The New York Times reported that Officer Darren Wilson has broken months of silence to testify in front of the mostly-white Grand Jury that will decide if he will face charges for the murder of unarmed teen Michael Brown.
Wilson’s testimony directly contradicts witness Piaget Crenshaw’s version of events. “The officer was just trying to pull him into the vehicle – that’s just what it looked like,” Crenshaw said — a version of events echoed by her coworker Tiffany Mitchell, who said that “It looked as if the kid was pulling away and the officer was pulling him in.” and that “A shot was fired through the window.”
Dorian Johnson, Brown’s friend, explained that “We were so close, almost inches away, that when he tried to open his door aggressively, the door ricocheted both off me and Big Mike’s body and closed back on the officer.” He added that Brown attempted to pull away, but Wilson kept pulling the teen toward him.
“I’m standing so close to Big Mike and the officer, I look in his window and I see that he has his gun pointed at both of us. And when he fired his weapon, I moved seconds before he pulled the trigger,” Johnson said. “I saw the fire come out the barrel and I instinctually knew it was a gun. I looked at my friend Big Mike and saw he was struck in the chest or upper region because I saw blood spatter down his side.”
“At no point in time did they struggle over the weapon because the weapon was already drawn on us,” Johnson said.
Forensic evidence confirmed that Brown was, indeed, shot at close range by Officer Wilson. The evidence collected by the FBI shows that Wilson fired at the teen twice inside the car, with the first bullet striking Brown in the arm, and the second missing its target. Brown’s blood was also found on Wilson’s gun.
Wilson claimed that Brown reached for his gun (making him fear for his safety, and providing a convenient “justification” for his actions), but not a single witness corroborates the officer’s assertion. Wilson claims Brown scratched and punched him repeatedly, leaving cuts on his neck and swelling on his face, but no evidence has confirmed those claims.
Missing from Wilson’s testimony was an explanation of why he continued to fire multiple times as the teen was fleeing.
Benjamin Crump, an attorney for the Brown family, reminded everyone that “What the police say is not to be taken as gospel.”
“He can say what he wants to say in front of a jury. They can listen to all the evidence and the people can have it transparent so they know that the system works for everybody,” Crump said. “The officer’s going to say whatever he’s going to say to justify killing an unarmed kid. Right now, they have this secret proceeding where nobody knows what’s happening and nobody knows what’s going on. No matter what happened in the car, Michael Brown ran away from him.”
Since the shooting, protests have sparked up in Ferguson calling for justice. In contrast, the KKK (including representatives of Ferguson police and possibly the prosecutor who would be handling the case, if Wilson were to be indicted) has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars in blood money to “reward” Wilson for killing the unarmed “thug.”
We’ll probably never have all the facts, ad police seem to be making up the story as they go, but one thing is for certain: With a mostly white Grand Jury, repeated attempts by police to conceal information, missing and incomplete police reports — including a “use of force” report required by Ferguson PD’s own policies — it is unlikely that we will ever see justice.