The Ferguson cop was beaten before he fired his gun and killed Michael Brown. The shooting set off days of protests in the city of Ferguson, Mo. This new information released by Fox News revealed that Michael Brown severely beat the police officer before the officer pulled out his gun and shot the man. Fox Nation reported on this new development on Aug. 20.
Darren Wilson is the Missouri officer involved in this shooting. The police department did not immediately release his identity to the press, but that changed in the days following the incident. Fox News released more details about Wilson's involvement in the Brown shooting on Wednesday. A source revealed that Michael Brown severely beat Officer Wilson in the moments before the shooting that ended his life. The source said the following about the injuries Darren Wilson received during his confrontation with Michael Brown:
"The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side. He was beaten very severely They ignored him and the officer started to get out of the car to tell them to move. They shoved him right back in, that’s when Michael Brown leans in and starts beating Officer Wilson in the head and the face."
This new detail does shed new light on the incident that triggered protests in the area over the last two weeks. Things escalated so much in the city that the governor of Missouri called in the National Guard to help authorities in the area keep the peace. Jay Nixon asked the National Guard to start withdrawing from the area on Thursday, according to The Los Angeles Times. The protests in the area have calmed in recent days, and the National Guard presence was low-key. They remained at a staging area in the city. The National Guard was present in case things escalated once again.
Protesters involved demanded the replacement of the prosecutor on the Michael Brown case. Buzz Westfall Justice Center was the site of a protest on Thursday. The protestors wanted St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch taken off the case. A petition with over 70,000 backed up the protest. Jamilah Nasheed, a state senator, helped deliver the petition. McCulloch did release a statement about the protestor's demands. He said the following:
"As I have stated repeatedly, I have no intention of walking away from the responsibilities and duties entrusted to me by the people of this community. Additionally, there is no basis in the law to do so. I have faithfully and fairly carried out those responsibilities and duties for more than two decades and will continue to do so for at least the next four years."
However, Jay Nixon revealed during an interview on Thursday night that he had no plans to remove McCulloch from his office. He will appoint a special prosecutor for the case though. Earlier in the week, he had not made this decision public.
This case has received attention across the nation and the world. The shooting on Aug. 9 and the protests in Ferguson sparked protests in other parts of the country. Eric Holder even visited the area on Wednesday, and the Justice Department is taking their own look into the incident. Egypt's foreign ministry even spoke out on the case, and the statement released asked Missouri police officers to show restraint.
Michael Brown's family will hold his funeral on Monday morning, according to People Magazine. More protests are planned for that day. Reverend Al Sharpton will speak at the funeral. This incident has received the attention of the world. With these new details about Darren Wilson's condition following his altercation with Michael Brown, it does show more about the events that surrounded Brown's death. The investigation on this incident is still ongoing, so more details could be released in the days ahead.