Saturday, December 13, 2014

Congressional Staffers Stage "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" Demonstration

On Thursday a couple hundred employees of the House of Representatives, and about six US Representatives, staged a "Hands up, don't shoot" protest on the Capitol steps in support of the Ferguson, Missouri, protesters. Apparently federal employees and elected officials are continuing to perpetuate the lie that is "Hands up, don't shoot."

The story that Michael Brown had surrendered to Officer Wilson with his hands up has been proved to be a fabrication. Yet it continues to be the meme of protesters nation wide. It somehow changed from being the lie told about Michael Brown to the rallying cry of those who continue to make police shootings of black suspects about race and race only.

Encouraged by President Obama and Eric Holder, protesters nationwide are still telling people that Michael Brown had his hands up when he was shot - even though every shred of evidence and reliable eyewitness testimony proved otherwise.

So now we have federal employees walking off the job to stand on the capitol steps with their hands raised. Since my tax dollars are paying their salaries I can't help but wonder if they all too Annual Leave to go out there and make their statement? And my tax dollars pay the representatives as well. You can be sure they didn't take paid time off to do this.

I read an article this morning about a St. Louis, Missouri, police officer who is going to be disciplined for wearing Darren Wilson's name on his sleeve while he was on duty babysitting monitoring protesters during what they called a "holiday themed march to city hall."

One or more of the protesters complained to the Chief of Police about the officer displaying the name of Officer Wilson, the man who was exonerated of any and all wrongdoing in the Michael Brown shooting.

From the article:  "It shows whose side he’s on,” one of the protesters explained. “I clench my fist. I want to attack, like they want to attack us. I know damn well they know Darren Wilson wasn’t attacking in self-defense. Darren Wilson had an option to Mace him. But he got to shoot.”

The protester's statement shows either his ignorance or his flat out refusal to accept the truth. And now he and people like him have the backing of people in the House of Representatives!

More from the article: 'Chief Sam Dotson said that the officer violated policies and will be disciplined.

“I couldn’t be more disappointed,” Dotson said. “We spend a lot of time working on professionalism and building a bridge in the community.”

Building a bridge is fine but do you and your officers have to live in a lie to do it?

And one more quote: "Jeff Roorda, business manager for the St. Louis Police Officers’ Association, spoke out in support of the unnamed officer

“For months, the U.S. Department of Justice has been calling violent protests where officers were shot at and had Molotov cocktails thrown at them ‘constitutionally protected exercises of freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of expression," Roorda said.

“Now a police officer does nothing more than wear another officer’s name on his sleeve, an officer who has been exonerated of any wrongdoing, and is being told that his passive statement is constitutionally prohibited free speech. There is something wrong with this picture.”

It seems some in our government are bowing to the protesters at the expense of the truth. It's a sad state of events in this country when lies and a mob mentality win out over truth - particularly when the former is supported by our government officials - even those at the top.

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