Of all the lies told about the Ferguson, Missouri shooting of Michael Brown by Police Officer Darren Wilson the worst has to be "hands up, don't shoot." That slogan and the image of protesters with their hands up covered the world and gave the instant impression of guilt on the part of Officer Wilson. It was all a lie.
Immediately following the shooting the news media and accomplices in race relations like Al Sharpton latched onto the lie and never gave other evidence and testimony any credence. Now, from the Department of Justice report which interviewed dozens of witnesses we learn that many who reported the truth felt threatened and refused to come forward out of fear:
Witness 108 is a 74-year-old black man. He told a detective he had seen the shooting and that officer Wilson was “in the right.” However Witness 108 refused to identify himself or give a formal interview out of “fear of reprisal should the Canfield Drive neighborhood find out that his account corroborated Wilson.” Witness 108 was tracked down two times by investigators after the initial canvass of witnesses. On both occasions he refused to give a formal interview. On the second occasion, he cited, “community sentiment to support a ‘hands up’ surrender narrative as his reason to remain silent.” He was subpoenaed but said he would go to jail before he would testify in support of officer Wilson.The above is just one example of many who expressed real fear and went to some lengths to avoid speaking to investigators or testifying in judicial proceedings.
The bottom line is that "hands up, don't shoot" was a giant lie. The Department of Justice report concludes:
Wilson’s version is further supported by disinterested eyewitnesses Witness 102, Witness 104, Witness 105, Witness 108, and Witness 109, among others. These witnesses all agree that Brown ran or charged toward Wilson and that Wilson shot at Brown only as Brown moved toward him. Although some of the witnesses stated that Brown briefly had his hands up or out at about waist-level, none of these witnesses perceived Brown to be attempting to surrender at any point when Wilson fired upon him. To the contrary, several of these witnesses stated that they would have felt threatened by Brown and would have responded in the same way Wilson did.Finally:
[T]here is no credible evidence that Wilson willfully shot Brown as he was attempting to surrender or was otherwise not posing a threat.This report is stunning, as it was produced by Eric Holder's Justice Department and the Obama Administration which sent three official representatives to Mike Brown's funeral (but none to Margaret Thatchers). But the report leaves two unanswered questions:
Wilson’s account of Brown’s actions,if true, would establish that the shootings were not objectively unreasonable under the relevant Constitutional standards governing an officer’s use of deadly force. Multiple credible witnesses corroborate virtually every material aspect of Wilson’s account and are consistent with the physical evidence.
1. When will Dorian Johnson (witness 101) and Mike Brown's accomplice in convenience store robbery be prosecuted for lying to police?
2. When will the news media officially issue retractions and corrections for their faulty reporting?
I won't hold my breath waiting for either to happen. One thing I know for sure, the next time a black man gets shot by a white cop we can expect the same race machine to play this movie over again. That's what they do!