Washington Post: ‘Hands Up Don’t Shoot’ One Of The Biggest Pinocchios of 2015

Tavon Austin #11, Jared Cook #89, Chris Givens #13 of the St. Louis Rams pay homage to Mike Brown by holding their hands up during their pre-game introduction against the Oakland Raiders at the Edward Jones Dome on November 30, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Raiders …
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The phrase “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” makes the Washington Post’s annual list of biggest Pinocchios of 2015.

The words became popular among protesters calling for police accountability in the aftermath of the August 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

According to the Washington Post:

Witness accounts spread after the shooting that Brown had his hands raised in surrender, mouthing the words “Don’t shoot” as his last words before being shot execution-style. Democratic lawmakers raised their hands in solidarity on the House floor. But various investigations concluded this did not happen—and that Wilson acted out of self-defense and was justified in killing Brown.

The phrase ended up becoming the mantra of Black Lives Matter. In 2014, members of the St. Louis Rams ran on to the field with their hands raised in support of the “hands up don’t shoot” phrase.


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