Since the police shooting death of 18-year-old Michael “Mike” Brown on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo., the family and protesters alike have been awaiting movement on the case. On Friday, officer Darren Wilson‘s account of what occurred that day between he and Brown went public and could lead to more speculation.
The New York Times ran a piece Friday detailing Wilson’s four-hour testimony in front of St. Louis County grand jury in September, noting that he was not required by law to do so. In his testimony, Wilson claims he and Brown got into a struggle over his service weapon which led to the gun going off twice inside the vehicle and striking Brown once.
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This is the first public account of Officer Wilson’s testimony to investigators, but it does not explain why, after he emerged from his vehicle, he fired at Mr. Brown multiple times. It contradicts some witness accounts, and it will not calm those who have been demanding to know why an unarmed man was shot a total of six times. Mr. Brown’s death continues to fuel anger and sometimes-violent protests.
The nearest eyewitness to what happened was Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, who has maintained that Wilson was the aggressor from the onset and the situation escalated as a result. Other eyewitnesses have come forward, but their accounts vary from calling Wilson the instigator, to not being able to make out exactly what was happening before the shooting.