Quantcast
Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014

'Don't know' if Missouri teen shot with hands up

By Alan Scher Zagier, Associated Press

Published: Mon, Aug. 18 10:44 p.m. MDT

 A protester stands in the street after police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted to push them back by firing tear gas and shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful.

A protester stands in the street after police fired tear gas to disperse a crowd Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, during a protest for Michael Brown, who was killed by a police officer last Saturday in Ferguson, Mo. As night fell Sunday in Ferguson, another peaceful protest quickly deteriorated after marchers pushed toward one end of a street. Police attempted to push them back by firing tear gas and shouting over a bullhorn that the protest was no longer peaceful.

(Charlie Riedel, Associated Press)

FERGUSON, Mo. — An unarmed teenager whose fatal shooting by police has sparked rancorous protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that could indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, but "we don't know," a pathologist hired by the teen's family said Monday.

An independent autopsy determined that 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, the family's lawyers and hired pathologists said. Witnesses said Brown's hands were above his head when he was repeatedly shot Aug. 9 in Ferguson, where the governor called in the National Guard early Monday after police again used tear gas to quell protesters.

Forensic pathologist Shawn Parcells, who assisted former New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden during the private autopsy, said a bullet grazed Brown's right arm. He said the wound indicates the teen may have had his back to the shooter, or he could have been facing the shooter with his hands above his head or in a defensive position across his chest or face.

"We don't know," Parcells said. "We still have to look at the other (elements) of this investigation before we start piecing things together."

Brown's fatal shooting by a Ferguson police officer has heightened racial tensions between the predominantly black community and the mostly white police department. Another protest quickly deteriorated Sunday night as marchers pushed toward one end of a street, and authorities — who said they were responding to reports of gunfire, looting, vandalism and protesters who hurled Molotov cocktails — pushed them back with tear gas.

The streets were empty before a state-imposed midnight curfew, but hours later, Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to Ferguson. It was unclear when the troops may arrive, but Nixon said they would be under the direction of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which the governor has put in charge of overseeing the protests.

"These violent acts are a disservice to the family of Michael Brown and his memory and to the people of this community who yearn for justice to be served and to feel safe in their own homes," Nixon said in a statement.

Nixon lifted the neighborhood's midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew later Monday, two days after he declared a state of emergency.

But police arrested two men for disorderly conduct and failure to disperse after telling protesters they couldn't assemble in a single spot Monday afternoon. Officers said protesters had to keep moving per an order from the Highway Patrol. The arrests occurred outside a fast-food restaurant where protesters were moved after being told to leave a burned-out convenience store that has become a gathering spot since the unrest began.

A grand jury could begin hearing evidence Wednesday to determine whether the officer, Darren Wilson, should be charged in Brown's death, but it's unclear how long it may take, said Ed Magee, spokesman for St. Louis County's prosecuting attorney.

Family attorney Benjamin Crump said Brown's parents wanted the additional autopsy because they feared results of the county's examination could be biased. Crump declined to release copies of the report, and the county's autopsy report has not been released.

"They could not trust what was going to be put in the reports about the tragic execution of their child," he said during Monday's news conference with Parcells and Baden, who has testified in several high-profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

The second autopsy, Crump said, "verifies that the witness accounts were true: that he was shot multiple times."

Baden said one of the bullets entered the top of Brown's skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when he suffered that fatal injury. The pathologists said Brown, who also was shot four times in the right arm, could have survived the other bullet wounds.

Baden also said there was no gun-power residue on Brown's body, indicating he was not shot at close range. However, Baden said he did not have access to Brown's clothing, and that it was possible the residue could be on the clothing.

Crump also noted that Brown had abrasions on his face from where he fell to the ground, but there was "otherwise no evidence of a struggle."

Associated Press writers Jim Salter in St. Louis, David A. Lieb in Jefferson City, and Nigel Duara in Ferguson contributed to this report.

Related Stories
Recommended
1. Hoosier87
American Fork, UT,
Aug. 18, 2014

ENOUGH ALREADY!

The "teen" was shot because he thought he was getting busted for the assault he committed a few minutes earlier - when the police officer had no idea he even committed the crime. The teen was reacting that way to get away, so he wouldn't be caught for the assault.

I wanna know when I can go looting (I mean peaceful protesting)...

2. Crimen delSiglo
sandy, UT,
Aug. 18, 2014

hands up, hands down

it does not matter in so far as weeks (all in capital letters and not yelling) of violence

the local police replaced

state police replaced

national guard is called in

will the president call in the federal military

again the word "executed" is spoken as if killed is not sufficient

family doesn't trust the local coroner so they call in a private one

grief expressed in an irrational way is not acceptable

gone on too long and too far

quiet, quiet, peace, be still

3. FDRfan
Sugar City, ID,
Aug. 18, 2014

Does the family attorney think we will believe that the policeman drove by and pulled this man into the car so he could shoot him in the face?

4. RichardB
Murray, UT,
Aug. 18, 2014

If the 6'4" adult pushed him into his car, and tried to wrestle the gun from him, he was probably shot in the arm several times. Right handed, right arm. It would also explain the shot that hit in the top of the head, being below someone, and firing, causes the aim to be a little high. I have great skepticism over his lawyer and their own autopsy.

Just as great as the loss of life, is the inability for Black leaders to calm the masses, and organize the voters to oust the people they don't like, instead of robbing and looting.

I reserve judgment until the facts are released. It's to bad others do not see it that was. This is like the Traynor Martin shooting before the 2012 election. The media used pictures of him when he was 13 years old.

5. george of the jungle
goshen, UT,
Aug. 18, 2014

Since when does 2 wrongs make a right.