BLOCKBUSTER EYEWITNESS: Mike Brown Was Killed RUNNING AT THE POLICE OFFICER
The first story we heard about what happened in Ferguson was that after a struggle over a police officer’s gun, Mike Brown surrendered with his hands up and was shot to death. Certainly, if that were what happened, the officer involved would deserve to go to jail.
However, the officer’s story was apparently somewhat different. After a struggle for his gun, he said he pursued Brown, Brown turned and ran at him and the officer shot Brown to death. Given Brown’s size, aggression and his alleged attempt to wrestle the gun away from the officer, that would have been a justified shooting.
Intriguingly, there is now someone on the background of a video of Brown’s dead body, telling a tale that seems to back up the officer’s story.
@6:28/6:29 of video
#1 How’d he get from there to there?
#2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck — cause he was like over the truck
#2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran — the police got out and ran after him
#2 Then the next thing I know: he doubled back toward him cus: – the police had his gun drawn already on him —
[there is dispute here whether he says “doubled back” or “coming back.”]
#1. Oh, the police got his gun
#2 The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing — he like — be like —: but he kept coming toward him
#2 Police fired shots — the next thing I know — the police was missing
#1 The Police?
#2 The Police shot him
#2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about: “he took it from him”)
This is terribly important because if Mike Brown had been shot, and he advanced towards the cop instead of surrendering, it would substantiate the narrative that the policeman shot in self-defense due to the fact that he was being threatened with severe bodily harm. This corroborates an account of the event given by a friend of: Officer Darren Wilson:
Well, then Michael takes off and gets to be about 35 feet away. And, Darren’s first protocol is to pursue. So, he stands up and yells, “Freeze!” Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him…: And then all the sudden he just started bumrushing him. He just started coming at him full speed.: And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something.”
In cases like this, it’s not unusual for the original story that gets everyone excited to turn out to be wrong. Is that the case here? Given that there are conflicting eyewitness stories, we can’t say for sure yet, but at this point we certainly have to at least acknowledge the possibility that the officer who shot Mike Brown was justified in doing so.