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Police Version of Fatal Shooting of Michael Brown Differs Wildly From Eyewitness Accounts

 

Mike Brown

Mike Brown

As the nation’s eyes turn to the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson and many African-Americans find themselves dismayed by yet another Black man slain by police, the description of the encounter that resulted in the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown released by St. Louis County police differs dramatically from eyewitness accounts.

While media stories focused on the looting and angry demonstrations that occurred on Sunday night in Ferguson in the aftermath of the Saturday afternoon slaying, many observers were perplexed by the somewhat implausible story recounted by St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar.

Belmar said the 18-year-old Brown, who was due to start classes next week at Vatterott College and was spending the summer with his grandmother, was walking in the middle of the street with a friend when a police officer pulled up next to the pair. But as the officer attempted to exit his vehicle, Brown suddenly pushed the officer back in his car and tried to take the officer’s weapon. A shot was fired inside the police car as the two struggled, according to Belmar, then the officer and the teenager got out of the car, and the officer shot Brown “more than just a couple of times.”

Belmar said the location of the scene extends roughly 35 feet from where the police car was parked to where the fatal shooting took place. Investigators found the shell casings that matched the officer’s weapon. Belmar said toxicology reports could take six weeks.

Police cars in Ferguson are not equipped with recording devices. The unidentified officer, a veteran of six years on the force, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

But Belmar’s story differs wildly from eyewitness accounts.

This is what Dorin Johnson, the friend who was walking with Brown, told Fox 2 News:

Johnson said he was walking in the street with Brown when the police squad car pulled up and the officer told them to “Get the eff onto the sidewalk.”

The two didn’t comply. Johnson said they told the officer, “It was not but a minute from our destination and we would be off the street.”

Ferguson Mayor James Knowles said, “We don’t know what happened, and there are lots of conflicting stories. Unfortunately, there will have to be some time taken to understand what happened. Hopefully, we will get to an understanding, and justice will be served.”

The FBI is reportedly assisting in the investigation, while U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has already instructed the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to monitor the case.

Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, told the AP that she would like to see the officer who killed her son “go to jail with the death penalty.”

After the shooting, Louis Head, Brown’s stepfather, carried a sign that said, “Ferguson police just executed my unarmed son!!!”

The family has retained the counsel of Benjamin Crump, the lawyer who handled Trayvon Martin’s case. In addition, Rev. Al Sharpton said in a statement that Brown’s grandfather asked him “to come to St. Louis in light of the police killing of his grandson to assist the family in achieving a fair investigation and justice.”

Michael Brown

Michael Brown

In reference to the looting and vandalism that resulted in 32 arrests, Antonio French, an alderman in St. Louis, said, “People have a lot of anger and are frustrated. They don’t have recourse in the system, and it happens often in this country, and it has boiled over. I think people are angry and looking for a reason to let it out tonight.”

Many media outlets posted a picture of Brown flashing what some interpreted as a gang sign—though it’s a common hand gesture used in the Black community. African-Americans saw this as the media’s attempts to portray Brown negatively, in the same way that media outlets started spreading unflattering pictures of Trayvon Martin after he was killed by George Zimmerman.

To protest, they started a meme on social media with the hashtag #IfTheyGunnedMeDown, which features people posting pictures of themselves in a flattering light—such as wearing their military officer’s uniform or college graduation gown—next to an unflattering picture of them holding a weapon or smoking.

Many of them asked, if the cops gunned them down, which image would the media use?

 

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38 thoughts on “Police Version of Fatal Shooting of Michael Brown Differs Wildly From Eyewitness Accounts

  1. i noticed the conflicting stories….

  2. Jacob Jones says:

    He'll get the death penalty… Someone will make sure of that.. Fucking pig..

  3. Mike Forester says:

    They use negative pictures in order to justify his death. Bastards!

  4. i suggest….to carry a cell phone with a camera…when police are there ..to record the situation… ( if possible )…..to get to the real matter…..a picture …does not lie…if not a cell phone…any kind of recording equipment

  5. i thought that police cars had a divided area …so when a person is supposedly put in a police car…they cannot touch the officers…..i have seen that before …or …i do not believe those cops whatsoever..they are trying to paint a grisly picture of these young men…..just my opinion…ever since …president barack …obama…became some of white america….are acting insane and unjustly killing ..people of color…and lying….this is not the 1800's ….and certainly not slavery days

  6. Rick Carufel says:

    Another killer cop rewarded with a paid vacation for a killing. Then the force lies for him. Where's the incentive to not shoot at any opportunity? Need a vacation? Kill somebody and get one.

  7. Jeremy Stickle says:

    Alway, always , always record the police. They are fucking liars and murdered. Hold them accountable! Get it on video so they can't lie their way out of murder charges!

  8. Colin Parker says:

    I don't think he should get the death sentence. He should be Kidnapped/Transported to Thailand and tied to a bed face down in a male brothel. Then he can be used as a male bitch until he dies after a long time in the future.

  9. Toni Marie says:

    Didn't know a peace sign was a gang sign..SMH..Gang members don't graduate high school and then go to college.Gang members shoot back at the police…Some ppl are too stupid for words..

  10. Toni Marie says:

    Easier said than done..NY is a perfect exampl..Killed a man on 3 different videos and the NYPD is still trying to justify it

  11. John Dough says:

    In the Martin case….they used the one of him as a sweet little angel.

  12. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TnlR0N1yO28 This is a recording of scene as it was played out – cell phone – listen to the women as she describes what has happened ! Share this please! !

  13. Thanks for posting the link and read all the rabid ass racist mofos that swarmed that vid. Everybody can clearly READ what kind of inbred, low lifes breed and live in this sick ass society. If anybody doubted what kind of sick freaks populate this country, those comments are concrete evidence. Black people, it's time to go back to a mindset PRIOR to the lie of integration. They need us, not the other way around. They are the parasite that clings to us no matter where we are in the world–sucking the life out of us LITERALLY. We need to realize our power and go back to black nation building. Anything less is foolhardy. This country has told us in a myriad of ways for centuries what it thinks about us. It is past time we paid attention and drop the fantasy of kum-by-ya.

  14. Thanks for posting the link and read all the rabid ass racist mofos that swarmed that vid. Everybody can clearly READ what kind of inbred, low lifes breed and live in this sick ass society. If anybody doubted what kind of sick freaks populate this country, those comments are concrete evidence. Black people, it's time to go back to a mindset PRIOR to the lie of integration. They need us, not the other way around. They are the parasite that clings to us no matter where we are in the world–sucking the life out of us LITERALLY. We need to realize our power and go back to black nation building. Anything less is foolhardy. This country has told us in a myriad of ways for centuries what it thinks about us. It is past time we paid attention and drop the fantasy of kum-by-ya.

  15. Sundiata Keita says:

    BLACK MEN:
    AR-15s ($600)
    AK-47s ($400 +)
    gas masks ($30)
    sniper rifles ($1600)
    jumping jacks/burpees for stamina (free)
    leg workouts (free)
    MMA takedown defense (free online videos)
    survival in the woods training videos (free online videos)
    GET SOME OF THAT AND THEN WE CAN DISCUSS THE BULLSHIT LATER.

  16. George Heine says:

    What the hell is Atlanta chiming in for? The facts are not in but don't let that stop you looting ass from grabbing, breaking, stealing, setting tire to and destroying your own neighborhood. Go for it. It will just be many less stores in you neighborhood. Fools

  17. "Pull a trigger kill a nigga he's a hero" PAC didn't say it for fun.

  18. Gabriel Popoca says:

    The looting shouldn't be connected to the shooting. There are people that mourned his death and protesters were civil. The looting is done by people that don't give a shit. 2 separate groups. Sadly they put a negative light on the vigil. Piece of shit cop murdered an innocent kid either way. That doesn't change

  19. George Heine says:

    Oh, you have all the facts now? Where did you read them. The FBI is just starting, the autopsy isn't finished, there are different accounts even among the "witnesses", but you have the complete truthful story. joker

  20. Gabriel Popoca says:

    Are you kidding me? You need an autopsy when the guy gets riddled with bullets? Gtfo. No, witness accounts were the same. The cop was the only one that said Mike was trying to take his gun away. Everyone saw him put his hands up. The cop shot him several times. Fact

  21. Shawn Gillespie says:

    Gabriel Popoca That clown is one of those dudes that has made up his mind to defend the shooter, but he doesn't want you to form an opinion until "all the facts" are in. That just means "wait until the cops come up with a good enough lie" The facts that we know is an unarmed young man is dead after being shot multiple times by a police officer. Now what can an autopsy tell us? What he ate for lunch? He died from gun shots? It can't tell us his last thoughts or visions. I know all I need to know. If we had to wait until "all the facts" were in on all cases jails would be empty, because cops rarely have facts. That don't stop them from jumping to conclusions and arresting people, but they walk free until "all the facts" are in.

  22. Shawn Gillespie says:

    If you don't like Atlanta Black Star stay the fuck away, because I love it. Maybe it wasn't made for you.

  23. and yet when standing toe to toe, nose to nose with the source of their frustration they did nothing so the only way to justify stealing, looting and destroying is ………boards don't hit back. I suggest that we un-ball our black power fist and go home because courage is what we are missing.

    I am sorry for your loss sister.

  24. Frederico Colón says:

    And we still don't know the cop's name!?

  25. Jacob Jones says:

    George Heine Dude, he shot the kid at least 10 times, while he was running for his life!.. What "facts" are you looking for?..

    The pig is a murderer, period..

  26. George Heine says:

    Gabriel Popoca Autopsy report will reveal if victim had drugs in him that would produce actions not normal for this individual. There ARE conflicting reports among the so-called witnesses other than the cop's version. The witnesses will be in danger of committing a felony if they lie to an FBI agent. We will see what happens to all these "witnesses" when the badge comes to their door. If this officer executed this man in any manner close to what some are saying then I would be the first lock him up and throw away the key. As it is, you are going by "street news clips" and are ready to pronounce sentence. You are the one that should stfu

  27. George Heine says:

    Gabriel Popoca Autopsy report will reveal if victim had drugs in him that would produce actions not normal for this individual. There ARE conflicting reports among the so-called witnesses other than the cop's version. The witnesses will be in danger of committing a felony if they lie to an FBI agent. We will see what happens to all these "witnesses" when the badge comes to their door. If this officer executed this man in any manner close to what some are saying then I would be the first lock him up and throw away the key. As it is, you are going by "street news clips" and are ready to pronounce sentence. You are the one that should stfu

  28. Jacob Jones says:

    George Heine I always wondered why just because the person is a hooker, or drunk, or Black, apparently, according to you, why does that mean they cannot see?.. lol..

    lemme clue you in, dipshit… These people are on TELEVISION speaking about what they saw.. They're not gonna keep quiet, just because a fed is asking them questions..

    This is the one that is gonna frustrate all racist pieces of shit, like you, cause this one is gonna change the game.. You hide and watch, cause the police will NEVER be able to carry on the way they have, after this.. It is OVER for all racists, and I guarantee you there will be laws passed, taking the investigation process away from local police, in police shooting..

    This pig will be going to prison, and all those who follow will too..

  29. Jacob Jones says:

    George Heine I always wondered why just because the person is a hooker, or drunk, or Black, apparently, according to you, why does that mean they cannot see?.. lol..

    lemme clue you in, dipshit… These people are on TELEVISION speaking about what they saw.. They're not gonna keep quiet, just because a fed is asking them questions..

    This is the one that is gonna frustrate all racist pieces of shit, like you, cause this one is gonna change the game.. You hide and watch, cause the police will NEVER be able to carry on the way they have, after this.. It is OVER for all racists, and I guarantee you there will be laws passed, taking the investigation process away from local police, in police shooting..

    This pig will be going to prison, and all those who follow will too..

  30. Shawn Gillespie says:

    Jacob Jones but you see he didn't accuse the cop of being on drugs. He is saying the victim did something wrong, but he is waiting for the facts to make an opinion. I know his kind.

  31. George Heine says:

    Let me clue you in dickhead. You are the racist. You are the bigot. You are the one jumping to conclusions without all the facts. Just STFU

  32. George Heine says:

    Jacob Jones Let me clue you in dickhead. You are the racist. You are the bigot. You are the one jumping to conclusions without all the facts. Just STFU

  33. Phil Grover says:

    God there are so many idiots in the world it's hard to imagine why things ahve gone so wrong. There are conflicting stories some of which will not hold up under scrutiny. As for the pictures they are posted by the media not the police. Have you noticed that a criminal record for the victim has yet to be released? So much for trying to smear the kid. The facts will come out in time but don't be surprised if you don't get the results you want.

  34. Jeff Hammond says:

    of course the police story differs from the eye witnesses. what else do you expect from a police force sniper armed with M1 .50 cal sniper rifles, m16s, mach4s, riot gear, and of course the cop never called any of the protestors animals. police would never do ANYTHING to besmirch their oath to the constitution and sworn duty to protect and serve.
    protect and serve until you kill all people of color. oh, and by the way police offer reading my comment, i'm white, and what the officer did was wrong, and you refusing to identify the officer and arresting him. shame on the ferguson police. and all the other police brought in to shoot and kill peaceful protestors.

  35. Jeff Hammond says:

    no he won't. the police will lie to protect him. they ALWAYS do.

  36. If shit like this keeps happening the ppl are going rise up and there will be a war on the streets we will not stand for this note should we . We are the ppl you where made to protect us not act like savages drunk with power stand up for what's right or we will.

  37. Antonio French, an alderman in St. Louis, said, “People have a lot of anger and are frustrated. They don’t have recourse in the system, and it happens often in this country, and it has boiled over. I think people are angry and looking for a reason to let it out tonight.”

    Alderman French…your party, the Democratic Party, has complete and unchallenged political power in nearly every black neighborhood in the country. YOU ARE the system. You control their schools, you control the councils seats, the police and the agencies that are supposed to serve the black community. Your party has had complete control of black Americans lives for 50 years. What in the hell are you there for, other than to line your own pockets?

  38. Jay Contreras I agree integration was a mistake.As a people in order to continue we must be about building Black nations.

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