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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.

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 as 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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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | June 4, 2020 at 9:28 pm



Ridicule drives Leftists over the Wall.

BLM has ties to the Nation of Islam as well. Notice that they joined forces in escalating violence in these riots with Antifa.

They don’t care if anything they push is a lie. They claim they want justice for George Floyd, yet they say also that the only thing which would satisfy them is his conviction.

Imagine that. A country founded on laws with a group that wants no law enforcement other than their own kangaroo courts and vigilante justice, where they get to play judge, jury and executioner fit to their own vision which has nothing to do with the law.

There seems to be a strong case against Chauvin, but this terrorist organization is looking for a lynching crew to take him from his cell and hang him. They don’t want justice. They want revenge and a furthering of their political goals.

Obama has strong ties with BLM. He helped organize and give them impetus. Obama was the one to insert himself into every incident which involved a black being shot and played jury and judge with these cases before any real facts where known. He was fanning the flames of racial unrest and insurrection.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to oldgoat36. | June 4, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Lies….just like their parents….Adolph and Satan….

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to oldgoat36. | June 4, 2020 at 11:35 pm

    Leftists heal thyself first.

    Take the 10 foot oak beam out of your eye first
    then later we can worry about the loose eye lash on
    Anerica’s cheek.

    Black Africans still have slaves.

    So the global condemnation of American racism makes me laugh.

    Think about how stupid it is for people in foreign countries to march.


    The ones marching should look in the mirror.

      Not only does slavery still exist in sub-Saharan Africa, it was invented in sub-Saharan Africa.

      Europeans did not introduce slavery to the New World, our continent’s original sin was being practiced in a horrendously brutal form by the native Amerindians.The

      Thirteen do fifty.

        notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to Barry Soetoro. | June 5, 2020 at 1:07 am

        Paul Joseph Watson has some good words to say about Leftist narrow, selective outrage.


        drednicolson in reply to Barry Soetoro. | June 5, 2020 at 2:41 am

        The transatlantic slave trade would never have grown to more than a niche enterprise, without the willing participation of the native Africans. Tribes on the coast would raid those farther inland to take captives and trade them to the European slavers for rum and guns.

          markm in reply to drednicolson. | June 5, 2020 at 8:02 am

          Don’t forget the Arab slave traders – they (and their part-African descendants, probably including Obama’s Nigerian ancestors) always carried on the bulk of the slave trade. They were kidnapping and buying slaves across the Sahara Desert long before European ships reached west Africa. Arab pirates also raided European coasts for slaves, and took slaves from the ships they captured. During the trans-Atlantic slave trade, they brought slaves to markets on the African coast, but they still carried many slaves north for each one sold to whites.

          Milhouse in reply to drednicolson. | June 5, 2020 at 9:30 am

          The transatlantic slave trade would never have grown to more than a niche enterprise, without the willing participation of the native Africans.

          What “niche enterprise”? It couldn’t have existed in the first place without that. As far as I know there is no evidence that any European ever enslaved a single African during that period. European traders simply learned that there were slaves for sale at the West African markets, so they went shopping. By the standards of every society in the world at the time, it was a completely normal thing to do, no different from people going there now to buy yams or coffee or anything else they make there. As for how the market was supplied, they neither knew nor cared, any more than most people care how their local supermarket gets the goods it sells. They had no reason to.

          It never occurred to anyone involved, including the slaves themselves, that there was anything wrong with slavery. The slaves had no objection to the institution, they just wished they were on the other end of it; if they had any hope it was one day to become free and become rich enough to own their own slaves. The whole idea that there was something wrong with it was invented by a few European Christian thinkers in the 18th century, and spread from there. Without them we still would think nothing of it.

          Paul In Sweden in reply to drednicolson. | June 5, 2020 at 11:22 am

          Yes, It should also be noted that at the time of the civil war there were a number of Free Black former slaves that held a significant number of Black Slaves.

Suggestion to Minneapolis Police: A planned “sick-out” of the entire force is needed. A mandatory three weeks. Worried about losing your job… it is going away anyway. Dox addresses of mayor and admin.

As for the city council… watch The Purge.

George Floyd is the new “Lady Diana” in death.

Dantzig93101 | June 4, 2020 at 10:10 pm

When Benjamin Crump and Al Sharpton show up, you know there’s something phony going on.

If Trayvon Martin had succeeded in murdering George Zimmerman, and if Michael Brown had succeeded in murdering Darrin Wilson, we never would have heard a word about either death. The MSM stick to the plan: “Narrative über alles.”

One goal that is not mentioned as well, make the job of being a police officer so undesirable that no one will want to enter the profession. They want every move you make recorded, question every decision, assume that it is the officers fault every time something bad happens. The training and protocols vary by department.
Then add in a society is is devolving, a government that only cares about staying in power by placating the public by not telling the real truth and a media that is rarely supportive as well.
The hiring standards have already been lowered in many areas then add in a union that protects its members at all costs.
One of the attractive benefits to being an officer was a very good pension plan. Now due to gross mis-management of the retirement funds may mean much smaller future pensions if any pensions at all.

check out Ann Coulter’s columns this week. In two paragraphs she lays out more facts about George Floyd than all MSM outlets combined. These are facts that matter.

We’re discussing the etymology of a political slogan while leftists burn our cities and antifa pile cobblestones.

What else can we do? I’ve no desire to prove my mettle nor gain glory in battle. Yet I bend the knee for no man. My pride will not allow it. So, there’s that.

there is more to it than hands up, the key word is STOP. do not approach

Speaking of fabrications:
Christopher Wray is still the head of the FBI.

What dark comedy.

    Barry Soetoro in reply to | June 5, 2020 at 12:50 am

    I don’t think Trump can replace Wray until after the election. There are too many subversive RINO members of the GOPe and NeverTrumpers who will try to crucify him after this remedial action, and Trump needs party unity on Election Day (election month in Democrat precincts).

    The Friendly Grizzly in reply to | June 5, 2020 at 10:32 am

    There is still and FBI. Even more comedy.

notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | June 5, 2020 at 1:10 am

Maybe it is time to pray this prayer.

Psalm 83

Do to them as you did to the Midianites

and as you did to Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River.

They were destroyed at Endor,

and their decaying corpses fertilized the soil.

O my God, scatter them like tumbleweed,

like chaff before the wind!

As fire burns a forest

and as a flame sets mountains ablaze,

chase them with your fierce storm;

terrify them with your tempest.

Utterly disgrace them…Let them die in disgrace.

drednicolson | June 5, 2020 at 3:04 am

The lie persists because these lotus-eaters demand to be lied to.

A supreme irony they should think themselves “woke”.

It looks as if Civil War II will kick off in the big, democrat cities. democrats are going to find out what the “Thin Blue Line” really means, and it’s not the nonsense about cops lying for other cops. It means that there are very few actual Law Enforcement Officers/Peace Officers compared to the overall population. Because of that disparity of numbers, police are entrusted with and wield a lot of power. Remove those powers or the police and the Thin Blue Line disappears. Cliche time: On one side of the line are the sheep. On the other, the wolves. The Thin Blue Line are the Sheepdogs. When the Sheepdogs disappear, the wolves are going to feast on the flock until they’re gone too. Our laws are only good if everyone understands and accepts laws are only viable if they are accompanied by the promise of force (up to and including deadly force) in their enforcement. But democrats are like toddlers. They always want their way, they hate accountability, and throw tantrums when told “No.” I say let’s do this democrat experiment with the caveat no one has to enter a city to provide goods and/or services, but no one can leave to obtain them either. You’re on your own in your wonderful urban utopia. Of course this caveat is a pipe dream, but I think we’re going to get at least a little glimpse of this experiment played out soon.

What annoys me is that black lives do not matter to many black criminals.. The numbers don’t lie. Heaven forbid they should look in mirror.

    n.n in reply to amwick. | June 5, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Can you blame them? The progressive path to dysfunctional convergence (e.g. witch hunts, warlock judgments, protests and riots, [rabid] diversity) begins with denying #BLM (baby lives matter) and lesser wicked solutions.

A ball of yarns that was with premeditation and careful attention spun over decades threatening to unwind with explosive force.

Hands up, don’t loot.

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.

    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.

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.

With Black Lives Matter, we have reached a new level of affirmative action–immunity for black criminals and druggies to resist arrest. The riots and violence would have come to a swift halt after the first bayonet charge or live bullet firing.

BLM is a criminal enterprise, founded on a bogus narrative, promoted by corrupt politicians, shielded by an incurious media and bankrolled by a Socialist billionaire.

Many people of stature are more than willing to promote the fallacy of Black Lives Matter thugs. One of the more egregious examples is the municipal graffiti in our nation’s capital. “Black Lives Matter” written on a DC street is beyond the pale, but to be expected from the Dems/Progs in charge of the city.