Washington Post: ‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot’ One of Biggest Lies of 2015
Washington Post Fact Checker Glenn Kessler released his annual list of the biggest whoppers of the year, including the contention that Michael Brown was surrendering with his hands up when he was killed by a Ferguson police officer.
“This phrase became a rallying cry for protests after the fatal shooting of a black 18-year-old by a white police officer, Darren Wilson,” Kessler writes. “Witness accounts spread after the shooting that Brown had his hands raised in surrender, mouthing the words ‘Don’t shoot’ as his last words before being shot execution-style. Democratic lawmakers raised their hands in solidarity on the House floor.”
But, he notes, “various investigations concluded this did not happen—and that Wilson acted out of self-defense and was justified in killing Brown.” The Washington Post’s fact check of the claim earlier in March gave it “Four Pinocchios,” the lowest possible rating.
Donald Trump is the only subject with multiple appearances on the list, for claiming that saw thousands of Muslims celebrating the 9/11 attack in New Jersey, and that Obama was letting in 250,000 Syrian refugees, and that Mexico was forcing its rapists across the border. Other politicians making the list include Rand Paul, Hillary Clinton, Mike Huckabee, and Barack Obama.
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