U.S. Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) has decided to make her own radical statement on the police, stirring racial tensions, by inviting Michael Brown Sr. to President Biden’s State of the Union, once again attempting to assert that the shooting of a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri in 2014 was somehow unwarranted.
Michael Brown’s death engendered the mantra on the left of “Hands up, don’t shoot!” It was later reported that Brown never actually said those words but that didn’t stop Black Lives Matter activists such as Cori Bush from claiming that he did and using it to incite violence. They claimed that he peacefully surrendered to Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson before being shot and killed, which also wasn’t true.
What actually happened according to the Justice Department, led at the time by Eric Holder, was that Brown, who was 6-foot-4 and weighed almost 300 lbs., violently attacked Wilson and then tried to take his weapon, forcing the officer to shoot him in self-defense.
Brown was a suspect in the robbery of a local convenience store, which was captured on surveillance tape. That is what prompted Wilson to stop him. The officer was not charged in the incident.
Cori Bush got her start in politics by violently protesting in Ferguson, MO after Michael Brown died trying to disarm a police officer.
Cori Bush fashioned her political career around Black Lives Matter and Defund the Police.
And she shuns blacks who don’t think like her.
— Art Goodrich (@ArtGoodrich) January 4, 2023
Violent protests broke out across the nation following what was determined to be a justified shooting.
All of that is now being resurrected by Bush trotting out Michael Brown Sr. during the SOTU, according to Politico Playbook which reported on it Monday.
“The police killing of Michael Brown in 2014 is what propelled me and many others into lives dedicated to building a world where Mike would still be here with us — a world where his life could not be taken from him,” Bush told Politico and then recounted the recent police killing of Tyre Nichols in Memphis. “A world where Tyre Nichols and the thousands of other black people killed by police could live long, healthy lives full of joy.”
No one should be surprised at all by how stupid Cori Bush's statement is. She is in congress because she got famous lying about the Michael Brown case. She's a race hustler 1st & foremost
— Sean Fitzgerald (Actual Justice Warrior) (@IamSean90) January 28, 2023
“To my colleagues in Congress: how many more people have to die at the hands of police for you to join our push for an unequivocal, affirmative public safety agenda that saves lives?”
My full statement on the police killing of Tyre Nichols ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/bFKhsKTdc0
— Congresswoman Cori Bush (@RepCori) January 28, 2023
Five black police officers beat Nichols, who was a 29-year-old black man, in Memphis, Tennessee after a traffic stop. He died three days later in the hospital from the beating. A sixth officer has been fired. So have three EMTs who reportedly failed to treat Nichols properly after the beating.
The death of Nichols has revived the call on the left to defund the police in the name of reform. Thousands took to the streets across the nation clamoring for racial justice despite the fact that the officers were black that were involved. This time, the violence was not so pronounced as it was with Brown.
Nichols’ parents are also being put on display at Biden’s State of the Union on Tuesday at the invitation of Rep. Steven Horsford (D-Nev.). He is the chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus.
The president met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus last week according to The Hill. He is calling on Congress to pass a police reform bill, which will most likely be part of his State of the Union speech on Tuesday. The bill would have to pass in the House and the Senate and is unlikely to do so.
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