Four Congressional Democrats, all members of theÂ Congressional Black Caucus, on Monday gave a "hands up, don't shoot" display on the House floor.
Democratic U.S. Congressmen and Congresswomen took to the House floor Monday, and during speeches raised their hands and exclaimed,Â "hands up, don't shoot." The gesturesÂ â€“ physical and emotionalÂ â€“ were all in support of Michael Brown, the 18-year old killed by now-former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. The Congressional Black CaucusÂ spoke for an hour on the House floor, talking about being Black in America, and how the issues in Ferguson reflect a larger problem across the nation.
While many members of the CBC spoke eloquently on the floor, New York Reps.Â Yvette Clarke andÂ Hakeem Jeffries, and Texas Reps.Â Al Green andÂ Sheila Jackson Lee all raised their hands during their speeches and said,Â "hands up, don't shoot."
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"'Hands up, don't shoot' is a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence in â€¦ communities all across America,â€ Rep. Hakeem Jeffries of New York told his colleagues.Â
â€œI saw this clip where the Rams players came into the arena: â€˜Hands up; don't shootâ€™ â€¦ this has become the new symbol, a new statement,â€ Rep. Al Green of Texas 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."
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Here's a short clip from Rep. Al Green:
And one from Rep. Jeffries:
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