Don Lemon has been making headlines quite a bit lately for his most recent arguments. Now, his latest argument has many viewers questioning whether or not his claims could be true.
During a recent discussion with former police officer David Klinger and New Orleans Saints tight end Benjamin Watson, the CNN anchor shared his perspective of the racially charged controversy surrounding the recent deaths of unarmed black men killed by white police officers. Lemon posed a question in regards to Michael Brown’s alleged actions prior to his death. He used the recent debacle with the St. Louis Rams as an example of how many have used the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative for the wrong reasons.
According to NewsBusters, extensive forensic evidence indicated 18-year-old Brown was not standing still, nor did he have his hands up at the time of the fatal shooting. As a matter of fact, all of the reports actually revealed Brown was reportedly charging back toward officer Darren Wilson.
However, it is still unclear if Wilson’s actions justify his use of deadly force. But, now Lemon is questioning the actions of Ferguson protestors where the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture is concerned. He wonders if the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative is being used by protestors and rioters who are looking to justify their own hidden agendas.
Klinger also stated that he personally feels many have forgotten the purpose of protesting, which is the concern of police brutality and questionable practices of law enforcement. Watson also agreed that many people may be supporting the gesture for the wrong reasons.
“The reason that many are surprised that there was no disciplinary action taken, because, basically … that the forensic evidence that came out of this grand jury — out of all the information that was released — the evidence is refuting the hands up — that he had his hands up. So the question is, this ‘hands up’ rallying cry has — is it a false narrative that people are using to fit their own agenda?”
Do you feel the “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture is being used for the wrong reasons? Share your thoughts.
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