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
- #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 —
- #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
- #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.