13 Facts About Ferguson That Destroy Supporter’s Narrative.
Before you pass judgment on the issues at hand in Ferguson, take a look at the following thirteen facts compiled by Malcolm Innerarity and then take a moment to think what your decision would have been had you been on the grand jury reviewing the case against Officer Wilson. Isn’t it ironic that the so-called “eye witnesses” could not agree on what they “saw”? Isn’t it odd that many of them changed their stories?
- Surveillance video showed that shortly before the confrontation, 18-year-old Brown stole cigarillos from a convenience store and shoved a clerk who tried to stop him.
- The autopsy report showed that Brown had marijuana in his system when he died.
- Officer Wilson, driving to the call of a medical emergency, first encountered Brown walking in the middle of a street and told Brown and his friend to walk on the sidewalk. Brown responded with an expletive.
- Wilson chose to confront Brown only after he saw the cigarillos in his hand and recalled the radio report of a robbery at the convenience store.
- Wilson said when he tried to open his car door, Brown slammed it back shut, then punched Wilson in the face.
- Fearing another punch could knock him out, Wilson drew his gun, he told the grand jury, and Brown grabbed the gun, saying “you are too much of a pussy to shoot me.”
- An African-American witness confirmed that Brown and Wilson appeared to be “arm-wrestling” by the car.
- Another witness saw Brown leaning through the car’s window and said “some sort of confrontation was taking place.”
- After Wilson fired a shot that struck Brown’s hand, Brown fled and Wilson gave chase. Brown suddenly stopped. An unidentified witness told the grand jury that 6-foot-4, 292-pound Brown charged at Wilson with his head down. Wilson said Brown put his hand under the waistband of his pants as he continued toward Wilson. That’s when Wilson fired.
- A witness testified that Brown never raised his hands.
- Gunpowder found on the wound on Brown’s hand indicated his hand was close to the gun when it fired. According to a report, the hand wound showed foreign matter “consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm.”
- Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist who reviewed the autopsy for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, said the gunpowder “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has particulate matter in the wound.”
- Wilson said Brown was physically uncontrollable and “for lack of a better word, crazy.” He said that during the confrontation, he was thinking: “He’s gonna kill me. How do I survive?” Legal experts say police officers typically have wide latitude to use deadly force when they feel their safety is threatened.