Creator Of 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot!' Slogan Lands Government Job

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Dorian Johnson, the star witness in the Michael Brown shooting case, has just landed a job working for the city of St. Louis.

Jeff Rainford, Mayor Francis Slay’s chief of staff, confirmed that Johnson has been hired under a state grant through the city’s Agency on Training and Employment, otherwise known as SLATE.

According to, the 22-year-old met the low income eligibility requirements and will be making $8.50 an hour in this temporary position.

Johnson was with Michael Brown on that fateful day when he was fatally shot by former police officer Darren Wilson on August 9. He was with Brown at the Ferguson Market and Liquor store when Brown allegedly stole a box of Swisher Sweets cigarillos and he was there when they were stopped by Wilson.

When the media asked Johnson for his account of the encounter between Wilson and Brown, he told them that Brown was shot from behind and then shot again while surrendering with his hands up. This is when he coined the popular "Hands Up, Don't Shoot!" slogan seen in many of the Ferguson demonstrations around the country.

Many media outlets since then have claimed that forensic evidence in Michael Brown’s autopsy report does not support Johnson’s eyewitness account. Authorities said that Johnson will not be charged in the reported robbery of the convenience store before the shooting.

Former St. Louis Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr., who was also Johnson’s former attorney, says that Johnson had been looking for work and is happy to have landed his new job.

Source: STLToday, Vox / Photo Credit: Slate


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