Report delves into shooting
FERGUSON, Mo. — The fatal encounter between a white police officer and an unarmed black 18-year-old here lasted less than 90 seconds, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
The paper obtained EMS records, 911 calls, police and dispatcher radio conversations and police station surveillance videos of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson from the day of the shooting. In the newly released videos, Wilson is seen walking into and out of the police station in police surveillance videos.
The newspaper, using the information and unnamed sources, reports that Wilson told authorities that he had stopped to tell Michael Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, 22, to quit walking down the middle of the street. The two kept walking, and Wilson realized Brown matched the description of the suspect in a robbery, the paper reports. That contradicts statements made by Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson. The chief has repeatedly said that Wilson did not know Brown was a suspect in a strong-arm robbery.
Attorneys for Brown’s family released a statement Saturday in response to the story, criticizing police. “Information was leaked from within the police department that Wilson was severely beaten and suffered an orbital eye socket ‘blowout,’ indicating that Michael Brown somehow deserved to die. From the video released today, it would appear the initial descriptions of his injuries were exaggerated.”