Although it has been factually established that Michael Brown never uttered the phrase “Hands up!!! Don’t shoot!!!” there will be always be those who are impervious to reason.
Exhibit #A would be Cristian Farias in this piece he wrote a couple of days ago in The New Republic titled “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot Was Not Based on a Lie”:
But the (DOJ) report does not equal justice. It is largely advisory. It can’t be challenged anywhere. And it ultimately proves nothing about the Ferguson case or its larger meaning in an ongoing national movement. The Supreme Court or a trial court may never get to address Ferguson, but everything about it will continue to be, to borrow Justice Douglas’ words, “a shocking and revolting episode in law enforcement.” Because Ferguson stands for that and so much more, protesters have every right to keep on marching, with their hands up, for as long as there’s neither justice nor peace.
Farias argues that the DOJ report confirming the facts found by the grand jury convened by St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch is meaningless because there was no trial for former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. But surely Farias, who is an attorney, is aware that not every case that comes before a grand jury is going to result in an indictment. Of course, even if Wilson had stood trial and had been acquitted would Farias and the Ferguson protesters have been satisfied? Absolutely not. If that had come to pass then surely Farias would argue that Wilson’s acquittal would “prove nothing” in the “larger meaning in an ongoing national movement”.
Farias and the Ferguson protesters aren’t interested in the truth much less justice or peace. What they are interested in is pillorying the police and having Darren Wilson’s head on a stick.