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Liberal Columnist Says “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” Was “Built On A Lie”

Submitted by on March 21, 2015 – 6:29 pmNo Comment

Washington Post columnist Jonathan Capeheart wrote this week that he was mistaken when he supported the belief that shooting victim Michael Brown was shot by police while surrendering with his hands up. Capeheart wrote that the recently released Department of Justice report on the incident shows that Brown did try to grab Officer Darren Wilson‘s gun through the car window, and was shot at close range, not at a distance with his hands over his head.

“What DOJ found made me ill. Wilson knew about the theft of the cigarillos from the convenience store and had a description of the suspects. Brown fought with the officer and tried to take his gun. And the popular hands-up storyline, which isn’t corroborated by ballistic and DNA evidence and multiple witness statements, was perpetuated by Witness 101. In fact, just about everything said to the media by Witness 101, whom we all know as Dorian Johnson, the friend with Brown that day, was not supported by the evidence and other witness statements.”

However, Capeheart also emphasized that a second DOJ report confirmed the existence of systematic racism throughout the Ferguson criminal justice system; and that the movement surrounding Brown’s death addresses a real problem of police brutality, especially against young men of color, including Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and many others.

“But we must never allow ourselves to march under the banner of a false narrative on behalf of someone who would otherwise offend our sense of right and wrong,” he writes.

Since the article came out, Capeheart says he has been the subject of racially-charged taunts and critiques.

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