Here’s a completely different accounting of what happened the night Michael Brown was shot, as reported by the St. Louis Dispatch, from a witness who recently gave his testimony to the Ferguson grand jury:
A stream of eyewitnesses has been testifying in secret before a grand jury considering whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown near the Canfield Green apartments in Ferguson.
One Canfield resident — who said he saw the killing of Brown from start to finish and talked to the grand jury recently — has given the Post-Dispatch an account with some key differences from previous public statements from other witnesses.
Among the recollections of the witness, who agreed to an interview on the condition that his name not be used, were:
- After an initial scuffle in the car, the officer did not fire until Brown turned back toward him.
- Brown put his arms out to his sides but never raised his hands high.
- Brown staggered toward Wilson despite commands to stop.
- The two were about 20 to 25 feet apart when the last shots were fired.
- He would not detail what he told the grand jury but said the members seemed fair and asked a lot of questions.
Well there you go. But this won’t matter much to the people who just want their pound of white flesh.