Outspoken conservative Sheriff David Clarke ripped the mainstream media narrative of “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” as “fake news” that eventually led to the shooting deaths of multiple police officers.
The Wisconsin law enforcement official, who’s been a strident defender of the Second Amendment and police, argued Thursday with lawyer Eric Guster on Fox News’ “Hannity,” saying that “fake news has a birthplace and a birthday — Aug. 9, 2014 — when this widely held false belief was propagated by the media.”
That was the day Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officers in Ferguson, Missouri, which resulted in months of protests, unrest and violence across America. The protesters’ “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” rallying cry was based on the belief that Brown had his hands up and his back turned when he was shot — but that claim was walked back in eyewitness testimony. Still many believe “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!” to this day, Clarke said, and it resulted in the shooting deaths of police officers.
“It changed America,” Clarke said. “This anti-police sentiment rose out of this. What I call the bastard child of ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!’ ‘Black Lives Matter’ grew out of this thing. It swept the country.”
Clarke blamed the media for pushing the false narrative, which proved costly: “We have dead cops because of that ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot!’ lie … people who were trying to avenge for the life of Mike Brown, who was a thug.”
Since Ferguson unfolded, multiple police officers across the country were victims of deadly ambushes, including in New York City, Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.