Expert: Autopsy Reveals Eyewitness Accounts That Brown Was Shot In Back Are ‘False’

 
Michael Brown is shown in his high school graduation in this undated file photo in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 11, 2014. People are upset because of the Ferguson police shooting and death of the unarmed Brown on Aug. 9, 2014. On Aug. 10, 2014, 20 businesses sustained damage after a candlelight vigil for Brown turned violent. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Michael Brown is shown in his high school graduation in this undated file photo in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 11, 2014. People are upset because of the Ferguson police shooting and death of the unarmed Brown on Aug. 9, 2014. On Aug. 10, 2014, 20 businesses sustained damage after a candlelight vigil for Brown turned violent. Photo: UPI/Bill Greenblatt

FERGUSON, Mo. (CBS St. Louis/AP) — A forensic science expert says that Dr. Michael Baden’s autopsy on 18-year-old Michael Brown shows that eyewitness accounts that the teen was shot in the back by a Ferguson police officer was false.

Baden’s autopsy revealed that the African-American teenager was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, The New York Times reported. Speaking to CBS News, Dr. Lawrence Koblinsky, a professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said that the biggest finding from this autopsy was the Brown was hit in the front, contradicting eyewitness accounts.

“That is the story of the eyewitness, the friend of Michael Brown, Dorian Johnson, was that Michael Brown had been running away from the vehicle and a shot was fired. That apparently is false,” Koblinsky told CBS News. “He was not shot in the back. What a pathologist does is look at entrance and exit wounds and it is clear that no shot was fired at his back.”

Johnson said that he and Brown were walking home from a convenience store when a police officer told them to get out of the street and onto the sidewalk. Johnson said they kept walking, which caused the officer to confront them from his car and again after getting out of the vehicle.

Johnson said the first time the officer fired, he and Brown got scared and ran away.

“He shot again, and once my friend felt that shot, he turned around and put his hands in the air, and he started to get down,” Johnson said. “But the officer still approached with his weapon drawn and fired several more shots.”

Baden, a former New York City chief medical examiner, told The New York Times that one of the bullets entered the top of Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when he suffered a fatal injury.

Koblinsky stated that there are two scenarios as to how one of the bullets entered Brown’s skull.

“If you picture the shooter shooting a weapon, perhaps holding it at chest level, the victim had to have his head facing downward. He was either falling and the shot was fired, or he was charging at the police officer and the shot was fired. That’s the only way you can get a trajectory like that that was described by Dr. Baden,” Koblinsky told CBS News.

Koblinsky added that the gun was at least two to three feet away from Brown at the time of the shooting.

Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a federal medical examiner to perform another autopsy on Brown.

The “extraordinary circumstances” surrounding Brown’s death and a request by his family prompted the Justice Department’s decision to conduct a third autopsy, agency spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement. The examination was to take place as soon as possible, Fallon said.

The results of a state-performed autopsy would be taken into account along with the federal examination in the Justice Department’s ongoing civil rights investigation, Fallon said.

The Justice Department already had deepened its investigation into the shooting. A day earlier, officials said 40 FBI agents were going door-to-door gathering information in the Ferguson neighborhood where Brown was shot to death Aug. 9.

A federally conducted autopsy “more closely focused on entry point of projectiles, defensive wounds and bruises” might help that investigation, said David Weinstein, a former federal prosecutor who supervised the criminal civil rights section of Miami’s U.S. attorney’s office.

Federal authorities also want to calm any public fears that no action will be taken on the case, Weinstein said.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Monday ordered the National Guard to Ferguson after another night in which police used tear gas to clear protesters off the streets well ahead of a curfew.

Nixon said the National Guard would help “in restoring peace and order” to Ferguson, where protests over the killing of Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson entered their second week. Police said they acted in response to gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails.

“These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served and to feel safe in their own homes,” Nixon said in a statement.

As night fell in Ferguson Sunday, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated and the streets were empty well before the midnight curfew.

“Based on the conditions, I had no alternative but to elevate the level of response,” said Capt. Ron Johnson of the Missouri Highway Patrol, who is in charge of security in Ferguson. At least two people were wounded in shootings by civilians, he said.

Sunday’s clashes in Ferguson erupted three hours before the curfew imposed by Nixon. Officers in riot gear ordered all the protesters to disperse, and many did, but about 100 stood about two blocks away until getting hit by another volley of tear gas.

Protesters laid a line of cinder blocks across the street in an apparent attempt to block police vehicles, which easily plowed through. Someone set a trash bin on fire, and the crackle of gunfire could be heard from several blocks away.

Within two hours, most people had been cleared off West Florissant Avenue, one of the community’s main thoroughfares. The streets remained quiet as the curfew began. It was to remain in effect until 5 a.m.

Earlier in the day, Johnson said he had met members of Brown’s family and the experience “brought tears to my eyes and shame to my heart.”

“When this is over,” he told the crowd, “I’m going to go in my son’s room. My black son, who wears his pants sagging, who wears his hat cocked to the side, got tattoos on his arms, but that’s my baby.”

Johnson added: “We all need to thank the Browns for Michael. Because Michael’s going to make it better for our sons to be better black men.”

The protests have been going on since Brown’s death heightened racial tensions between the predominantly black community and the mostly white Ferguson Police Department, leading to several run-ins between police and protesters and prompting Nixon to put the state highway patrol in charge of security.

Ferguson police waited six days to publicly reveal the name of the officer and documents alleging Brown robbed a convenience store shortly before he was killed. Police Chief Thomas Jackson said Wilson did not know Brown was a robbery suspect when he encountered him walking in the street with a friend.

Wilson has been on paid administrative leave since the shooting, and the department has refused to comment on his whereabouts. Associated Press reporters have been unable to contact him at any addresses or phone numbers listed under that name in the St. Louis area.

http://stlouis.cbslocal.com/2014/08/18/expert-autopsy-reveals-eyewitness-accounts-that-brown-was-shot-in-back-are-false/

 

These so-called “witnesses” should be held accountable, and charged for lying to police!

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