Lawmakers make 'hands up' gesture on House floor

Several lawmakers took to the House floor Monday evening to make the “Hands up, don’t shoot,” gesture to protest the police shooting of the unarmed Ferguson teen, Michael Brown.

“Hands up, don’t shoot. It’s a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) 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.”
Story Continued Below

Jeffries added that people are fed up with injustice, a broken criminal justice system and “continuing to see young, unarmed African-American men killed as a result of a gunshot fired by a law enforcement officer.”

Considering witness testified he did not have his hands up-they were promoting a lie to get attention.

Exactly. When you repeat the lie enough times, it oddly becomes the truth (for the ill informed and those who desperately want to believe it despite all evidence to the contrary)

Funny how this never gets brought up…

Wasn’t he trying to get at the cop’s gun when he was shot?

That’s what it sounds like, one video I saw showed his body lying toward the PT cruiser. So I believe he did charge at the officer.

Yes he assaulted the police officer when the officer tried to exit his vehicle by slamming the door against the officer and he tried to get the gun while the officer was still in his car.

:rolleyes: more stupidity from congress

Ironic given that Mr. Brown would still be alive had he done that instead of assaulting the officer.

This is so irresponsible - you cannot have dialogue when one side refuses to rationally acknowledge the facts at hand. This is actually *setting back *race relations pretty sharply in my view. And I try to be pretty open on this subject.

I agree! :thumbsup:

DISCLAIMER: The views and opinions expressed in these forums do not necessarily reflect those of Catholic Answers. For official apologetics resources please visit