The “hands up, don’t shoot” gesture and slogan have become something of a symbol for those protesting and rioting in Ferguson and around the country.
Unfortunately for them, autopsy reports and eyewitness accounts have debunked and disproven the myth that Mike Brown had his hands up in a gesture of surrender when he was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson.
But some people refuse to let facts get in the way of a catchy slogan, so the “hands up, don’t shoot” meme has been adopted and displayed by everyone from Congressmen to football players.
It is the football players, specifically five players from the St. Louis Rams, who displayed the “hands up” gesture before a recent game, that has drawn the ire of legendary NFL coachMike Ditka, according to the Washington Times.
The famous former player, Hall of Famer, and coach for the Chicago Bears told the Chicago Sun-Times that he thinks it is “a shame” how things have occurred in Ferguson since the announcement of the grand jury decision to not indict Officer Wilson.
“I understand what the Rams’ take on this was. I’m embarrassed for the players more than anything. They want to take a political stand on this? Well, there are a lot of other things that have happened in our society that people have not stood up and disagreed about,” said coach Ditka.
He also said that while he doesn’t know exactly everything that happened that fateful day, he doesn’t think that stripping the police of tools they may need to help fight crime will help make anything better.
“What do you do if someone pulls a gun on you or is robbing a store, and you stop them? I don’t want to hear about this hands-up crap. That’s not what happened. I don’t know exactly what did happen, but I know that’s not what happened. This policeman’s life is ruined. Why? Because we have to break somebody down. Because we have to even out the game. I don’t know. I don’t get it. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned,” he said.
Don’t worry coach, you aren’t alone. There are a lot of us “old-fashioned” people who feel the same way.
Courtesy of Conservative Tribune