On Monday night, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, initiated the symbol of “Hands up; don’t shoot” which has come to represent the fractured relationship between law enforcement and the public at large – particularly African-American men.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) December 2, 2014
Jeffries seized the opportunity to draw much needed attention to the glaringly potent issue while addressing Congress from the floor of the house. He demonstrated his alliance with the protesters in Ferguson by readily putting his hands up and accompanying his gesture with a statement explaining his actions, “People are fed up all across America because of the injustice involved in continuing to see young, unarmed African-American men killed as a result of a gunshot fired by a law enforcement officer”. “People are fed up”. “This is a problem that Congress can’t run from”.
Jeffries passionate plea was played out during a series hosted by the Congressional Black Caucus – a group made up of black members of Congress who have voiced their disapproval of the decision not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer responsible for the shooting death of Michael Brown that occurred in Ferguson, MO.
Other’s echoed Jeffries cry for justice including Rep. Marcia Fudge from Ohio, “we must first acknowledge that we have a race issue we are not addressing”.