‘Hands Up Don’t Shoot’ became the made up narrative that swept the nation like a bad Beyonce Performance. “It was shocking, I was amazed how quickly big politicians were able to throw law enforcement under the bus,” stated Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson.
Children, Football Players, News Anchors, Music Awards, even Statues all mocking this false narrative; but why? How is it that this gesture became so symbolic, and the conversation so polarizing? Not so fast… there is so much more to this story – so we bring it all the way back to the evening of August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri.
CHILDREN HANDS UP
FOOTBALL PLAYERS HANDS UP
NEWS ANCHORS HANDS UP
GRAMMY PERFORMERS HANDS UP
STATUES HANDS UP
“I don’t know why they (media) put the story out there so quickly without verifying anything, but it went viral right away… we were never able to pull this story back or to listen to the truth,”
says Chief Jackson. The police shooting of Michael Brown by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson ignited a firestorm of controversy about police “Use of Force” and a political avalanche of criticism about the police response to the civil unrest in that city.