• All the evidence confirmed to the grand jury that Wilson shot Brown in self-defense.
By Pete Papaherakles —
The long anticipated grand jury verdict in Ferguson affirmed what AMERICAN FREE PRESS has been reporting and what rational Americans knew all along. On November 24, prosecutor Robert McCulloch announced there was insufficient evidence to indict officer Darren Wilson of any wrongdoing in the killing of Michael Brown.
McCulloch went on to detail the three-month long process of evidence gathering and testimony, which led to this decision. The evidence included three separate autopsies, including one independently done by the Brown family, Wilson’s testimony as well as those by scores of witnesses, physical evidence, police reports and hospital reports.
All the evidence confirmed to the grand jury that Wilson shot Brown in self-defense.
Although Brown has been portrayed by the media as “an unarmed, innocent, black teenager gunned down by a racist white cop” the evidence shows otherwise.
Here is what we now know.
According to the evidence, Brown, who was six-feet, four-inches tall and weighed 292 lbs., and a friend, Dorian Johnson, entered the Ferguson Market and Liquor, a convenience store, on the morning of August 9. Brown was then captured on surveillance video reaching across the sales counter and taking several packs of Swisher cigarillos without any attempt to be surreptitious. These mini-cigars are often used to make marijuana cigarettes knows as “blunts” and judging from the yellow socks adorned with green marijuana patterns Brown was wearing that day it would be safe to assume this was the intended use of the cigarillos.
When the store attendant tried to prevent his exit, Brown grabbed him from the shirtfront and shoved him out of the way into a potato chip display rack next to the entry door, before exiting with the stolen goods.
It is revealing that Brown and his friend were not concerned that they had just robbed a store and assaulted a clerk and that police would be notified.
After leaving the convenience store, they proceeded to walk in the middle of nearby Canfield Street on the yellow line with the stolen merchandise in hand, forcing cars to drive around them.
When officer Darren Wilson asked them to move to the sidewalk not only did they refuse, they made no effort to conceal the stolen goods. Whether they were on drugs or acting out an attitude of “gangster” bravado, they were clearly looking for trouble. This is critical to understand because what follows is truly surreal.
According to Wilson’s testimony, he was trying to be non-confrontational and asked them, “Hey guys, why don’t you walk on the sidewalk?” They refused, replying, “We’re almost at our destination,” they told him. “But what’s wrong with the sidewalk?” Wilson patiently insisted.
Wilson said that Brown answered him: “Fuck what you have to say.”
As Brown and his friend walked past Wilson’s police car, Wilson noticed that the two men matched the description of the individuals wanted in the convenience store robbery he had just heard about on the police radio.
After calling for back-up on his radio, Wilson backed up his police SUV and parked it at an angle in front of their walking direction.
As they approached, Wilson, waiting for back-up to arrive, told Brown he wanted to talk to him and went to open the door of his vehicle. At that point, Brown asked him, “What the fuck are you going to do about it?” and slammed the door shut. Wilson tried to open his door again but Brown slammed it shut and leaned into the vehicle and punched Wilson in the face.
“I tried to hold his right arm and use my left hand to get out to have some kind of control and not be trapped in my car anymore,” Wilson explained in his testimony. “And when I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five-year-old holding on to Hulk Hogan.”
Brown punched Wilson once more hitting him squarely on the jaw, Wilson said. Unable to reach his mace or his police-issued “asp” club, he pulled out his gun and told Brown to back off or he would shoot.
Brown immediately grabbed the top of Wilson’s gun while taunting him, “You’re too much of a pussy to shoot me.” Brown then twisted the gun against Wilson and was trying to get his finger into the gun’s trigger guard to shoot Wilson in his thigh or groin area. After a tussle resulting in two misfires Wilson got a shot off on his third attempt as he barely managed to push the gun away from him and down into the door panel, shattering the window glass.
Startled by the shot and broken glass, Brown stepped back momentarily only to come attacking again.
“He had the most intense, aggressive face,” said Wilson. “The only way I can describe it is he looked like a demon; that’s how angry he was.”
Wilson shielded his face as Brown hit him again. Wilson then shot one more time. At this point, Brown ran away from the car. Wilson said he called dispatch one more time and got out of the car to go after Brown. Brown ran about 35 feet to the street corner and stopped. He turned around, facing Wilson, and Wilson told him to get on the ground.
Brown then charged toward Wilson as he continued telling him to get on the ground. Wilson fired several shots, at least one of which hit Brown, but Brown continued moving forward. Wilson kept telling him to get on the ground as he started backpedaling but Brown kept charging. Wilson fired another volley of shots again with at least one hitting Brown because he flinched.
Brown then put his head down and started charging at Wilson who continued backpedaling and telling Brown to get on the ground. When Brown was eight to 10 feet away Wilson fired the last set of shots hitting Brown in the head. It was all over at this point. Brown fell dead on the pavement.
There were 60 eyewitnesses who gave testimony. There is no doubt that Brown was walking in the middle of the street or that his body was in Wilson’s car while they were scuffling. Dozens of eyewitnesses also told the exact story about the final shooting scene. Many stressed the fact that at no point did they see Brown putting his hands up while some even commented on the furious, demonic look on Brown’s face as he charged Wilson.
There were some individuals who said they saw Brown raise his hands and even that he was down on his knees when Wilson shot him, execution style. Others said Brown raised his hands with his back turned to Wilson. But their testimonies were filled with inconsistencies and ambiguities and several admitted they were friends or acquaintances of Brown’s. When interviewed on the witness stand by investigators, seven to eight witnesses admitted that they perjured themselves about the shooting.
All three autopsies agreed that the entry points of all the shots were from the front and the fatal shots to the head were while Brown’s body was lunging forward. Brown’s blood was found on Wilson’s gun and on the police car. Pictures taken of Wilson at the hospital show bruising and swelling on the right side of his face and redness on the back of his neck.
Yet the media continues referring to Brown as an “unarmed teenager” who was gunned down or even “executed” by a white police officer. They have condemned prosecutor McCulloch, who is a Democrat, as biased, the grand jury decision as a whitewash and a farce and claimed justice was not served. Al Sharpton said the grand jury decision was a joke since Brown didn’t have a chance to defend himself.
After the grand jury decision was announced, Brown’s stepfather urged protesters to “burn the bitch down” as rioters looted stores and burned at least 12 buildings to the ground in Ferguson. At least 61 people were arrested on the night of November 24 and 45 more on November 25. Riots and looting took place all across the country as “protesters” expressed their outrage at the perceived injustice with over 400 arrests nationwide.
In an effort to prove that the Ferguson Police Department is racist against blacks, the media point out that more than 85% of motorists pulled over in the city are black and that the arrest rate among blacks is twice the rate among white residents. These statistics, however, omit the fact that Ferguson is 68% black and that according to Justice Department statistics blacks are five times more likely to commit crimes than whites, which essentially means that blacks are not getting arrested as often as they should be.
They also point out that Ferguson is a majority-black city governed mostly by whites. They don’t explain that Ferguson has traditionally been a white town that only recently has been taken over by blacks. In 1970, 99% of the population of Ferguson was white and only 1% black. Even in 1990 whites comprised 74% of the total, while blacks made up only 25%.
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Pete Papaherakles is a writer and political cartoonist for AFP and is also AFP’s outreach director. Pete is interested in getting AFP writers and editors on the podium at patriotic events. Call him at 202-544-5977 if you know of an event you think AFP should attend.