The City of Ferguson neglected to file an incident report from the night unarmed African-American teen Michael Brown was gunned down by Officer Darren Wilson. The city immediately turned the investigation over to St. Louis County Police.
The incident report, which was not reviewed for a full ten days, doesn’t say what happened; it simply says ‘who’, ‘when’, and ‘where.’ It has become clear that Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson said, “we’ve pretty much given you every bit of information that we have now — I don’t think there’s anything else that we have to give out,” he was fairly well admitting that there was, indeed, no actual incident report.
Ferguson police, however, did carefully note that Michael Brown is a suspect in what is being called a “strong-arm robbery” at the same time Darren Wilson was named as the killer. However, many have questioned if it is actually Brown in the video at all, while others have pointed out that the teen appears to have paid for the cigarillos police say he stole.
Through his attorney, the owner of Ferguson Market spoke out and informed the public that he was surprised when police came to him with a request for the video. Neither he, nor his employees, called the police to report a robbery. In fact, it was a customer who made the call.
With limited evidence in either direction, there has been a lot of room for misinformation. A right-wing blogger, for example, claimed that Officer Wilson suffered an orbital blowout fracture. This lie was repeated throughout conservative media, with many using the “proof” presented by the blogger–which turned out to be a file photo from the University of Iowa rather than Wilson’s CT scan.
According to an independent autopsy performed by Dr. Michael Baden, there was “no sign of a struggle” between Wilson and Brown–including no bruising on the teen’s fist, which would have occurred if he had hit the officer hard enough to cause such an injury. One shot entered “back-to-front,” and the layout of bullet holes in Michael Brown’s body are consistent with witness testimony, examiners said.
“There was a witness statement that said [Brown] was walking away and he kind of jerks so that would have occurred when he was walking away, and then he turns around,” assistant professor Shawn Parcells, who assisted Baden, explained. “It’s consistent with that.”