A witness in the Ferguson case involving the fatal shooting of Michael Brown has a very different account of what occurred.
Witnesses have been testifying in secret before a grand jury in the case of whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Brown.
A resident of Canfield, who claims he saw the killing of Brown from start to finish and spoke with the grand jury recently, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch his account of what occurred that day. The witness only agreed to the interview if his name was withheld.
Some of the recollections the witness had in the interview are:
• 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.
The witness is reported by The Blaze as being a black male.
The account given by the witness varies from other Ferguson residents, as they have claimed Brown’s hands were up in the air; Wilson first fired as Brown ran away from him; Wilson fired more when Brown turned to face him; and Brown was running from the officer the entire time.
Varying witness accounts is a common occurrence, and expected.
“It is entirely possible that multiple witnesses will recall different things,” said David Klinger, a University of Missouri-St. Louis criminologist. “That’s why it’s critical to wait and see what all the evidence shows.”
The witness claims there was a tussle between Brown and Wilson, and then a gun shot went off and Brown ran. When he stopped, the witness says he mumbled something and took a step towards Wilson.
“When he stepped foot on that street, the officer told him to stop again, and he fired three shots,” the witness recalled. “When he (Brown) got hit, he staggered like, ‘Oh,’ and his body moved. Then he looked down.
“His hands were up like this (he gestures with arms out to the side and palms upward), and he was looking at the officer and was coming toward him trying to keep his feet and stand up. The officer took a few steps back and yelled, ‘Stop,’ again, and Michael was trying to stay on his feet.
“He was 20 to 25 feet from officer, and after he started staggering, he (Wilson) let off four more rounds. As he was firing those last rounds, Michael was on his way down. We were thinking, ‘Oh my God, oh my God, brother, stop, stop.’ He was already on his way down when he fired those last shots.”
The witness said he believes Wilson is guilty of murder.
“It went from zero to 100 like that, in the blink of an eye. … What transpired to us, in my eyesight, was murder. Down outright murder,” he said.
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