The Michael Brown Incident In Ferguson: Cop Suffered Fractured Eyesocket

The Gateway Pundit reports:

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.

Update: CNN reports Wilson’s face was not fractured, but it was swollen.

Wilson was taken to the hospital after the shooting. He had xrays which came back negative. He was treated for a swollen face.

This seems to corroborate the cop’s story.  A cell phone video taken by a by-stander at the scene of the shooting picked up background talk of other eyewitnesses who also seemed to somewhat corroborate the cop’s story.

Allegedly Brown and the officer got into a scuffle in the squad car, and then Brown ran.  The cop got out and shouted for Brown to freeze, but Brown apparently charged back at the cop, who must have already had a swollen face by this point.  The cop then fired on Brown as Brown charged him.

If this is the case, it’s hard to fault the cop for shooting.  The problem I have is why Brown was approached and accosted by the cop in the first place.  According to a statement by the lawyer of the people who own the convenience store Brown allegedly robbed, the store did not call in a robbery.  It also came out that there is no way the cop could have known Brown was involved in a robbery at the time of the confrontation.  This all begs the question of what exactly precipitated this mess.

My theory goes like this: Two kids walking down the middle of the street end up getting harassed by the cop. They respond by telling the cop to fuck off.  The cop gets his effeminate feelings hurt so he decides to arrest Brown, at which point the altercation ensues.  The cop tried to grab Brown while still in his cruiser by reaching out his window to prevent Brown from running off.  The cop draws his gun.  In an attempt to evade capture, Brown punches the cop in the face.  In response, the cop shoots Brown while still in the cruiser.  Brown breaks free and runs.  The cop exits his vehicle and fires a few more shots that miss.  Brown, realizing this cop is going to kill him, doubles back and figures he may as well try to kill the cop before the cop kills him.  The cop continues to fire as Brown advances.

It has to be asked why Brown would turn around and advance on an officer who already had his gun drawn on him.  It’s a suicidal move.  Was Brown suicidal?  I doubt it.

Here’s Dorian Johnson’s story of the event:

And here’s the eye witness testimony:

  • #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
  • {crosstalk}
  • #2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran — the police got out and ran after him
  • {crosstalk}
  • #2 Then the next thing I know he doubled back toward him cus — the police had his gun drawn already on him —
  • #1. Oh, the police got his gun
  • #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
  • {crosstalk}
  • #2 Police fired shots — the next thing I know — the police was missing
  • #1 The Police?
  • #2 The Police shot him
  • #1 Police?
  • #2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about “he took it from him”)

The eye witness never mentions that a shot that was fired while they were both “in the truck,” but we know this did indeed occur.  It’s an important point to take into account.

Here’s Piaget Crenshaw’s version of events:

According to Crenshaw, there was a struggle between Brown and Officer Wilson at the window of Wilson’s car in which it appeared as if Brown was trying to push away from the vehicle. Once free from Wilson, Brown ran away from the officer, at which point the officer began firing at Brown. Once Brown raised his hands and turned around to surrender, Officer Wilson allegedly continued to shoot, hitting Brown multiple times.

So we have a few people saying Brown turned around and put his hands in the air, and a few people saying he turned around and advanced towards the officer.  The only part of Crenshaw’s story that differs from my theory is the very last part.

Brown is not a nice guy, but I think this altercation ensued because the cop was acting out of spite, not because of some perceived threat to public safety.  I think this nuanced point is at the heart of the rioting going on down there.  The people have been oppressed by authority for so long that they’ve finally hit a breaking point.  The police response to the rioting has simply escalated matters.

  • JJOstinato

    First, you use the phrase, “…begs the question…” incorrectly. Google it.

    You are guessing why the kids were pulled over. We don’t have the facts yet and, in this country, there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty. It is not hard to believe that the young man, having just roughed up a shop owner, was paranoid when he saw the police car, assuming that the officer was looking for him. If you attack anyone with a gun, especially a cop, you are more than young and stupid.

    • From Wiki, Modern usage:

      “Many English speakers use “begs the question” to mean “raises the question”, “evades the question”, or even “ignores the question”, and follow that phrase with the question, for example: ‘I am 120kg and have severely clogged arteries, which begs the question: why have I not started exercising?'”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Begging_the_question

      I watched both the shop videos. The kid was belligerent. He may indeed have been paranoid when the cop started harassing him, but that doesn’t make a bit of difference when it comes to my point about the police harassment.

    • 77Jack

      “in this country, there is a presumption of innocence until proven guilty”

      That’s just a fairy tale, right up there with “we are the government” and “the police are here to protect us”.

      In the real world if a cop kills you, you are presumed guilty and the cop is presumed innocent..without any evidence being provided.

      If you happened to be black (with or without a criminal record in most cases) then the cop was just doing society a favor.

      If you happened to be white then you must have been doing something you shouldn’t have.

      No matter what the cop is always presumed to have been in the right. Even if there’s a camera on the cop that shows conclusively that they were in the wrong the cop is almost guaranteed to get off with zero punishment and get a year long paid vacation.

  • “My theory goes like this: Two kids walking down the middle of the
    street end up getting harassed by the cop. They respond by telling the
    cop to fuck off. The cop gets his effeminate feelings hurt so he
    decides to arrest Brown, at which point the altercation ensues.
    Brown is not a nice guy, but I think this altercation ensued because
    the cop was acting out of spite, not because of some perceived threat to
    public safety.”

    Interesting theory, but it is pure speculation. It is not based on evidence.

    It is just as possible that the cop asked the young men to get out of the street and walk on the sidewalk (he may or may not have been nice about it) and Michael Brown approached the car, pushed the cop in when he tried to get out, struck him hard enough to fracture his face, and went for his gun. That is supposedly the cops story.

    • Well, actually it is based on evidence.

      Brown shoved the store clerk without provocation.

      Eye witnesses and cell phone video corroborate the cop’s story.

      The cop got a broken eye-socket as a result of the confrontation.

      That’s all evidence. I’m not just pulling that out of my ass.

      • Rahsaan Hall

        Where are these eyewitnesses you speak of … Every eye witness I have seen interviewed said Michael Brown’s hands were in the air when shot ….

  • info_bomber

    Don’t know, it seems that the story about this young man being shot by a cop is very low especially now that we have seen pictures of reporters being tear gassed, arrested and threatened seems to be the bigger story now. I might be stating this knowing that some people are going to latch on to the fact that I am being callous about a life, but it is not callousness, the effects of what has been happening in Ferguson have transcended his death. Now we have seen provocateur behavior, death of the first amendment, race baiters running to foment the public ire in a controlled manner this is bigger than a cop killing someone, either justifiably or unjustifiably.

  • nunya

    Man remember when journalism was about reporting the facts instead of reading a article where they say “i think….I think” woooow, I think your report is to help stir the pot some more not to inform

    • I don’t claim to be an unbiased news agency. Everything I write is an editorial.

      In this case, I think some pot stirring is exactly what’s called for. Look at my side bar articles.

      • Karen Kleber

        Your article is ridiculous, irrespective of whether it’s an editorial or not. If you were responsible you’d stay with the facts, whether they incite or not. This was my first time…needless to say it’s the last.

        • Rahsaan Hall

          You people speak of facts … No facts have come out but the witnesses statements and the cops statements . I just read an article that said that Mike Brown didn’t even steal the cigarillos and that is why the store never called the police . The argument was about something else . So what facts do you people speak of . It was also just reported that the cop did not have a fractured face . That was all hyperbole . But what’s to say that is true . We should wait until the investigation is up and all these things are brought to the forefront . There’s just a lot of speculation now ….

        • I think I portrayed the facts clearly. I’m willing to update or alter this article if new facts emerge.

          And since I own this site, I think I’m entitled to write my own theory about what happened. I clearly labeled my own theory as a theory, not fact. I’m willing to change my beliefs if new facts should emerge that contradict what we presently know.

  • Rahsaan Hall

    I’m going to tell you this . There is now way the cop was firing shots at this guy and he decided to run towards the gun … Some people are so hateful that they are stupid . No one hears shots and says “Let me go in that direction” . There’s no lack of stupidity in today’s age …