Last week we were one of the first to bring you Officer Darren Wilson’s side of the story after a friend of his going by the name “Josie” appeared on the Dana Loesch show to speak out for him.
…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 bumrushing 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.”
Then we brought you the video from a local who was there as the events in Ferguson unfolded. In his video background voices can clearly be heard summarizing what happened in a way that clearly aligned with the “Josie’s” version of events… more importantly they seemed to throw in to doubt the testimony of Michael Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson. Johnson claimed that he and Brown were standing still with their hands in the air and then that the officer gunned Brown down as they were running away.
“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.
Johnson’s entire statement has come under fire now that multiple witnesses have come forward disputing his version of events. Also, the independent medical examiner hired by the Brown family disproved the second half of that testimony when they autopsied the body and found that Brown was shot front to back and not in the back as Johnson claimed.
Now Christine Byers, a reporter from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, is reporting that police have spoken to more than a DOZEN witnesses who have corroborated Officer Wilson’s version of events in the shooting! More than a DOZEN!
Police sources tell me more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated cop's version of events in shooting #Ferguson
— Christine Byers (@ChristineDByers) August 19, 2014
Another stunning piece of news out of St. Louis is that sources in the Prosecutor’s office are willing to confirm that Officer Wilson suffered facial fractures during his confrontation with Michael Brown. This piece of news also seems to confirm Officer Wilson’s story that Brown hit him in the face while trying to wrest the gun away from the officer.
Local St. Louis sources said Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.” This comes from a source within the Prosecuting Attorney’s office and confirmed by the St. Louis County Police. A blowout fracture is a fracture of one or more of the bones surrounding the eye and is commonly referred to as an orbital floor fracture.
Perhaps this case isn’t as cut and dry as Al Sharpton and MSNBC were hoping it would be?
UPDATE: Christine Byers and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch have not issued a retraction of her earlier comments, per se, but they have qualified her statement. “On FMLA from paper. Earlier tweets did not meet standards for publication.”
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