Black Congressional Staffers Staged Walkout Promote ‘Hands Up Don’t Shoot’
Dozens of black U.S. congressional staff members staged a walkout from their jobs this week protesting two grand jury decisions to not charge white police officers in the Ferguson, Missouri, and New York City killings of black men.
Staffers referenced the “Hands up, don’t shoot” gesture during the walkout, even though eye witness accounts and evidence from the Ferguson case don’t support the claim.
Earlier this month, several black members of congress performed the same gesture on the House floor.
From The Daily News:
Reps. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY), Yvette Clarke (D-NY), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Tex.) and Al Green (D-Tex.), referred to the gesture that has come to symbolize the outrage over the death of Brown, the African American teen shot dead by police officer Darren Wilson in August.
Several black St. Louis Rams football players also displayed the gesture during an NFL game.