An Arkansas running back combined politics with sports during Friday’s game with Missouri. Rather than spiking the ball, performing a hip-swiveling dance, or kneeling in prayer following his touchdown, he threw his hands up in the air signifying the “hands up, don’t shoot” battlecry of Ferguson, Mo. protesters who support slain teen Michael Brown.
The Washington Times reported:
During the first quarter of the game at Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri, Arkansas quarterback Brandon Allen threw a 23-yard touchdown pass to running back Jonathan Williams, who then put both hands in the air, mimicking demonstrators who turned the “hands up” saying into a rallying cry against excessive force against minorities by police.
It didn’t help. The Missouri Tigers beat the Razorbacks 21 to 14.
Not only did it not bring victory to Arkansas, but the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative has proven to be a big lie.
Much of both forensic and testimonial evidence presented to the St. Louis County grand jury hearing the case contradicted the original stories that Brown had his hands in the air in surrender when he was fatally shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9.
“It starts with a lie, it is a lie,” radio talk show host David Webb said on Fox News Channel’s “The Five” Friday, according to a post on his Facebook page. Webb poured over the evidence received by the grand jury and spent time in Ferguson interviewing witnesses.
“‘Hands up, don’t shoot’ is a lie perpetuated by Michael Brown’s accomplice in the robbery, Dorian Johnson,” he said.
The Associated Press reported Thursday:
Some witnesses said the 18-year-old had his hands held high toward the sky as Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson gunned him down. … Others thought they saw his hands partially raised, about shoulder high. To some witnesses, his palms appeared out, as if surrendering. To others, his palms seemed open, as if glancing at his wounded hand or gesturing with an attitude of ‘what are you going to do about it.’ Some said Brown’s hands weren’t raised at all,
Friday was the Razorbacks’ final game of the season, so Williams won’t have the opportunity to try a different pose for luck.