We’ve already seen the video of the aftermath of Michael Brown’s shooting, but on Monday evening’s CNN Tonight, Don Lemon debuted an alleged recording that contains audio of the gunshots that killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9.
Darren Wilson shot Brown at least six times during the incident that took his life in Ferguson, Missouri. At least four witnesses have given a similar statement of the events that happened, that detail Brown fleeing the officer, and Wilson gunning him down while Brown had his hands in the air. Officers claim that Brown had violently attacked Wilson and Wilson acted in self-defense, gunning down the unarmed teenager.
Before airing the clip, Lemon cautioned:
“CNN cannot independently verify the authenticity of this tape. [We have] reached out to the FBI for confirmation of their interview with the Ferguson resident who says he made the recording.”
In the video, an unidentified man claims to have recorded the gunfire, seemingly by accident as he talks to himself about matters unrelated to the shooting. At least 10 gunshots are heard in the background of the audio, with a brief pause between the first seven and the last four. After airing the tape, Lemon interviewed the man’s attorney, Lopa Blumenthal. Blumenthal said that the FBI had already interviewed both her and her client, and she described the incident as follows:
He heard loud noises, and at the time he didn’t even realize the import of what he was hearing until afterwards, and it just happened to have captured 12 seconds of what transpired outside of his building.
Lemon added that “We had been told that at least six shots were fired at Michael Brown. In the tape that you have, which is alleged to be of the shooting—we can’t independently authorize it, as CNN, because we did not shoot it, but there were more than six shots,” while Blumenthal said that she “personally heard at least eleven.”
Lemon said that CNN was still waiting on the FBI confirmation of the tape. You can watch the clip below: