Ferguson Update: Michael Brown’s Leaked Autopsy, Protests and More Arrests
Ferguson, Missouri is waiting as the St. Louis grand jury decides rather or not to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. A recent leak of Brown’s autopsy report to the media is said to support Wilson’s account of the incident. Wilson has been reported as stating that he “felt threatened by Brown.” Wilson also stated that he and Brown were struggling for the gun before the first shot was fired. Included with the leaked autopsy is a toxicology report that reveals Brown tested positive for Marijuana.
Behind the scenes the St. Louis grand jury is working on their January deadline to indict Wilson. Outside, though the crowds have dwindled in the cooler temperatures, there are still protestors in Ferguson leading demonstrations. On Monday, two arrests were made in a crowd outside the Ferguson Police Department. Missouri State Sen. Jamilah Nasheed along with a man named Jefonte Nelson were arrested after being asked to move out of the street “numerous times.” The crowd was more concerned with everyday protestors, those who have been giving both time and effort since that tragic day in August.
More details on the leaked autopsy report according to MSNBC.com:
The findings align closely with an autopsy performed at the request of Brown’s family in late August, indicating Brown had been shot at least six times and suffered wounds to the head, upper body, arm and hand. This latest report indicates Brown suffered six entry wounds and three exit wounds.
But there is one key difference in the two reports – a discrepancy that could likely shape the perception of the events that led to Wilson’s killing of Brown. The private autopsy, conducted by renowned forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden, found that Brown’s wounds, including a wound to his right hand, suggested Wilson had been one foot to 30 feet away when he shot Brown – a distance not considered close range.
This latest autopsy, conducted by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner, shows that the wound to Brown’s hand was inflicted at a much closer range. Those findings support Wilson’s narrative – gleaned by county investigators – that he had first shot Brown during a struggle at the officer’s vehicle when Brown reached for Wilson’s gun.
The Huffington Post on protests:
Many of them (demonstrators) are predicting widespread protests if the grand jury reviewing the case decides to acquit Wilson…
Many of the protesters told The Huffington Post they were not impressed with Nasheed’s arrest, which some described as a publicity stunt. “We may have to do civil disobedience within the next two to three weeks. We may have to do that,” Nasheed said upon her release from jail. She claimed that she wanted to send a message that people should not engage in violent protest. Yet Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said Nasheed had a 9 mm handgun on her when she was taken into custody.
When one minister with a megaphone tried to update the crowd about Nasheed’s arrest, he was interrupted by other protesters on the scene.
“We don’t care about Senator Nasheed. We care about the people that get arrested that have been out here every day,” a protester yelled.
Several members of the media were caught in the crossfire of the demonstrations: One local cameraman was confronted about what protesters said was inaccurate coverage of a prior protest outside the St. Louis Rams game on Sunday, and a CNN reporter was shouted down by protesters during a live shot.
What do you think? Does the leaked autopsy add credibility to Wilson’s case? What do you think will happen in Ferguson if Wilson is not indicted?