Politics

Congress Members Do 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Gesture During Speeches

| by Edward Arnold

On Monday, four members of the Congressional Black Caucus gave the “hands up, don't shoot” gesture during speeches on the issue of race in America.

Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.), Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Al Green (D-Texas) all referred to the gesture as a way to give solidarity to the protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, who are outraged over the death of Michael Brown.

“Hands up, don’t shoot. It’s a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence,” Jeffries said as he took the floor, “in community after community after community, fed up with police violence in Ferguson, in Brooklyn, in Cleveland, in Oakland, in cities and counties and rural communities all across America.”
Nearly all the members of the Caucus declared this an American issue that is not just in Ferguson, but in cities across the country.

Two representatives, Lee and Green, praised the St. Louis Rams players who entered the field Sunday with the hands up gesture.

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The St. Louis Police Officer Association responded that the players should be disciplined for the gesture. The NFL announced they will not discipline the players.

As multiple reports have noted, the evidence seems to show that Michael Brown did not have his hands up when he was shot.

MSNBC's Joe Scarborough agrees, saying on his show, Morning Joe: “What is wrong with these elected officials? They know it’s a lie! They know the cops didn’t shoot him with his hands in the air! They know it’s a lie and they are doing this on the Capitol floor? Unbelievable.” 

Sources: NY Daily News, Politico / Photo Credit: C-SPAN