In Praising Black Lives Matter, the Media Still Perpetuates Debunked ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ Narrative

For as much as the Left condemns Donald Trump and a lot of his statements, they do not refrain from condemning the anti-police rhetoric of Black Lives Matter. Instead, news media outlets like the United Kingdom’s The Guardian run a puff piece on Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza, not to mention how the media failed to mention the circumstances around Michael Brown’s death (he aggressively attacked a smaller, white police officer Darren Wilson) and other important information:

Then, on 9 August 2014, a little over a year after Zimmerman was allowed to walk free from court, 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Officer Darren Wilson had fired 12 rounds. Brown had been unarmed.

Protests broke out the day after Brown’s shooting. There was some unrest and looting. Cars were vandalised, commercial properties broken into. Police officers in riot gear took to the streets. Watching the drama unfold on TV, Garza had that same sickening feeling she’d had when she heard of Trayvon Martin’s death. Along with Cullors and Tometi, she organised a “freedom ride” to Ferguson under the auspices of the #blacklivesmatter campaign. More than 500 people signed up from 18 different cities across America. When they reached Ferguson, Garza was astonished to see her own phrase mirrored back at her on protest banners and shouted in unison by people she had never met.

CBS News, when the news that the Department of Justice did not press charges against former police officer Darren Wilson, mentioned the following about the so-called ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ rhetoric and Wilson being attacked by Brown:

The decision in the August 9 shooting on Wilson had been expected, in part because of the high legal standard needed for a federal civil rights prosecution. Wilson, who has said Brown struck him in the face and reached for his gun during a tussle, also had been cleared by a Missouri grand jury in November and later resigned from the department.

In a speech after the announcement was made, Attorney General Eric Holder defended the investigation as “fair and rigorous from the start.”

Holder acknowledged that the results may seem incompatible from what was widely reported, namely that Brown’s hands were raised when Wilson shot and killed him.

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