Following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, details of the officer’s personal testimony are starting to emerge.
Since the incident, which occurred in early August, a grand jury has been privy to revealing testimony by Wilson about what happened on the day in question. According to his own account, Wilson claimed that his altercation with Michael Brown left him fearing for his life and ultimately lead him to the decision to shoot him six times.
Wilson claims that during a physical altercation at his car, Brown allegedly taunted him and said, “You’re too much of a f**king pu**y to shoot me!” Wilson also says that during the struggle, he felt overpowered by Brown, who was significantly taller and heavier.
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“When I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five-year-old holding Hulk Hogan,” Wilson reportedly said in his testimony, going on to describe how he ultimately shot Brown six times. “One of those, however many of them, hit him in the head, and he went down right there.”
“I was yelling at him to stop and get on the ground. He kept running and then he stopped in this area somewhere,” Wilson described. “When he stopped he turned, looked at me, made a grunting noise and had the most intense aggressive face I’ve ever seen on a person. When he looked at me he then did like the hop...you know when people do to start running. And he started running at me. During his first stride he took his right hand and put it under his shirt and into his waistband. And I ordered him to stop and get on the ground again. He didn’t.”
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“I fired, a, multiple shots,” Wilson continued. ”After I fired the multiple shots I paused for a second, yelled at him to get on the ground again, he was still in the same state. Still charging hands, still in his waistband, still hadn’t slowed down. I fired another set of shots. Same thing, still running at me, hadn’t slowed down, hands still in his waistband. He gets about eight to ten feet away, he’s still coming at me in the same way. One of those, however many of them, hit him in the head, and he went down right there. When he went down his hand was still under his, his right hand was still under his body, looked like it was still in his waistband. I never touched him. I don’t really know how to describe it. Um, he turns, I look at his face. It was just like intense. It was. I’ve never seen anybody look like that, for lack of a better words, crazy.”
Ultimately, Brown wound up shot six times after Wilson fired 12 rounds at the teen from 153 feet away, and for over four hours, the 18-year-old, who was unarmed, laid in the middle of the street, dead.
In addition to his personal testimony, photos of Wilson after the incident were released publicly and showed the extent of his injuries, which he says caused him to fear for his life. In the photos, which are shown above, there are some minor red marks on the officer’s face.
As more chilling details start to come out about what may have happened the day Michael Brown was killed, people all over the country are reacting with anger and frustration over the grand jury’s decision not to indict Wilson and charge him criminally. In the announcement, St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch maintained that the jury looked at all pieces of evidence and listened to all testimony thoroughly before making their decision.
Read the full transcript from the grand jury proceedings here.