Shades of Dan Moderately!
On CNN This Morning, Don Lemon tried to make the case that, regardless of being debunked by a Justice Division investigation and report, the Ferguson-born slogan of “arms up, do not shoot” was faux however correct. As Lemon put it:
“Keep in mind, arms up do not shoot, after Ferguson, grew to become a nationwide protest image for police mistreatment of minorities. It was about greater than the taking pictures of Michael Brown.”
Word that Lemon solely spoke of a “DoJ report” on Ferguson, debunking the “arms, up, do not shoot,” declare. Lemon by no means revealed that the report was authored below the Justice Division management of Eric Holder, then-President Obama’s legal professional basic and shut confidant.
Lemon made his declare within the context of criticizing Elon Musk for mocking the piles of #Keep Woke t-shirts he discovered at Twitter. He accused Musk of getting “repeated a right-wing speaking level suggesting that the protests following Brown’s loss of life had been overblown.”
Let’s take a look on the article on the topic from the Washington Publish—hardly a “hotbed of right-wing speaking factors.” Entitled, ‘Palms up, don’t shoot’ didn’t occur in Ferguson,” the article provides 4 Pinnochios to individuals claiming the opposite, and concludes [emphasis added]:
“Investigators have overwhelmingly rejected witness accounts that Brown had his arms up in a give up earlier than being shot execution-style. The DOJ has concluded Wilson didn’t know whether or not Brown was armed, acted out of self-defense and was justified in killing Brown. The vast majority of witnesses informed federal investigators that the preliminary claims that Brown’s arms had been up weren’t correct. “Palms up, don’t shoot” didn’t occur in Brown’s killing, and it’s a characterization that deserves 4 Pinocchios.”
Lemon had the chutzpah to assert through the section, “information first right here on CNN.”
We obtained your information proper right here, Don. Similar goes for Poppy Harlow, who after Lemon concluded his spiel, solemnly intoned, “Don, thanks for that. It is vital to have the information.”
On CNN This Morning, Don Lemon making an attempt to clarify away the truth that “arms up, do not shoot” did not really occur in Ferguson was sponsored partially by Pfizer, maker of Nexium and Chapstick.
Here is the transcript.
CNN This Morning
6:15 am ET
ELON MUSK: Right here we’re on the merch factor. And there is a complete, total closet filled with — secret closet–off hashtag woke t-shirts.
DON LEMON: That was Twitter’s new proprietor, Elon Musk, mocking a t-shirt the corporate made years in the past in an effort to indicate help for its black staff and customers. Earlier proprietor Jack Dorsey wore the shirt throughout a 2016 panel with civil rights activist DeRay Mckesson. Some critics ridiculed him for him sporting it.
Throughout the panel, Dorsey talked about being on the bottom in Ferguson for protests over the deadly police taking pictures of Michael Brown.
In a now-deleted follow-up tweet, Musk famous that the shirts got here after the Ferguson protests, and repeated a right-wing speaking level suggesting that the protests following Brown’s loss of life had been overblown.
And he wrote, and I quote right here, “arms up, do not shoot” was made up. The entire thing was a fiction.
Now, Musk changed the deleted tweet with a follow-up tweet containing solely the hyperlink to a Division of Justice report on Brown’s loss of life.
Okay, information first right here on CNN. Musk stated that “arms up, do not shoot” was made up — the entire thing was a fiction. This wants some context.
[Cut to clip of Ferguson protesters chanting, “hands up, don’t shoot.]
So the phrase arms up, do not shoot grew to become a nationwide rallying cry in 2014 in solidarity with Michael Brown, the black teenager who some witnesses stated had his arms as much as give up when he was shot and killed by a white police officer, Darren Wilson.
In 2015, the Justice Division forged doubt on the “arms up” account, concluding in a report that Wilson shot Brown a number of occasions solely as Brown was transferring in direction of the officer. That is what Musk is referencing in his tweets.
The DoJ didn’t discover grounds to cost the officer. However in a separate report launched the identical day, it did discover proof of systematic racial discrimination in Ferguson by the hands of town’s police division and municipal court docket. Now, the DoJ, in a scathing report, pointed to the statistics for proof. Black individuals in Ferguson are twice as more likely to be searched throughout car stops than whites. Although white individuals had been discovered to have contraband at the next charge than black individuals. A minimum of 85% of these pulled over, ticketed, or arrested for site visitors violations had been black, and the Justice Division stated it was cash not public security that the division and town centered on. And black residents paid the very best worth.
So keep in mind, arms up do not shoot, after Ferguson, grew to become a nationwide protest image for police mistreatment of minoritie. It was about greater than the taking pictures of Michael Brown. That is concerning the sample of police shootings and brutality on this nation. And hashtag “Keep Woke,” which Musk mocked, was how Twitter needed referred to as out racial injustice — how they needed to name out racial injustice. Poppy?
POPPY HARLOW: Don, thanks for that. It is vital to have the information.