On CNN, Van Jones Admits 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' is 'Not Provable'

Matthew Balan | March 6, 2015
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[More in the cross-post on the MRC's NewsBusters blog.]

From the 6 March 2015 edition of CNN's Anderson Cooper 360:

ANDERSON COOPER: Van, the fact that the Justice Department report said the narrative that Michael Brown had his hands up wasn't accurate – that 'hands up, don't shoot' – that chant that we heard constantly – from all evidence, that was not true. That did not happen. Isn't it important to acknowledge that?

VAN JONES, FORMER SPECIAL ADVISER TO OBAMA W.H.: Well, listen, I think it's important to acknowledge that some things are possible, and some things are provable. It is certainly not provable that Mike Brown had his hands up. And I think it's important for people who care about facts to – to be willing to talk about that in a straightforward manner.

We'll never know what happened. Something strange happened. You did have that video of those construction workers who were white and watching. They put their hands up after the shooting, and said something happened that was wrong.

But much more importantly, this thing was about Mike Brown for about two weeks. After that, it became a cry of a generation that feels that it is criminalized and guilty until it's proven innocent, rather than innocent until proven guilty, all too often. And so, it became a rallying cry for a generation of people trying to say – look, we can be innocent. Just because we have black skin doesn't mean you should assume that we are guilty. Ninety percent of all African-Americans are not involved in crime as victims or as – as perpetrators. And so, I think it was a generational cry that we can be innocent. But I do think we have to deal with the facts. In this case, the facts don't bear out what many people feared.