Representatives Jeffries (D-NY), Lee (D-Tex.), Green (D-Tex.) and Clarke (D-NY) referenced the “hands up, don’t shoot” hand gesture that now symbolizes the protests in Ferguson, Missouri against police brutality.
These four members of the Congressional Black Caucus held their hands up during remarks Monday on the House Floor in solidarity with Ferguson protesters.
“‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ is a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence in … communities all across America,” Jeffries said on the House Floor.
Representative Green noted the use of this signal on the football field during a game Sunday night in St. Louis.
“I saw this clip where the Rams players came into the arena: ‘Hands up; don’t shoot’ … this has become the new symbol, a new statement,” Green said.
“I want to make sure that those who participated on the Rams team, that their names are chronicled in history… I want Kenny Britt to be recognized, Tavon Austin to be recognized, Stedman Bailey to be recognized, Jared Cook, Chris Givens, and Tre Mason,” Green suggested further.
Following the gesture on the House Floor, MSNBC host Joe Scarborough opined that it was a “disgrace.”
(Article by Jackson Marciana and Moreh B.D.K.; images via CSPAN)