Bad News For Darren Wilson: More Witnesses Recall Michael Brown Shooting
Some of the claims by witnesses of Michael Brown’s fatal shooting by a Ferguson police officer were of the cop chasing the unarmed teen on foot and shooting him as he ran away, just before firing a barrage of fatal shots after Brown had turned around with his hands up.
[su_center_ad]Hence, the ‘Don’t shoot, hands up’ protests.
Most of those claims came from people that lived near Michael Brown, but there are also two outsiders who were working outside at the apartment complex on Aug. 9th — two men who heard a single gunshot, looked up from their work, then witnessed the shooting. Their stories of what happened on that day, matches other eyewitness accounts.
One of the men agreed to share his account with a Post-Dispatch reporter on the condition that his name and employer not be used.
The worker, who has not previously spoken with reporters, said he did not see what happened at the officer’s car — where Wilson and Brown engaged in an initial struggle and a shot was fired from Wilson’s gun.
His account largely matches those who reported that Wilson chased Brown on foot away from the car after the initial gunshot and fired at least one more shot in the direction of Brown as he was fleeing; that Brown stopped, turned around and put his hands up; and that the officer killed Brown in a barrage of gunfire.
But his account does little to clarify perhaps the most critical moment of the confrontation, on which members of the grand jury in St. Louis County may focus to determine whether the officer was justified in using lethal force: whether Brown moved toward Wilson just before the fatal shots, and if he did, how aggressively.
The devil is in the details. Another worker recalls the shooting.
About a half-hour later, the worker heard a gunshot. Then he saw Brown running away from a police car. Wilson trailed about 10 to 15 feet behind, gun in hand. About 90 feet away from the car, the worker said, Wilson fired another shot at Brown, whose back was turned.
The worker said Brown stumbled and then stopped, put his hands up, turned around and said, “OK, OK, OK, OK, OK.” He said he told investigators from the St. Louis County police and the FBI that because of the stumble, it seemed to him that Brown had been wounded….
Wilson, gun drawn, also stopped about 10 feet in front of Brown, the worker said.
Then Brown moved, the worker said. “He’s kind of walking back toward the cop.” He said Brown’s hands were still up.
The worker said that Wilson began backing up as he fired.
Brown’s hands started going down after the third shot, then he moved about 25 feet toward Wilson, who kept backing away and firing.
According to that worker who witnessed the shooting from about 30 feet away, he couldn’t tell if Brown’s motion toward Wilson after the shots was “a stumble to the ground” or “OK, I’m going to get you, you’re already shooting me.”
The paper notes that Dorian Johnson, a friend of Brown’s, said he was walking with him when Wilson approached them on Canfield and told them to get off the street. Then Brown started “to tell the officer he was unarmed and to tell him to stop shooting.” According to Johnson, Brown had begun to get down when the officer shot him.
Johnson also told MSNBC that Wilson began shooting before Brown “could get his last words out.”
Another witness who lives nearby, Michael T. Brady, 32, told CNN that Brown turned with his hands under his stomach. He also said Brown took one or two steps toward Wilson as he was going down when Wilson fired three or four more times.
Piaget Crenshaw, who lives in the Canfield apartments, and Tiffany Mitchell, her boss, were in different places in the complex. Crenshaw told CNN that Brown didn’t move toward Wilson. In several statements to reporters, neither has mentioned Brown moving toward Wilson….
Phillip Walker, 40, another Canfield Green resident, told the Post-Dispatch on Tuesday that Brown was walking at a steady pace toward Wilson, with his hands up. “Not quickly,” Walker said. “He did not rush the officer.” Walker, who is distantly related to a Post-Dispatch reporter not involved in this report, said the last shot, into the top of Brown’s head, was from about 4 feet away.
“It wasn’t justified because he didn’t pose no threat to the officer. I don’t understand why he didn’t Tase him if he deemed him to be hostile. He didn’t have no weapon on him. I was confused on why he was shooting his rounds off like that into this individual,” Walker said.
There are other accounts which are detailed in the Dispatch’s article.
The worker interviewed by the paper disputed claims by Darren Wilson’s defenders that Brown was running full speed at the officer.
“I don’t know if he was going after him or if he was falling down to die,” he said. “It wasn’t a bull rush.” That incident report which Darren Wilson was required to fill out would have come in really handy right now.
According to the autopsy,the 18-year-old was shot at least six times, including twice in the head. On recordings, at least 10 shots can be heard which were fired at Michael Brown.
H/T; Friend of LL, Edward Meyer, with thanks.