Slater posted a photo of himself getting barreled at Teahupo’o on Instagram with his hands held high in support of the “Hands up, Don’t shoot” protest. The “Hands Up” gesture is believed to be, by protestors and eyewitnesses, what Brown did to surrender to the police, before he was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri.
On Aug. 9, 2014, unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by Police Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri. Ferguson Police Department said Brown committed robbery at a convenient store stealing cigars. The encounter between Brown and officer Wilson was not related to the robbery, but the police department says Brown attacked Wilson before the shooting incident.
Peaceful protests and violent riots continue in Ferguson regarding justice for Michael Brown.