
St. Louis Rams quarterback Shaun Hill throws during the first quarter of an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Tom Gannam)
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Stedman Bailey, right, catches a 34-yard pass as Oakland Raiders strong safety Brandian Ross (29) and Miles Burris (56) watch during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
St. Louis Rams wide receiver Tavon Austin, left, runs into the end zone past Oakland Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden for an 18-yard touchdown run during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 30, 2014, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Matt Schaub #8 of the Oakland Raiders fumbles the ball after being sacked against the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Matt Schaub #8 of the Oakland Raiders looks to pass against the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Zac Stacy #30 of the St. Louis Rams is tackled by Charles Woodson #24 of the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Matt Schaub #8 of the Oakland Raiders passes against the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Tre Mason #27 of the St. Louis Rams scores a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Rodney McLeod #23 of the St. Louis Rams returns an fumble against Andre Holmes #18 of the Oakland Raiders in the third quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Marcel Reece #45 of the Oakland Raiders is tackled by Michael Brockers #90 and Mark Barron #26 of the St. Louis Rams in the third quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Matt Schaub #8 of the Oakland Raiders passes against the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Tre Mason #27 of the St. Louis Rams celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Head coach Tony Sparano of the Oakland Raiders looks on from the sideline during a game against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Shaun Hill #14 of the St. Louis Rams passes against the Oakland Raiders int he second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Tavon Austin #11, Jared Cook #89, Chris Givens #13 of the St. Louis Rams pay homage to Mike Brown by holing their hands up during their pre-game introduction against the Oakland Raiders at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Shaun Hill #14 of the St. Louis Rams is introduced prior to playing against the Oakland Raiders at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Rodger Saffold #76 of the St. Louis Rams is introduced prior to playing against the Oakland Raiders at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders is tackled by James Laurinaitis #55 of the St. Louis Rams in the first quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Tavon Austin #11 of the St. Louis Rams runs up field after making a catch against Tarell Brown #23 of the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Andre Holmes #18 of the Oakland Raiders is tackled by E.J. Gaines #33 of the St. Louis Rams in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Matt Schaub #8 of the Oakland Raiders fumbles the ball after being sacked by Robert Quinn #94 of the St. Louis Rams in the fourth quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Andre Holmes #18 of the Oakland Raiders is tackled by E.J. Gaines #33 of the St. Louis Rams in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders runs against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: T.J. McDonald #25 of the St. Louis Rams looks on during pre-game warm-ups prior to playing against the Oakland Raiders at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Alec Ogletree #52 of the St. Louis Rams looks on during pre-game warm-ups prior to playing against the Oakland Raiders at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Tre Mason #27 of the St. Louis Rams scores a touchdown against Brandian Ross #29 and D.J. Hayden #25 of the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Rodger Saffold #76 and Tavon Austin #11 of the St. Louis Rams celebrate Austin's first quarter touchdown against the Oakland Raiders at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: E.J. Gaines #33 of the St. Louis Rams returns an interception against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Robert Quinn #94 of the St. Louis Rams rushes the passer against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Shaun Hill #14 of the St. Louis Rams scores a touchdown against Denico Autry #96 of the Oakland Raiders int he first quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders looks to pass the ball against the St. Louis Rams in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Jared Cook #89 of the St. Louis Rams fails to make a catch against \029n\ of the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST. LOUIS, MO - NOVEMBER 30: Trumaine Johnson #22 of the St. Louis Rams returns an interception against the Oakland Raiders in the second quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders 52-0. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis Rams official and a county police chief differed Monday about whether the team had apologized for the actions of five players who raised their hands during pregame festivities in a show of solidarity with Ferguson protesters.

Kevin Demoff, the executive vice president of football operations for the Rams, denied in an email to the Associated Press that he'd apologized.

"I expressed regret for any perceived disrespect of law enforcement," Demoff said. "Our players' goal was to show support for positive change in our community. I do believe that supporting our players' First Amendment rights and supporting local law enforcement are not mutually exclusive."

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch said county chief Jon Belmar told his staff by email Monday night that Demoff had apologized. The email said Demoff "clearly regretted that any members of the Rams organization would act in a way that minimized the outstanding work that police officers carry out each and every day."

In an email sent to the AP, St. Louis County police Sgt. Shawn McGuire said Belmar interpreted Demoff's comments as an apology.

Jared Cook, Kenny Britt, Chris Givens, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin made the "Hands up. Don't Shoot!" gesture protesters in Ferguson - a suburb of St. Louis - have been using since a grand jury did not indict police officer Darren Wilson over the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown, who was black. Some witnesses said Brown had his hands up before being shot by officer Wilson. Wilson, who is white, told the grand jury that he shot Brown in self-defense.

Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Monday that neither the team nor the NFL would discipline the players. He said it was their "choice to exercise their free speech," but he would not comment further on their actions.

"It's my personal opinion, I firmly believe, that it's important that I keep sports and politics separate," Fisher said. "I'm a head coach. I'm not a politician, an activist or an expert on societal issues, so I'm going to answer questions about the game."

Fisher did say he plans to talk with the players, who are all black, but those conversations will remain confidential.

The players' made their show of support before running onto the field during pregame introductions.

The St. Louis Police Officer's Association issued a statement demanding the players be disciplined and the NFL to issue an apology.

The NFL responded with a one-sentence statement Monday from spokesman Brian McCarthy: "We respect and understand the concerns of all individuals who have expressed views on this tragic situation."

After the Rams' 52-0 rout of Oakland, the players said they meant no disrespect by their show of support.

"We just understand that it's a big tragedy and we hope something positive comes out of it," Bailey said, following his five catch 100-yard performance.

Added Cook: "We help build up the people around this community daily with our visiting schools and talking to kids, so coming out and showing that we're unified with the rest of them, it was key to us."

The "Hands-up. Don't shoot!" gesture that five St. Louis Rams made during pregame wasn't the first time athletes have used their platform to make political statements.

Here's a short list of some of the most famous moments:

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The most iconic moment of them all. American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos took to the medal stand at the Mexico City Olympics in 1968 and raised their gloved fists _ the Black Power salute. It was a time of enormous racial tension in the United States, and the gesture was front-page news in hundreds of newspapers. The athletes were booed out of the stadium and expelled from the Olympics. (AP Photo)
Broncos receiver Brandon Marshall started to pull a black-and-white glove out of his shirt, designed to honor Barack Obama shortly after he was elected President in 2008. But a teammate stopped him, fearing he might draw a penalty. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
LeBron James and Dwyane Wade got the Heat to pose for a team picture with all the players wearing hoodies, the same thing Trayvon Martin was wearing when he was shot to death in 2012. (AP Photo/LeBron James via Twitter)
Not so much a political expression as a religious one. While at Florida, Tim Tebow liked to etch bible chapters into his eyeblack, a practice he couldn't continue in the NFL, which banned such expressions. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin, File)
In response to the passing of a state law many saw as anti-Hispanic, the owner of the Phoenix Suns had his team wear their jerseys that said "Los Suns" at a home game in 2010. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
Soccer player Nicolas Anelka was banned for five games for performing a gesture known in France as a "quenelle" _ described as an inverted Nazi salute _ during a game last year. He was later fired by his team, West Bromwich. Other soccer players, including Paolo Di Canio and Giorgos Katidis, have also been suspended for fascist salutes. (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)
During pregame introductions Sunday, Tavon Austin and Kenny Britt were joined by Jared Cook, Stedman Bailey and Chris Givens, all of whom raised their hands in a show of support for protesters in Ferguson, Missouri _ a suburb of St. Louis. Last Monday, a grand jury there decided not to charge the white officer who fatally shot Michael Brown, who was black. Some witnesses said Brown had his hands up before being shot, although others disputed that. Brown had been unarmed. "I don't want the people in the community to feel like we turned a blind eye to it," Britt said. "What would I like to see happen? Change in America." (AP Photo/L.G. Patterson)
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