Mike Brown was shot at least six times, and twice in the head, revealed an independent autopsy ordered by the family. Brown, 18, was gunned down just over a week ago by Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson.
From the New York Times:
One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.
Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.
The bullets did not appear to have been shot from very close range because no gunpowder was present on his body. However, that determination could change if it turns out that there is gunshot residue on Mr. Brown’s clothing, to which Dr. Baden did not have access.
According to pathologist Dr. Baden, only three bullets were recovered from Brown’s corpse.“People have been asking: How many times was he shot? This information could have been released on Day 1,” Baden told the Times after performing the autopsy. “They don’t do that, even as feelings built up among the citizenry that there was a cover-up. We are hoping to alleviate that.”
One of the bullet wounds, Baden said, shows that Brown’s head was “bent downward” when he was hit. However, Baden has not seen x-rays to identify where the bullets were found in order to clarify autopsy findings. “We need more information; for example, the police should be examining the automobile to see if there is gunshot residue in the police car,” Baden said.
Attorney General Eric Holder has ordered a second autopsy on Brown’s body at the request of the family, and “given the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case.”
Unrest in Ferguson continued over the weekend. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has imposed a curfew for the area.
Police reportedly fired smoke and tear gas at demonstrators during protests late Sunday (Aug. 17). “I did 10 years in the military, I know what it is when [tear gas is] hitting my eyes,” said Lisha Williams who told CNN that the protest was peaceful. “We simply marched up to their command center to say ‘hands up, don’t shoot’ and they started shooting. ”
A CNN reporter says shots were fired at police as well.
Click below to see the autopsy report.
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