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    Reminder: “Hands up, don’t shoot” is a fabricated narrative from the Michael Brown case

    Reminder: “Hands up, don’t shoot” is a fabricated narrative from the Michael Brown case

    It’s a lie that gave birth to the Black Lives Matter movement, and is chanted by protesters and politicians to this day.
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    The Black Lives Matter movement was born of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri. While the BLM founders started their organizing after the prior Trayvon Martin case, it was Brown and Ferguson which launched the BLM movement into the public spotlight through the protests and riots in Ferguson.

    Nothing was more associated with the BLM movement than the chant “hands up, don’t shoot,” based on the narrative that Brown had his hands raised and said ‘don’t shoot’ when shot. That same chant drives protesters and rioters ripping up cities after the George Floyd killing.

    I know the history of BLM and how it shot to national fame after the Brown shooting. I followed it closely and wrote about it at the time in 2014. I documented the violent instigators, many of them cross-over anti-Israel activists. See my October 25, 2014 post, Intifada Missouri – Anti-Israel activists may push Ferguson over the edge.

    More than anything, BLM seized on the claim that Brown had his hands raised in surrender, saying “don’t shoot,” at the time he was shot by officer Darren Wilson. “Hands up, don’t shoot” became the signature slogan of BLM.

    But it was all a lie. Brown wasn’t surrendering and didn’t say don’t shoot. And he wasn’t a victim of police misconduct. Rather than the “Gentle Giant” he was portrayed at in the media, he sucker punched Wilson while Wilson sat in his police car, tried to grab Wilson’s service pistol, and was shot when he charged Wilson a second time.

    On March 5, 2015, Andrew Branca wrote here, Even DOJ Admits: “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” An Utter Lie:

    The DOJ report (embedded in our earlier post Darren Wilson Cleared by DOJ of Civil Rights Violations) particularly noted the lack of credible evidence for the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” meme (page 8):

    Although there are several individuals who have stated that Brown held his hands up in an unambiguous sign of surrender prior to Wilson shooting him dead, their accounts do not support a prosecution of Wilson. As detailed throughout this report, some of those accounts are inaccurate because they are inconsistent with the physical and forensic evidence; some of those accounts are materially inconsistent with that witness’s own prior statements with no explanation, credible for otherwise, as to why those accounts changed over time. Certain other witnesses who originally stated Brown had his hands up in surrender recanted their original accounts, admitting that they did not witness the shooting or parts of it, despite what they initially reported either to federal or local law enforcement or to the media. Prosecutors did not rely on those accounts when making a prosecutive decision.

    While credible witnesses gave varying accounts of exactly what Brown was doing with his hands as he moved toward Wilson – i.e., balling them, holding them out, or pulling up his pants up – and varying accounts of how he was moving – i.e., “charging,” moving in “slow motion,” or “running” – they all establish that Brown was moving toward Wilson when Wilson shot him. Although some witnesses state that Brown held his hands up at shoulder level with his palms facing outward for a brief moment, these same witnesses describe Brown then dropping his hands and “charging” at Wilson.

    I summarized how the “Hands up, don’t shoot” lie gave life to BLM in a later post, Two years ago Michael Brown died, and a movement based on lies was born:

    The Black Lives Matter movement, which was conceived in the Trayvon Martin case, was born in the Brown shooting. Hands Up, Don’t Shoot would be it’s rallying cry. That seminal factual allegation turned out to be a lie, but it gave birth to a movement which now dominated much of the media attention….

    There would be more protests, including the tactic of blocking roads and highways and disrupting shopping mallsMembers of Congress got into the hands up, don’t shoot narrative despite the evidence:

    …. The legacy of the Michael Brown case, and Trayvom Martin case before it, is that lie upon lie built a false narrative that changed the political landscape even after the truth came out through the judicial process. But that truth mattered not to the activists involved, who believe in convenient myths.

    And so it continues. “Hands up, don’t shoot” is chanted by protesters and the politicians who join them, including Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer:

    It’s all a lie. A lie that gave birth to a movement destroying our cities while demanding defunding of the police.

    Concern for black lives, and all lives, is important. But that is not the agenda of the Black Lives Matter movement, they seek to tear down our society to achieve their marxist goals, and it takes a huge deception to get people to go along.


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    nisquire | June 5, 2020 at 9:52 am

    This is the most disturbing aspect of the situation. Even McDonald’s has picked it up. It posted on Facebook last night its support for BLM and listed the names of first, Trayvon Martin, and second, Michael Brown as victims of white racism, both personal and institutional. As a shareholder, I despise the company’s moral weakness. It provides jobs to minorities in excess probably of most other companies and has no reason to apologize, much less adopt this stance. Churchill said famously, “Facts are better than dreams,” but the surrealism of Dali has displaced the realism of Britain’s great wartime leader who saved the world—until now—from fascism.

    Since Floyd was Wuhan virus+ (SARS-CoV-2), will they record his death as caused by Covid19? He was also a probable spreader. How will the hunters and judges reconcile these sociopolitical incongruities (not “=”)? Drugs, viruses, and protests.

      Mac45 in reply to n.n. | June 5, 2020 at 12:43 pm

      Whether his supporters like it or not, this the response that has to be employed in this case, especially over the next few days of George Floyd “memorial tributes”.

      George Floyd was not a saint. he was just a man. He made numerous mistakes during his lifetime. He allowed his health to deteriorate until he was the poster child for heart disease. On the day of his death, he had used fentynal, methamphetamine, codeine and marijuana. He reportedly tried to pay for cigarettes with a suspected counterfeit bill and then refused to return the cigarettes when confronted by the store clerk. When the police arrested him, he resisted efforts to place him in the police vehicle. He finally ended up on the ground and was being restrained with a knee on his neck, holding him in place. George Floyd was the person responsible for ending up on the ground with a knee on his neck. The ME, after a well documented autopsy, concluded there was no evidence that the actions of the police caused Floyd’s death. There is no physical evidence anywhere in the autopsy report which indicates that any mechanical asphyxiation or strangulation occurred. It is much more likely that Floyd died as a result of his heart condition in combination with the drugs in his system as he struggled against the police. Whether the actions of Ofc. Chauvin were optically objectionable, is irrelevant, if they did not cause injury to Floyd or his death.

      Floyd, as every man does, came to many forks in the road of his life. In some cases, he probably took the proper fork. However, at other times, he took the wrong fork. I find it difficult to think, for a single moment, that filling his body with a veritable cornucopia of drugs, then, after tendering a bill which he may or may not have known was counterfeit, to refuse to return the cigarettes he has “purchased” with the bill and then refusing to accompany the police into the station, was taking the proper fork in life’s highway.

      Floyd died because of his lifestyle choices. The evidence does not support the conclusion that an action of Chauvin or any other officer caused his death. And there is certainly NO evidence that any racial animosity was involved, on the part of the police.

    Paul In Sweden | June 5, 2020 at 11:16 am

    OT: The book Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger America’s Students Hardcover – September 10, 2019
    by Andrew Pollack (Author), Max Eden

    was very informative and an all around good read. It goes into the destructive Obama interference into school safety and how in the case of the Parkland school, Obama policy was directly responsible for the mass shooting.

      Mac45 in reply to Paul In Sweden. | June 5, 2020 at 12:38 pm

      Why Meadow Died is a wholly self-serving book and is not factually accurate. The true reason why the Marjorie Stoneman High School shooting occurred, is because there was nothing to stop it from happening. Pollack attempts to blame the handling of the shooter, prior to the actual shooting, as being wholly responsible for the incident. However, this makes the hugely erroneous assumption that Cruz was the only person in Broward County [population nearly 2 million] or the South Florida Metropolitan Area [population nearly 8 million]who was a potential threat. With 2 million people and 270 schools in Broward County, the odds were that this would happen sooner or later.

      One thinking to remember about school invasion mass shootings, they are only slightly more common than airplanes crashing into schools. For that reason, school systems and parents are simply not willing to spend the money to effectively guard against them. In fact, after all the hoopla and increased funding for school security in Florida, the current level of security at MSDHS is in line with the current minimum required level of school security and is exactly the same as that in place the day of the shooting. Nobody seems to care about the chil’ren.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | June 5, 2020 at 12:51 pm


    Violent extremist antifa organizations operate openly in physical locations and even get large followings on social media like
    . Extremist political center,
    , regularly tweets out content encouraging comrades to injure or kill police.

    hrhdhd | June 5, 2020 at 1:52 pm

    Stupid Twitterer: “They have about 20 officers guarding White House and secret service are on top of [sic] the roof.”

    Yeah, like any other day, dimwit.

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