The DOJ report: “According to FPD records, at about 11:53 a.m., a dispatcher called out a “stealing in progress” at the address of Ferguson Market.” (Page 22)
Correct. That’s in the DOJ report: “Wilson reversed his vehicle and parked in a manner to block Brown and Witness 101 from walking any further.” (Page 13)
Correct. That’s in the DOJ report: “Brown, still with cigarillos in his hand, turned around and handed the items to Witness 101 using his left hand, telling Witness 101 ‘take these.’ Wilson used the opportunity to grab Brown’s right arm, but Brown used his left hand to twice punch Wilson’s jaw.” (Page 13)
Correct. But remember, the statement Wilson admitted to was “Michael Brown never tried to remove your gun FROM YOUR HOLSTER.” (caps for emphasis mine). That is corroborated by the DOJ report: “Wilson explained that his gun, located on his right hip, was his only readily accessible option.” [Page 13] But the DOJ report does note that they did tussle over the gun AFTER it was out of the holster: “Wilson withdrew his gun and pointed it at Brown. Wilson warned Brown to stop or he was going to shoot him. Brown stated, ‘You are too much of a pussy to shoot,’ and put his right hand over Wilson’s right hand, gaining control of the gun. Brown then maneuvered the gun so that it was pointed down at Wilson’s left hip.” (Pages 13 and 14)
Correct. That’s in the DOJ report: “Wilson explained that he did not carry a taser, and therefore, his options were mace, his flashlight, his retractable asp baton, and his firearm. Wilson’s mace was on his left hip and Wilson explained that he knew that the space within the SUV was too small to use it without incapacitating himself in the process. Wilson’s asp baton was located on the back of his duty belt.” (Page 13)
That’s not surprising given what’s in the DOJ report. “Brown placed his hands on the window frame of the driver’s door, and again Wilson told Brown to “get back.” To Wilson’s surprise, Brown then leaned into the driver’s window, so that his arms and upper torso were inside the SUV.” (Page 13)
From Page 6 of the DOJ report: “Wilson and other witnesses stated that Brown then reached into the SUV through the open driver’s window and punched and grabbed Wilson. This is corroborated by bruising on Wilson’s jaw and scratches on his neck, the presence of Brown’s DNA on Wilson’s collar, shirt, and pants, and Wilson’s DNA on Brown’s palm. While there are other individuals who stated that Wilson reached out of the SUV and grabbed Brown by the neck, prosecutors could not credit their accounts because they were inconsistent with physical and forensic evidence, as detailed throughout this report.”
Please read the DOJ report and do your own cross-referencing. And as you’re doing so, take note of how the questions are asked in the December deposition and what’s NOT asked. For instance, notice that the questioner never asked WHY Wilson didn’t roll up his window. Also notice that Wilson doesn’t volunteer any more information (at least as presented in the docket). Like any defendant, Wilson appears to be only admitting or denying the precise statement posed to him.
Legally “justified” and morally “justified” are two different things. Wilson was being judged legally. Given the DNA and ballistics evidence, Wilson was legally justified. Here’s a portion of that DNA evidence in the DOJ report: “Brown’s DNA was found both on the inside and outside of the driver’s side of the SUV. Brown is the source of DNA in blood found on the exterior of the passenger door of the driver’s side of the SUV. Likewise, a piece of Brown’s skin was recovered from the exterior of the driver’s door of the SUV, consistent with Brown sustaining injury while at that door. Brown is also the source of the major contributor of a DNA mixture found on the interior driver’s door handle of the SUV. A DNA mixture obtained from the top of the exterior of the driver’s door revealed a major mixture profile that is 6.9 million times more likely a mixture of DNA from Wilson and DNA from Brown than from Wilson and anyone else.” (Page 21)
As I wrote in my Michael Brown piece: “Yet this does not diminish the importance of the real issues unearthed in Ferguson by Brown’s death. Nor does it discredit what has become the larger “Black Lives Matter.” In fact, the false Ferguson narrative stuck because of concern over a distressing pattern of other police killings of unarmed African American men and boys around the time of Brown’s death. Eric Garner was killed on a Staten Island street on July 17. John Crawford III was killed in a Wal-Mart in Beavercreek, Ohio, on Aug. 5, four days before Brown. Levar Jones survived being shot by a South Carolina state trooper on Sept. 4. Tamir Rice, 12 years old, was killed in a Cleveland park on Nov. 23, the day before the Ferguson grand jury opted not to indict Wilson. Sadly, the list has grown longer.”
Correct. I’m not just taking Wilson at his word. The DNA and ballistics evidence in the DOJ report is the deciding factor for me. Please read the DOJ report.