The Washington Post

Evidence supports officer’s account of shooting in Ferguson
The Washington Post

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown fought for control of the officer’s gun, and Wilson fatally shot the unarmed teenager after he moved toward the officer as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body.

Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post.

Some of the physical evidence — including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests — also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, The Post’s sources said, which casts Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer’s life. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity because they are prohibited from publicly discussing the case.

Experts told the newspaper that Brown was first shot at close range and may have been reaching for Wilson’s weapon while the officer was still in his vehicle and Brown was standing at the driver’s side window. The autopsy found material “consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm” in a wound on Brown’s thumb, the autopsy says.

Au moment de l’incident, même si très peu d’information était disponible, les médias ont fait croire à la population que la mort de Michael Brown était un geste raciste. Ces allégations avaient incité les casseurs à se livrer à des émeutes et aux pillages.

Quelques semaines plus tard, on apprend que l’incident n’avait rien de raciste et que le policier a probablement agi en légitime défense. Par contre, ce nouveau développement n’a pas fait couler beaucoup d’encre dans les médias…