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Like Vox said, the “Hands up, don’t shoot” images defined the protests over the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo.
It was one of the “only sure facts” about the shooting, liberal CNN contributor Sally Kohn said. “Mike Brown was unarmed and fleeing with hands up.”
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Melinek also said the autopsy did not support witnesses who have claimed Brown was shot while running away from Wilson, or with his hands up.
She said Brown was facing Wilson when Brown took a shot to the forehead, two shots to the chest and a shot to the upper right arm. The wound to the top of Brown’s head would indicate he was falling forward or in a lunging position toward the shooter; the shot was instantly fatal.
A sixth shot that hit the forearm traveled from the back of the arm to the inner arm, which means Brown’s palms could not have been facing Wilson, as some witnesses have said, Melinek said. That trajectory shows Brown probably was not taking a standard surrender position with arms above the shoulders and palms out when he was hit, she said.”
To celebrate the debunking of the summer’s most popular anti-cop meme, here are 30 photos of pro-Michael Brown protesters doing their “hands up, don’t shoot” thing: