- Associated Press - Monday, May 25, 2015

ST. LOUIS (AP) - A photo of St. Louis Cardinals mascot Fredbird holding a “police lives matter” sign was posted to a police association Facebook page before the team asked that it be taken down.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports (https://bit.ly/1PI7mod ) sports website Deadspin took aim at the mascot last week after the photo was posted to the St. Louis Police Officers Association Facebook page.

Cardinals spokesman Ron Watermon says the photo was taken at Busch Stadium after a couple asked Fredbird for a photo. Watermon says Fredbird didn’t know what was on the sign and when the team learned it was on the association website, the team asked for the photo to come down.

“Black lives matter” and “Police lives matter” were used on social media after the shooting death of Michael Brown.

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