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'Hands Up' As Members Of Congress Express Outrage About Michael Brown

“ ‘Hands up, don't shoot’ is a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence in … communities all across America,” Jeffries said.
'Hands Up' As Members Of Congress Express Outrage About Michael Brown
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It's a fairly reliable rule of thumb that if Joe Scarborough doesn't like something, it's the right thing to do. I'm sure he won't approve of these congress members, either:

Four members of the Congressional Black Caucus did the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture during remarks Monday on the House Floor, to show solidarity with protesters in Ferguson, Mo.

Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) and Al Green (D-Tex.), referred to the gesture that has come to symbolize the outrage over the death of Brown, the African American teen shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson in August..

“ ‘Hands up, don't shoot’ is a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence in … communities all across America,” Jeffries said.

Two of the members of Congress, Reps. Lee and Green, also offered their praise for the five St. Louis Rams who gave the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” signal on the field during a game Sunday night.

“I saw this clip where the Rams players came into the arena: ‘Hands up; don't shoot’ … this has become the new symbol, a new statement,” Green said.

St. Louis Rams players Stedman Bailey, Tavon Austin, Jared Cook, Chris Givens and Kenny Britt put their hands up to show support for Michael Brown before a game Sunday night.

“I want to make sure that those who participated on the Rams team, that their names are chronicled in history... I want Kenny Britt to be recognized, Tavon Austin to be recognized, Stedman Bailey to be recognized, Jared Cook, Chris Givens, and Tre Mason.”

Though praised by some, the gesture at the NFL game caused controversy.

The St. Louis Police Officers Association called on the NFL to apologize and discipline the players but the team said Monday the players would not be punished.

The decision by members of Congress to display the gesture also prompted criticism from at least one pundit on Tuesday, with MSNBC host Joe Scarborough calling it a disgrace.


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