Lawmakers Make ‘Hands up’ Gesture on House Floor

Lucy McCalmont, Politico, December 2, 2014

Several lawmakers took to the House floor Monday evening to make the “Hands up, don’t shoot,” gesture to protest the police shooting of the unarmed Ferguson teen, Michael Brown.

“Hands up, don’t shoot. It’s a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence,” Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.) said as he took the floor. “In community, after community, after community, fed up with police violence in Ferguson, in Brooklyn, in Cleveland, in Oakland, in cities and counties and rural communities all across America.”

Jeffries added that people are fed up with injustice, a broken criminal justice system and “continuing to see young, unarmed African-American men killed as a result of a gunshot fired by a law enforcement officer.”

“Now this is a problem that Congress can’t run away from and the [Congressional Black Caucus] stands here today to make sure that Congress runs toward the problem,” Jeffries said. “That we come up with constructive solutions to breaking this cycle, this epidemic, this scourge of police violence all across America.”

Joining Jeffries were Reps. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and Al Green (D-Texas), who praised the handful of St. Louis Rams’ players for also making the “hands up” gesture as they entered the field for their game on Sunday.


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  • SentryattheGate

    As usual, blacks never seem to “look in the mirror” for the reasons of their problems; it has to be whites as the cause! Those of us that have worked in schools see the reason why blacks are disciplined at a far higher rate then other students. Their unruly, undisciplined and often violent behavior is seen at early ages. But schools are now being told to quit disciplining them; it is racist! Then anti-racist education K-12 adds “fuel to the fire” of racial animosity, by blaming minority failure on whites, at the expense of taxpayers (many of them white)!

    • TheCogitator

      The limited intelligence of blacks does not allow them to access things as an intelligent, rational white person can — and does. (Liberals fail too, because they are not rational. They suffer from a mental disorder.)

      • Sick of it

        Many liberals are mentally deficient. Seriously, talk to them sometime.

      • Realist

        Yes, and that is exactly why Democracy does not work.
        As long as idiots can vote the country will go to hell.

    • I was normally well-behaved growing up, but I never took any sass off adults, either. My policy was that I was polite and I expected – and enforced – courtesy in return. Don’t like you car set on fire? Too damned bad; you’re used to picking on little kids, and you got the wrong one that time. Rocks through your windows in the middle of winter while you’re on vacation, just so your pipes will freeze and break? That never happened to nice folks in my neighborhood. Why ever would that be? Beaten up with three feet of heavy chain? Ooops. So sorry; that’s a complete shame.

      A really good teacher is at his best with the slower students. My mother once asked “What’s next, are you going to stab somebody?” My reply was that it sounded like a good idea. They threatened to send me to a military school, but it wouldn’t have worked, as I wasn’t into the whole “sass off adults” thing. I wanted to be left alone, especially with my books. That’s not very complicated, is it? I could read at an adult level when I was 10, so books were a natural for me. My ex-father beat and kicked me, cheated me out of $625,000 and then sent me to federal prison for three years, but the cruelest thing he ever did to me was taking all of my reference books away for a year (1979-1980). The junior high school had a library, so after lunch I went there to read until the next bell.

      I still don’t take any sass-mouth, but I am quite civilized, so long as I am left alone when I am reading.

    • ElComadreja

      Yet when they get into a jam they sit around crying for whitey to bail them out.

  • shatwood

    Black people recreating something that was NEVER made by a fellow black person.

    Next week members of the Congressional Black Caucus will use the same logic to form their hands in the shape of a Pyramid.

    • The Worlds Scapegoat

      How is that any different from claiming “it’s just like the nazis”?


  • anony

    Monkey see, monkey do.

    These dullards are simply confirming what we believe about them; they are stupid.

    • Who Me?

      Monkey see, monkey STILL can’t do–THAT’S how stupid they are!

    • TruthBeTold

      Monkeys don’t do. They can only mimic; badly; and with poor results.

      • ghettovalley

        More truth in these three short comments than you’ll hear from the news media in a lifetime.

    • ElComadreja

      They’re the Bizarro world version of humans.

      • Max

        Maybe. Only Superman would know for certain.

        I think that they are simply the 100,000 B.C. world version of humans.

  • Ironically, all four of them voted earlier this year to continue police “militarization.” Even though “police militarization” had nothing to do with the death of Michael Brown, nor were the riot cops really militarized.

    the handful of St. Louis Rams’ players for also making the “hands up” gesture as they entered the field for their game on Sunday.

    Five of them did it, four wide receivers and a tight end, all black of course. A San Diego State University study in 2010 of NFL player arrests between 2000 and 2009 shows that wide receiver is the most arrested position, cornerback comes in a close second.

    • jane johnson

      Doesn’t much matter how LE is dressed, or what type of weaponry they’re equipped with, if all they’re gonna do is observe felonious behavior.

      • mael

        More and more police will do just that. The liberals won’t let cops do their job. Why get jammed up by some animal?

    • DaveMed

      The CBC knows that its supporters have approximately the same attention span as a garden-variety goldfish.

      If they say that the incident in Ferguson was due to “militarization” of the police, their audience will not have the cerebral capacity to ponder whether this was, in fact, the case.

    • Max

      Obviously the police are profiling wide-receivers. Does Holder know about this?

  • Sharpton’s organization, plus rabbis and Marxist pastors organized the “protests” across the country. They were not organic. There were white, black, and Jewish radicals behind them. The purpose is to intimidate the political system into more “gibsusdat.” It’s working, as liberals use the “protests” as an excuse to legislate more anti-white tyranny.

    Never let a crisis go to waste? They haven’t. And they did it all with how many “protesters?” A few hundred in every major city and on campuses. Maybe 50,000 protesters in all, dictating the loss of our freedoms to 350 million others.

    • Tarczan

      Yeah, I’d love to learn exactly how in 170 some US cities protests materialized simultaneously and most of had people blocking highways, something that has never happened in many places before.
      The local darkie protest radio show had a woman who seemed to be white admitting the protests were planned in advance of the verdict.

    • withcaution

      It was the Catholic and Lutheran and nondenominational Christian churches here in Michigan that of been bringing in poor blacks from the south and from overseas as well as expanding both hands for as many Latinos as they can get their hands on.

      • See The Future

        Organized religion is not the friend of white people.

        • Michigan Patriot

          Amen, big time !

    • AndrewInterrupted

      Yup, a grievance industry shakedown–that couldn’t have been accomplished without a corrupt media.

      It’s sometimes called “Greener’s Law” and attributed to William Greener, but according to this page, it was Congressman Charles Brownson who coined it in 1964. In a speech from August 14, 1884, Twain said it. Mark Twain wrote that. The original quote is “Never pick a fight with people who buy ink by the barrel.”

  • Frank_DeScushin

    And as black Democrats raise their hands in Congress cowardly Republicans sit on their hands. Through this entire Ferguson fiasco Democrats have worked hard to frame the public narrative of racist white cop, racist white system. Meanwhile, Republicans have hardly said a word, likely cowering in fear of being called a racist or running studies about how speaking out may jeopardize the non-existent black votes they’ll get.

    • TruthBeTold

      I saw this action on c-span last night. After their grandstanding was over a Republican stood up to challenge Obamas’ amnesty.

      I’m not sure what Republicans can do other than to fight obvious abuses of power and power grabs that pop up along the way.

      • DaveMed

        Good. It’s time to focus back on the amnesty. The Ferguson situation was a total waste of this country’s time.

        • anony

          Well, at least it gave ISIS time to consolidate their gains.

    • jane johnson

      They’re doing the right thing; letting the dems keep stirring the pot, and cranking up the rhetoric. Then when there are about 5 or 6 Fergusons scattered across the country, they’ll be able to point at Obama and his attack dog Holder as the reasons why.

      • Frank_DeScushin

        I’m not as confident as you that an elected Republican will eventually hang the riots on Obama and Holder for their help stirring the pot. The only a Republican I could envision with the balls to do that would be Steve King from Iowa.

        • jane johnson

          I can see Trey Gowdy stepping up to the plate on this one. When the race card is played on him, he gets all Southern Gentlemanly offended, and damn near demands satisfaction for the insult. I’ll see if I can find a clip to post. There are bound to be a few out there.

        • Lindsey has the right stuff too!
          He will work with black caucus members and reason with them.

    • withcaution

      At least vote libertarian, about the social safety net of welfare money a lot of third World will stop flooding into our country…. Or we could vote for the next republican that’s going to throw us under the bus yet again.

    • Max

      Geez, late last night I was working on the car and for noise I turned on the radio. I got to hear Bob Dornan (yeah “B-1 Bob”) going on about the good ol’ days of civil rights when he was “marchin’ with King” and supposedly was kept from promotion to major on account of it.

      He should’ve been demoted to Airman.

  • TruthBeTold

    Blacks are always trying to turn their criminals into civil rights heroes.

    • bilderbuster

      Why not? Their “Civil Rights” leaders are criminals.

  • Luca

    This is the sequel to the hoody show they conducted when Trayvon got his justice.

    • jane johnson

      They should’ve been pelted with cigarillos.

    • Caucasoid88

      I can’t believe our congressmen actually wore hoodies and gestured handsupdontshoot in the House of Representatives. How America has fallen. Idiocracy is coming into full form.

      • MannyR

        It’s not coming, it’s here, remember the president in the movie was Black?

    • SentryattheGate

      Oh, yes, that’s right; the Black Congressional Caucus wore hoodies in support of Trayvon–how small-minded! Notice that most of the Ferguson looters also wore hoodies; very convenient for disguising yourself!

  • JackKrak

    I wonder what the Chinese government analysts think when they watch idiots with names like ‘Hakeem’ stand on the floor of the US House of Representatives and put on their minstrel shows.

    It must be hilarious because it can’t be shocking for them anymore.

    • It shows them we are ripe and not to be taken seriously.

      • ElComadreja

        I’ll bet they pissed their pants laughing when we demonstrated our weakness to the world by electing a negro.

        • LHathaway

          They haven’t made any bold moves while Obama has been president. That’s probably because it’s understood Obama has a bit of white in him and hung around all those whites (if stoners) in his youth. The last sentence was kinda a joke.

          The question is, will Obama step down from power after the 2016 elections?

    • Charles Martel

      It certainly would explain their antipathy to democracy!

  • Jeff Traube

    Why didn’t some European-Americans counter with “Pants Up, Don’t Loot” ?

    • ElComadreja

      Some of us have.

  • Truthseeker

    Facts no longer matter. Truth no longer matters. All that matters is perpetuating the narrative of choice. We might as well be living in the Soviet Union.

    • Usually Much Calmer

      The weather is better but the people are uglier.

  • John Smith

    Mike Brown’s hands were never “up”.

    So how can this have anything to do with “hands up”?

    Thanks very much to the evil creatures in the anti-white media cabal.

    • Max

      The chant from the police should be: “Hands in my car – get shot!”

  • TheCogitator

    The police are out of control, and anyone paying attention, black or white should be aware of it. But the Michael Brown case was not the one to use to speak to the issue of our militarized, thuggish police who are abusing everyone, black and white. Pick one of 100s that are easy to find, but Michael Brown was a thug whose behavior caused him to be rightfully shot. The world is a better place without him. Only fools support him.

  • dd121

    Do these liberals really think it’s a responsible thing to inflame their mob?

  • Steve_in_Vermont

    According to the figures I’ve seen most young blacks (who are being shot) are the victims of their own race. These folks make it sound like blacks are being shot every day, all over America, by police officers.

  • ghettovalley

    This just goes to show that even at the highest levels of our government, political correctness amongst the whites and racial loyalty amongst the blacks trumps all logic, fact, and reason. But anyone here could have told you that.

    • MannyR

      Because those in control of the money supply ( the real source of power ) want it that way.

  • Yves Vannes

    Since they lost the last election the only way they can gain back power and attention is through constant agitation. The BCC will throw a hissy fit almost daily. Ozero will go back to his roots for the next two years: race agitator.

  • JohnEngelman

    Jeffries added that people are fed up with injustice, a broken criminal justice system and “continuing to see young, unarmed African-American men killed as a result of a gunshot fired by a law enforcement officer.”

    – Lucy McCalmont, Politico, December 2, 2014

    I am fed up with the way young armed African American men take with them the barbarism of the African jungle everywhere they go.

  • Weisheit77

    MLK Jr. is based on a lie. Why not the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” narrative regarding the gentle giant?

    • Tip Of The Spear

      Why did Ronald Reagan sign the MLK Holiday law?

    • ElComadreja

      MLK needs to be exposed. Way too many whites buy into the lie.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    “…fed up with police violence in Ferguson….Lawmakers make ‘hands up’ gesture on House floor.”

    Support for robbing convince stores, assaulting police officers and normalizing black criminal thug behavior.

    I’m fed up with black violence against Whites and ignorance of the facts.

    Hands Down, Brown’s in the Ground!

    or…Slugs for thugs.

    unarmed Ferguson teen, Michael Brown.


    Geez, I won’t have a liver left by the time this dies down.

    • *swipe*

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        You should see what I’m holding back, this being a family-friendly site and all….

    • pants at half mast? This is not me by the way but actually is/may be a member of “Gangster Disciples”: a well armed black gang estimated by some at 50,000 strong.

      • Leftists call them disenfranchised yoof.

        • AndrewInterrupted

          Who commit crimes wid dey fwee sail foams

      • Speedy Steve

        youtube[dot]com/watch?v=W2Jrn8nJ-tw jump down turn around pick a bale of cotton courtesy of moonshine meth express

    • CallahanAuto

      I desperately want to believe that the middle sign is real and not Photoshopped.

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        As Dan Rather said: “Fake but accurate”

    • AndrewInterrupted

      The bottom pic is a strong argument for hand grenades.

  • Speedy Steve

    OK, good, y’alls hands are up. Now grab y’alls ankles. It’s going to come in handy where you’re going.

  • Sick of it

    “‘Now this is a problem that Congress can’t run away from and the
    [Congressional Black Caucus] stands here today to make sure that
    Congress runs toward the problem,'”

    Just like how Michael Brown ran straight toward Officer Darren Wilson, trying to do him further harm.

    • jane johnson

      Too bad they won’t get the same result. They are an embarrassment.

  • Conrad

    Those that live by the sword, die by the sword.

  • MekongDelta69

    CBC: “Hands up”

    Me: “Light ’em up

  • withcaution

    Hundreds of thousands of white/latino/Arabic/Korean people murdered at the hands of blacks over the last 30 years, what are the odds even one Congressmen mentions it? Pussies.

  • Greek Fire

    recognize me? That’s OK, I understand.

    My name was Antonio West. I was the 13-month old child who was shot in the face
    at point blank range by two black teens, who were attempting to rob my mother,
    who was also shot. I think my murder and my mommy’s wounding made the news for
    maybe a day, and then disappeared.

    A Grand Jury of my mommy’s peers from Brunswick, Georgia ruled the black teens
    who murdered me will not face the death penalty… too bad it was me who got
    the death sentence from my killers instead, because Mommy didn’t have the money
    they demanded.

    See, my family made the mistake of being white in a 73% non-white neighborhood,
    but my murder wasn’t ruled a ‘hate crime’. Oh, and President Obama didn’t take
    a single moment to acknowledge my murder. He couldn’t have any children who
    could possibly look like me – so why should he care? I’m one of the youngest
    murder victims in our great Nation’s history, but the media didn’t care to
    cover the story of my being killed in cold blood.

    There isn’t a white equivalent of Al Sharpton, because if there was he would be
    branded a ‘racist’. So no one’s rushing to Brunswick, Georgia to demonstrate
    and demand ‘justice’ for me. There’s no ‘White Panther’ party, either, to put a
    bounty on the lives of the two black teens who murdered me. I have no voice, I
    have no representation, and unlike those who shot me in the face while I sat
    innocently in my stroller – I no longer have my life.

    Isn’t this a great country, or what?

    • MannyR

      I remember this child, the picture of him smiling at his home. The photos of his mother sobbing to reporters and explaining how see pleaded with his murders not to hurt her son after having nothing to give them from her wallet. I don’t even go to the Redbox across the street without a gat. Why? Am I paranoid, angry, just looking for someone to shoot as some have claimed? Nope. I go everywhere with a gun because this is what young black males are capable of. Shooting a baby in the face for no apparent reason other than it popped into their head. Given the chance blacks will show no mercy even to the most vulnerable amongst us.

      • Max

        *Especially* to the most vulnerable among us.

  • Padrig

    Yeah that’s it. The “scourge of police violence” has sent people flocking to the gun stores to arm themselves.

  • RacialRay

    Its official. The only “person of color” who has never done the hands up nonsense is ol’ Mike Brown hisself.

  • CallahanAuto

    Dumb as a bag of hammers. They should have worn the hoodies for the full effect.

  • Atheist Realist

    these people seem to be impervious to the facts/truth.

  • MBlanc46

    I don’t know about any scourge of police violence, but there certainly is a scourge of black violence.

  • LHathaway

    I hope young men listen. I hope they put their hands up to police and say, ‘don’t shoot’.

  • See The Future

    White police should march until Wilson is returned to his job.

    I would love to see a few days without white police on the job.

    Whites would get a real awakening!

  • Vito Powers

    Leave it to blacks to minimize or completely ignore any transgressions done by a fellow black. Punching a cop in the face and robbing a convenience store (captured on camera no less) means absolutely nothing to blacks. The “hands up” narrative will be accepted as gospel fact for years to come. The mainstream media should be held accountable for reporting these “hands up” stunts without issuing a clarification, that there is no evidence that Brown ever had his hands up. In fact, why even dignify these stunts by reporting them as news?

    Time for boycotts of advertisers. A hit in revenue is the only thing these news outlets will understand.

  • Anubis13

    “Tired of police violence”, but not tired of the violence some in the black community wreak on others to include other blacks. That makes sense because there is more violence from the later than there is from the police having to protect themselves from these types of people. SMFH in amazement especially how high up this attitude goes with our gov….

  • RationaliseThis

    Remind me 0f what proportion of black youths get a cap in the ass from their own kind versus getting shot by cops or black-Hispanic-Jewish-whites?
    Is that data even recorded anymore?

  • Jake Frizzell

    There is a ‘scourge’ of police violence but ‘celebrating’ Mike Brown and Trayvon Martin do nothing for their credibility – their ‘handlers’ are well aware of this.

  • Michigan Patriot

    Black Caucus the last forty plus years ? Where is the spineless GOP to condemn and defund this hotbed of anti-Americanism ? Since the civil rights b.s. ; Whites have been victimized by racist laws from both congress & the corrupt courts. Sen. Barry Goldwater was right in condemning this hypocritical & unfair situation inflicted on mostly White Christians by LBJ & the rest of the Marxist democrats who ran the federal government at all levels then. Today is the accumulated result of his pogrom; leftist media ha never been broken -up by any anti-monopoly law suits; why Not ? They broke -up ATT and they weren’t thfreat to our country like the democratic traitors !

  • Guest

    muh dik

  • Ringo Lennon

    I hear Trayvon Martin’s family got millions. My question: who paid for this? We did! Whomever was responsible for this outrage should lose his testis.

  • Max

    Being right is not important to the story. Remember that Nidal Hasan Ft. Hood shooting incident? Gen. Casey – the highest ranking officer in the Army at the time said “Our diversity, not only in our army, but in our country is a strength. And as horrific as this tragedy was, if our diversity becomes a casualty, I think that’s worse.”

    So there you have it; people murdered and injured can not compare to the wonderful benefits of diversity.

  • Who Me?

    When is the Congressional White Caucus going to announce we have a “Scourge of negro violence in America”? Oh, wait…..

  • Fed Up

    No Black mother should be forced to fear for her son’s life while he is out on the streets — robbing stores and assaulting police officers!

    One question, puleeze: If this was a case of deliberate murder of an upstanding Black citizen, WHY did the panel, basing their decision on numerous witness statements, forensic evidence, etc., etc. etc. — VOTE to find Officer Wilson blameless of deliberately killing Brown?

    Oh, wait. Blacks don’t need evidence of any kind. They know instinctively Brown (gentle giant that he was) — neither robbed the store nor attacked the Officer. They can tell just by looking at those security cam videos — the store robbery was faked.

  • Earl P. Holt III


  • Realist

    Meritocracy is an idea. This country started out with limited Democracy….only land owning white men could vote.
    Democracy is one of the most corrupt forms of government. Unscrupulous politiians (can you imagine) will do anything for a vote.
    But this country will not change, it will continue down the crapper.

  • Paleoconn

    Th only thing broken about the criminal justice system is that blacks kill Whites, and we do nothing to protect our people.