Members of the Congressional Black Caucus showed solidarity with the family and supporters of slain Ferguson, Mo. teen Michael “Mike” Brown on the House floor on Monday. Four members used the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture, and voiced support for the St. Louis Rams players who also performed the gesture during a game.
Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) and Al Green (D-Tex.) all performed the gesture while addressing fellow U.S. House of Representative members, with both Texas members stating that the Rams players should be recognized for their bold statement.
The New York Daily News reports:
Two of the members of Congress, Reps. Lee and Green, also offered their praise for the five St. Louis Rams who gave the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” signal on the field during a game Sunday night.
“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.”
Though praised by some, the gesture at the NFL game caused controversy.
The St. Louis Police Officers Association called on the NFL to discipline the players for the gesture. The league said on Monday that they would not be punishing the Rams players or the organization.
On Tuesday host of MSNBC’s Morning Joe, former congressman Joe Scarborough, called the gesture a “lie” and saying that Brown was not in that position or that cops wouldn’t shoot young Black men standing as such.
Apparently, Scarborough’s a young Black man who survived such an encounter.
Watch Morning Joe‘s report on the St. Louis Rams “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture below.
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