For 12 days we have waited for the incident report in the murder of Michael Brown. We have been strung along and placated but still not told if one was even filed, when we’d see it or what it might say. We expected it to come from the Ferguson PD, but we were wrong. Things just don’t add up.
The Missouri chapter of the ACLU sent out a Tweet late Thursday night:
In response to our lawsuit for #MikeBrown shooting report, STL County Police Dept released: http://t.co/…
— ACLU of Missouri (@aclu_mo) August 20, 2014
The incident report doesn’t tell us much. But it’s interesting that it was created by the St. Louis County Police. Either the original incident report — the one that should have been filed by Officer Wilson — is still being held back or there is no incident report filed by Officer Wilson.
Here is an image of the report the ACLU received:
The report has “Homicide” as its headline, but this is standard for any report in which one person was killed by another. It is not an admission of guilt.
But there is a bit of a paradox here. If this is a report from the SLCPD (and the notation that unit #4412 was dispatched by SLCPD indicates that it is), why is Wilson listed as the reporting officer? He’s with the Ferguson PD. It doesn’t make sense.
Also, note that the date of the incident is 08/9/2014 but the date of the actual filing of the report….? That is shown as 08/19/2014: 10 days after the actual incident occurred. Ten days!
So why was the the media not told that the SLCPD would be releasing the incident report? Ferguson PD Chief Jackson had ten days to tell us this. It also raises questions as to why Officer Wilson did not file a report himself. This is standard operating procedure when an officer’s firearm is discharged on a call. So where is it?
All this report does is create more uncertainty, raise more questions and worsen the already secretive atmosphere surrounding this incident. There had better be some real answers soon. Hopefully, with Attorney General Holder in charge, we will get some.
h/t Angie in WA State at Daily Kos