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CNN Host: “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” Has ‘Symbolic’ Meaning

CNN Host: “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” Has ‘Symbolic’ Meaning

Some people would just call it a lie.

The Justice Department has confirmed that the entire notion of “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” was completely false. That hasn’t stopped one CNN host from keeping the meme alive, if only in a “symbolic” way.

Transcript and video via Real Clear Politics:

ANA CABRERA, CNN: You’re part of this Hands-Up-Don’t-Shoot coalition. Have you had a chance to read the Justice Department’s findings on Michael Brown’s death, as they pertain to Darren Wilson?

MONTAGUE SIMMONS, DON’T SHOOT COALITION MEMBER: I’ve had a chance to take a glance, yes.

ANA CABRERA: Has it changed your view of Darren Wilson at all, the fact he was cleared in this incident?

MONTAGUE SIMMONS: Not at all. Unfortunately, the findings were expected — meaning that usually in these cases we’ve seen law enforcement, and the voice of the officers involved, are given much heavier weight than [other] witnesses. Even though we’ve seen countless witnesses come forward and testify that his hands were up, they’re still giving a greater weight to law enforcement’s findings.

Even if his hands weren’t up in this case, he was not — he should even have been executed in the way he was.

ANA CABRERA: Obviously the whole catch phrase hands up don’t shoot takes on a much more symbolic meaning moving forward.

Watch the video:

CNN has taken a keen interest in the idea of “hands up, don’t shoot” from the beginning.

I’m reminded of this tweet from CNN contributor Sally Kohn, via Twitchy:

Featured image via Real Clear Politics video.


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Char Char Binks | March 8, 2015 at 8:32 pm

The truth means nothing to those people.

Not A Member of Any Organized Political | March 8, 2015 at 8:33 pm

All CNN Liars show yourself by raising your left hand!

Hasn’t stopped Obama from insisting we don’t know what really happened. Of course, witnesses and forensic evidence are meaningless when it comes to race baiting.

Of course it has symbolic meaning!

It’s a symbol of just how quickly a lie can become established as truth in the public’s mind when the racial grievance industry, our corrupt government, and the corrupt MSM all work together to perpetuate a false — but useful — meme.

    Ragspierre in reply to Observer. | March 8, 2015 at 10:43 pm

    It’s SHAMbolic meaning.

    When you live by delusions, delusions are all you have. Making new ones is as easy as lying to yourself.

    With practice, it is a way of life. It is the Collective’s way of life.

“Pants up, don’t loot” is not symbolic.

The Hand’s Up Don’t Shoot farce is like the Peaceful Protest farce from the Occupy era as they act anything but peaceful or lawful.

Carol Herman | March 8, 2015 at 10:35 pm

“Hands up, don’t shoot” has got to be as old as the hills.

That the thug Michael Brown punched police officer Darren Wilson is without question TRUE! Yes, the officer’s window was down. And, in all probability Michael Brown at first stuck his arm inside the police vehicle because he thought he’d grab and steal the officer’s gun.

It went off inside the car. Probably hit Michael Brown in the hand. It’s the point where he then began to run away. But he turned.

“Slowly, he turned.” Step. By. Step. He was also leaning forward, and build speed. But he got shot. A few shots went into his right arm.

Then one shot entered under his right eye. Or on top of his head. He was dead before he hit the ground.

His mom, “carrot top,” has become very rich.

I guess “in some neighborhoods,” that’s like winning the lottery.

    ConradCA in reply to Carol Herman. | March 10, 2015 at 6:29 am

    It is a fact that his hand was inside the officers truck and that he was shot in the hand. That his hand was within 1/2″ of the barrel when it was fired.

    His path was determined by the blood trail he left as he fled the vehicle then turned around and ran to where his body ended up.

legacyrepublican | March 8, 2015 at 11:52 pm

I wish there was a “Hands up! Don’t vote for bad laws!” movement that had substance instead of being symbolic as it is now.

Midwest Rhino | March 9, 2015 at 3:23 am

The CNN women will make good subservient dhimmis, since they’re obviously willing to submit to law breaking racists and haters, in order to not be called racist themselves.

They ignore that by supporting the lie they are dishonestly calling cops racist murderers. Maybe they should song along with some gangster rap, to show how hip they really are.

How about, “Hands in your own pockets – and get a job.”

It’s like how George Zimmerman only shot Trayvon Martin because he was wearing a hoodie. (Yeah right).

The same sheeples doing “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” were also doing the Million Hoodie March and wearing hoodies on the floor of Congress.

It’s almost like they’re all about the show. The narrative. No matter what.

Richard Aubrey | March 9, 2015 at 8:27 am

Got to give these people credit for persistence. They’ll keep on lying until the real world gets tired of making endless refutations and the lie will become CW.
Meanwhile, Robert Wilson III (aka “who?”) was unavailable for comment.

Due process works best when a suspect cooperates. Due process is jeopardized when a suspect does not put his hands up and does not obey the peace officer. Does Eric Holder understand this or is he willfully ignorant when black Americans are involved? (rhetorical, I know His Animus’ answer)

The Obama administration prides itself on due process for terrorists SO why not use the same meme template for local home grown ‘terrorists’ who commit strong arm robbery against peace loving store owners and then go on and refuse to stand down.

The “Hands-Up-Don’t-Shoot” meme is delusional. It denies the crime and enshrines the ‘poor’ ‘misunderstood’ criminal.

This is so stupid because “HANDS UP, DON’T SHOOT” is the best way to ensure your own right to due process in a court of law. Put your HANDS UP and the police will NOT SHOOT and you will not be DEAD and you will get your DAY IN COURT and if your innocent you will GO FREE.

Anyone who truly believes that #BlackLivesMatter should be advizing their youth that HANDS UP is a GOOD thing.

Everything from and about the Left depends on lies, cons and frauds.

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | March 9, 2015 at 9:52 am

“Hands Up Don’t Shoot” is pure propaganda.




noun: propaganda; noun: Propaganda

1. information, especially of a biased or misleading nature, used to promote or publicize a particular political cause or point of view.

ANA CABRERA: Obviously the whole catch phrase hands up don’t shoot takes on a much more symbolic meaning moving forward.

In other breaking news from CNN: Oceania has always been at war with Eurasia Eastasia.

Henry Hawkins | March 9, 2015 at 3:39 pm

O/T: Wasn’t Sally Kohn once a linebacker for the Cowboys?


There is no doubt that Brown charged Wilson, so if there is any truth to him at any point raising his hands at all it was purely as a deke to try to trick the police officer into not shooting him for the couple of seconds Brown needed to get to Wilson.

My Tweet at the time: New #thug-life ploy, “hands up don’t shoot,” then attack. Yeah, how’s that workin’ out for ya?

The only symbolic meaning it has is to prove that these people are liars.

My middle finger salute to you Race-Baiting Poverty Pimps is a “symbolic meaning” too!