UPDATED: The original video has been removed by either the person who posted it or Youtbe – but we’ve found another copy of it and fixed the broken link.)
On Friday night we brought you the testimony of a friend of Ferguson PD officer Darren Wilson. In a phone conversation with Dana Loesch of the Dana Loesch Show, this friend recounted the day’s events from the perspective of Officer Wilson.
You can hear her tell her story here.
“He pulled up ahead of them. And then he got a call-in that there was a strong-arm robbery. And, they gave a description. And, he’s looking at them and they got something in their hands and it looks like it could be what, you know those cigars or whatever. So he goes in reverse back to them. Tries to get out of his car. They slam his door shut violently. I think he said Michael did. And, then he opened the car again. He tried to get out. He stands up.
And then Michael just bum-rushes him and shoves him back into his car. Punches him in the face and them Darren grabs for his gun. Michael grabbed for the gun. At one point he got the gun entirely turned against his hip. And he shoves it away. And the gun goes off.
Well, then Michael takes off and gets to be about 35 feet away. And, Darren’s first protocol is to pursue. So, he stands up and yells, “Freeze!” Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him… And then all the sudden he just started bum rushing him. He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something.”
That’s very similar to what the police have officially said Officer Wilson reported, though this friend has gone into more detail.
The police say the officer shot Brown after the teen shoved the officer and tried to wrestle the officer’s gun from him. But a number of witnesses, including (Dorian) Johnson, refute those claims. And in the wake of the shooting, the Ferguson Police Department has asked the St. Louis County police to step in and take over the investigation.
On the same day as the radio interview, someone who lives in Ferguson released video they seem to have taken with a cell phone on the scene after the shooting took place. The video is important because it may offer more evidence that the police officer was indeed in danger when he killed Michael Brown.
The video is about ten minutes long and contains raw, emotional and unfiltered footage of the community’s response. It’s emotional and difficult to watch at parts. It’s obvious that some in the local community immediately believe that the shooting happened for racial reasons and they are in pain over the very idea…
Please, keep all of this in mind as you watch. Whether or not you agree, the racism experience by a significant portion of our country has been real and it has been painful, and those who haven’t felt the sting of hatred shouldn’t dismiss the pain it has caused.
Also, as I said, it is raw and unfiltered… and so is some of the language. This isn’t safe for all ears and may not be appropriate for you to watch at work!
(It seems the original video has been removed from the web – but we’ve found another copy and replaced the original. Sorry for any inconvenience!)
I want to direct you to two particular moments in the video where an eyewitness seems to be reporting what he saw happen.
The first bit comes at about the 6:10 mark.
It is at this point where one observer seems to corroborate the above story that there was an altercation at the truck and then that at some point Michael Brown was rushing back at the police officer and that the shots didn’t seem to have any effect on the man. The police officer believes that it was because Brown may have been “on something,” (we have to wait for the toxicology report to come back to know if drugs played a part in this drama), but the witness only says that he thought the officer missed because Brown kept moving towards him.
Partial transcript from the Conservative Treehouse.
#1 How’d he get from there to there?
#2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck – cause he was like over the truck
#2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him
#2 Then the next thing I know he doubled back toward him cus – the police had his gun drawn already on him –
#2 The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like – but he kept coming toward him
#2 Police fired shots – the next thing I know – the police was missing
#1 The Police?
#2 The Police shot him
#2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about “he took it from him”)
The second piece of video that I think you should focus in on comes at the 8:18 mark and runs until 8:45 (or so).
Again a voice in the background is giving testimony to what they “saw” happen. A man’s voice can be heard saying, “I heard one, and then four and then 4 more… and he was still standing, so I thought he missed… then he kept coming at him…and then he broke off running… and his partner ran through here…”
Frist, this statement again seems to corroborate the police officer’s statement, but it also should spark some questions about the witness testimony from Michael Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson.
Here’s what Johnson, who was with Brown at the time of the shooting said to MSNBC.“I saw the barrel of the gun pointed at my friend,” said Dorian Johnson, 22. “Then I saw the fire come out of the barrel.”
“I could see so vividly what was going on because I was so close,” said Johnson, who said he was within arm’s reach of both Brown and the officer when the first of several shots was fired at the teen. Johnson says he feared for his life as he watched the officer squeezing off shot after shot.
How could both his testimony of the events and the report of this witness moments after the shooting vary so wildly?
If Johnson really did run past the witness during the shooting, how could he have watched the “fire” come from the barrel?
They were within “arms reach”? That is incredibly close, but the other witness seems to indicate that they had run from the officer after the first shot, and then that the officer had given some chase before Brown turned around and ran back at the officer.
Johnson also denies that an altercation took place at the police car, but reports indicate that Officer Wilson has the bruised face to prove an altercation happened. Also, the report of the first “accidental” shot in the police vehicle seems to support Officer Wilson’s statement that there was a struggle while also proving Mr. Johnson’s statement to be false.
I can’t be sure what happened that fateful day, but I do know that there is enough ”evidence” to show that Officer Wilson’s story is at the very least plausible, and that the initial reports of a callous and calculated murder may very well be wrong. I still don’t know for sure, but I won’t take part in a mob style execution of a man whose guilt is still very much in doubt.