NEW YORK (CBS St. Louis) – MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough railed against St. Louis Rams players and Democratic Congress members for doing the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture Ferguson protesters have been using following the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown.
Prior to Sunday’s game against the Oakland Raiders, five Rams players — Jared Cook, Kenny Britt, Chris Givens, Stedman Bailey and Tavon Austin — took to the field doing the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture which rankled the St. Louis Police Officers Association, demanding an apology from the team.
On the House floor Monday, Democratic Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Yvette Clarke of New York, and Al Green and Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, also performed the gesture.
“Hands up, don’t shoot. It’s a rallying cry of people all across America who are fed up with police violence,” Jeffries said.
Scarborough, a former Republican congressman from Florida, slammed the gestures, calling it a lie after some witnesses told the grand jury that Brown was charging after Ferguson officer Darren Wilson and that evidence showed that Brown and Wilson had a struggle inside the police car.
“These players can suggest that the St. Louis cops shoot black youth with their hands up in the air? That’s cool with the NFL? That’s cool with the St. Louis Rams?” Scarborough questioned, adding that many police officers in St. Louis are fans of the football team.
“It’s a lie. And what was that gesture on Capitol Hill? More people like going, ‘It doesn’t matter whether it’s the truth or not, I’m going to suggest that cops shoot people with their hands up in the air.’ What is wrong with this country? What is wrong with these people? What’s wrong with these elected officials? They know it’s a lie. They know the cops didn’t shoot him with his hands in the air. They know it’s a lie and they are doing this on the Capitol floor?”
Scarborough quipped the gesture “would really be moving if that was the truth.”
“It’s not the truth and you know it’s not the truth. And you’re going on the House floor suggesting that police officers – who put their lives on the line – are shooting people with their hands in the air when you know it’s a lie? What’s wrong with you?”
The NFL said the Rams players would not be disciplined. Scarborough called it “unbelievable” that they would not be punished.
A grand jury decided not to indict Wilson in Brown’s shooting death last week.
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