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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 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)
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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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)
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