St. Louis County officials announced Monday night that a grand jury had declined to indict ((name: Ferguson, Mo.,; location: Ferguson, Missouri, US)) Police Officer ((name: Darren Wilson; title: Police Officer; description: Officer in the Ferguson, MO police department, shot Michael Brown in highly controversial series of events in Summer of 2014)) in the shooting of Michael Brown. Here’s what we know about the deadly encounter.
What’s the police version of events?
Wilson has not spoken publicly about what happened, and no direct video of the shooting has surfaced. According to a preliminary police account, which was included in Brown’s official ((name: autopsy report; description: Official report released by the St Louis coroner; date: 08/10/2014; pub: 11/2014)), the confrontation began when Wilson, on patrol, spotted Brown and a friend, Dorian Johnson, walking in the street.
Wilson “observed the two individuals, he requested that they get out of the roadway. The deceased became belligerent towards Officer Wilson,” the report stated. It continues:
Grand jury decides not to indict officer in Ferguson shooting Times staff writer Matt Pearce discusses a Missouri grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. “As Officer Wilson attempted to exit out of his patrol vehicle the deceased pushed his door shut and began to struggle with Officer Wilson, during the struggle the Officer’s weapon was un-holstered. The weapon discharged during the struggle.
The deceased then ran down the roadway. Officer Wilson then began to chase the deceased. As he was giving chase to the deceased, the deceased turned around and ran towards officer Wilson.
Wilson then fired “several times,” the report said. (Police have not said exactly how many times Wilson fired his gun.) Official and private autopsies both appeared to show that Brown was shot at least six times during the encounter.
What does Brown’s friend say happened?
((name: Dorian Johnson; title: Friend of Michael Brown; description: Dorian Johnson was walking with Michael Brown on the day he was shot)) says that when the incident began, Wilson used profanity to tell the young men to get out of the street, hit Brown with his car door while trying to open it, then grabbed Brown by the neck.
“They’re not wrestling so much as his arm went from his throat to now clenched on his shirt,” Johnson told MSNBC. “It’s like tug of war. He’s trying to pull him in. He’s pulling away, that’s when I heard, ‘I’m gonna shoot you.’”
After the first shot wounded Brown, Johnson said, Brown ran and Wilson chased him. Wilson then shot Brown in the back, and Brown stopped, turned with his hands up, and said, “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!” according to Johnson’s account to MSNBC.
As Wilson stood face-to-face with Brown, the officer shot him several more times, Johnson said.