At this point we have various information from various sources. Some of it is anonymous - I reject anonymous sources until there is some
corroboration with their story. I will briefly mention the store robbery, but the focus is on the shooting itself.
Timeline: Michael Brown Shooting In Ferguson,
Saturday Aug. 9
11:48 a.m. to noon – An officer responds to a call of a sick person.
11:51 a.m. – Another call comes in about a robbery at a convenience store. The dispatcher gives a description of the robber and says the suspect is
walking toward the Quick Trip convenience store.
12:01 p.m. – The officer [Darren Wilson] encounters Michael Brown and a friend as they walk down a street. Brown is shot to death as a result of the
12:04 p.m. – A second officer arrives on the scene followed by a supervisor one minute later. An ambulance responding to the earlier sick person
call drives by and responds to assess Brown.
Keeping this in mind, also consider the report (PDF) from the store
regarding the incident
. This report documents the surveillance footage, as well:
The date and time stamps correspond to the video footage provided. The entire incident takes place on Saturday, 08/09/2014 between 12:52:58hrs
A note: the description of the footage in the report text (not mentioned here) deviates slightly from the
, as much of what Brown allegedly took was placed by him back on the counter, and
the remaining items on the floor seem to be what he ended up taking from the store.
Fitting into that is the timeline from the store:
08/09/2014 11:52:53 whi shirt b/m qt, box cigars
08/09/2014 11:55:06 NO ONE WALKING N/B IN A WHITE T-SHIRT.
08/09/2014 11:57:47 SUSPECT WEARING RED CARDS CAP, YELLOW SOCKS, W/ANOTHER MALE SUBJECT WALKING TOWARDS QT AT THIS TIME
08/09/2014 11:58:04 KHAKI SHORTS
08/09/2014 12:09:48 (blank) was advised
08/09/2014 18:54:26 STILL SEE NO ONE MATCHING THAT DISCRIPTION (sic)
Unless the person who called the robbery in was psychic, the clock on the camera must be some minutes ahead of that of the police log. The report
also mentions two other related reports which I have yet to see: Ferguson Police Report #2014-12391 and St. Louis County Police Report #2014-43984.
I want to highlight this article, as it seems to be the first real testament of Wilson's account from a reliable source and has a lot of good
Shooting Accounts Differ as Holder Schedules Visit
Pruned from the above NYT article:
Officer Wilson, who was not responding to the robbery, had stopped to speak with Mr. Brown and a friend, Dorian Johnson. The Ferguson police
chief, Thomas Jackson, said that it was around the time that Officer Wilson started talking to the two that he realized they fit the description of
the suspects in the convenience store robbery.
So far, this account is plausible. However, it has changed a few times. Also, slightly odd is that they seemed to still be looking for a suspect
until hours after Brown had been dead. I would have thought police would have put two-and-two together by that point, as Wilson allegedly did - or
that Wilson would have told his fellow officers as much. Although,
law enforcement officials say witnesses and forensic analysis have shown that Officer Wilson did sustain an injury during the struggle in the
So perhaps he was otherwise indisposed, as some other mentions have been made of Wilson being taken or at least going to the hospital. During
whatever happened at the vehicle, many sources have that the gun was fired once from within the vehicle. Supposing that to be the case, shots fired =
1. What happened during the shooting?
As Officer Wilson got out of his car, the men were running away. The officer fired his weapon but did not hit anyone, according to law enforcement
At this point, we know two things are almost certain now:
1) Brown and Johnson ran from Wilson's vehicle.
2) Wilson left his vehicle and fired at least once as they were running; shots fired = 2 or more.
What we do not
know is whether or not he was aiming
at either of the two. We do know that no shots struck Johnson, and we do know that
no shots struck Brown in the back, from the
autopsy and report
. Brown has at least two wounds on his arm that could have come from behind or
from front - a wound to his thumb and a
wound to his forearm, but let's go with all shots coming from the front for now. This introduces another fact:
After running some distance away from Wilson, Brown stopped and turned to face him.
According to his account to the Ferguson police, Officer Wilson said that Mr. Brown had lowered his arms and moved toward him, law enforcement
officials said. Fearing that the teenager was going to attack him, the officer decided to use deadly force.
If Wilson says that Brown lowered his arms, then his arms must have been raised at some point.
Additionally, 'attack' is a broad term, but if Wilson thought Brown had a gun, I'm pretty sure he and the police would have mentioned that by now. In
fact, there is never a mention of Brown being suspected
of having a weapon, so I think we can conclude that Wilson thought Brown to be unarmed.
We know that Brown was struck at least 6 times by bullets from the autopsy report, so shots fired = 8 or more.
Where did Brown die? According to
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar did say Brown was hit “multiple times” and died about 35 feet from the police car where the
We know Wilson left his vehicle, but we don't know how far away Brown was from Wilson when he died. If he were standing beside his vehicle, Brown was
a fairly long distance from Wilson when Wilson thought he was going to attack him and shot him. More likely, Wilson was much closer to Brown than to
his vehicle. Some witnesses have said Brown was only several feet from Wilson when Wilson shot him, but it is not a known and released fact at
present. This implies that Wilson pursued Brown and Johnson on foot as they ran.
And that's all the facts I've seen at present. I hope this helps clarify some things.
edit on 1Fri, 22 Aug 2014 01:14:11
-0500America/ChicagovAmerica/Chicago8 by Greven because: forgot a few things