Although the death of Michael Brown is certainly a tragedy that might have been avoidable had certain circumstances not conspired to culminate in a shooting, there appears to be two distinct narratives concerning how those circumstances actually played out. There are also photos and videos regarding the incident, witness accounts, and police reports. The medical examiner made his report and an independent autopsy was conducted and produced the findings that Michael Brown had been shot at least six times. And those same two distinct narratives continue. But now there are two videos of the Michael Brown shooting, both filmed after the 18-year-old was shot. Each bolsters a different narrative -- but only one offers evidence that Officer Darren Wilson's account of events is accurate. It is the latter -- and the lack of actual footage of the shooting itself that will most likely see the Ferguson Police officer exonerated of any wrongdoing.
Yahoo TV reported Aug. 18 that a video taken on a cell phone camera by a Ferguson resident who witnessed the shooting was given to CNN exclusively. The video, along with the woman's story, would appear to support the narrative that Michael Brown was shot while running from or surrendering to the officer. (A third narrative, that Officer Darren Wilson shot a fleeing Brown in the back, has almost disappeared from any reasonable debate about the shooting incident.) The woman, Piaget Crenshaw, said she had waited to release the video because she feared for her safety and had only been waiting until Ferguson authorities had released the shooting officer's name. She said police had her video all along because they had confiscated her phone. She said they could have released the video the same day they released video footage from a surveillance camera that showed him during a strong-arm robbery at a convenience store shortley before he was shot and killed.
Explaining why she had started recording what was going on, Crenshaw told "New Day," “From it all initially happening, I knew this was not right."
But, as The Inquistr reported, there is another video that just may support the bum rush claim made by the Ferguson police officer. At about the 6:30 mark in the Brown shooting video (which can be found here), residents had gathered around a police-taped area and were staring at the body on the street. There is a conversation going on in the background from a witnesse to the shooting that indicates that the teen may have rushed Officer Darren Wilson.
Transcript from the Brown shooting video:
#1 How’d he get from there to there?
#2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck – cause he was like over the truck
#2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him
#2 Then the next thing I know he doubled back toward him cus – the police had his gun drawn already on him –
#1. Oh, the police got his gun
#2 The police kept dumpin’ on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like – but he kept coming toward him
#2 Police fired shots – the next thing I know – the police was missing
#1 The Police?
#2 The Police shot him
#2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about “he took it from him”)
Piaget Crenshaw told CNN she saw Michael Brown push the officer back into his car, saw the officer then give chase. She said she believed the officer then shot at Brown, who then turned. The officer then shot again multiple times.
Crenshaw said she ran and was gone for about 30 seconds to get her phone and took a video of the officer standing over the unmoving body of the teen. She said the officer looked shocked at what he had done.
She said she didn't see Michael Brown try to take the gun from Officer Wilson.
It should be noted that neither video of the Michael Brown shooting actually shows the shooting itself take place. However, given the officer's testimony, the account given by the unknown male in the video that was uploaded to YouTube of the shooting, the two autopsies that indicate that the teen could have been moving toward the officer when he was shot, and several witness' testimonies that back Wilson's statements, it would seem that charges against Wilson will not actualize. At least not with regard to murder...
A Grand Jury began hearing evidence in the Michael Brown shooting case on Aug. 20.
The unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, reads like a recurring national nightmare, one repeated every year or so in the wake of some act of violence meted out against a young black male, usually by a member of the local police department. From the Oscar Grant case in Oakland to the Trayvon Martin case in Florida, episodes of unrest occur when race relations finally reaching a tipping point. At times, the unrest is unquestionably justified. At times it is not -- and many times when it isn't, quite a few of those involved in the unrest are usually being used by the media and/or those with an agenda furthering their causes that play on racial animosity and disparity, the truth forgotten -- or conveniently ignored -- somewhere in the rush to prove some philosophical or ideological point.
The Michael Brown case could very well be one of the latter. But given generations of distrust of the police and the legal system by many in black communities such as that in Ferguson, it is debatable as to how many will accept the official version of the incident, especially if that version allows Officer Darren Wilson to walk away from the shooting without being charged.
But in the case of the Michael Brown shooting, it would appear that the young man may have made a very rash decision -- to confront the police officer instead of continuing to run from him. And that decision, unfortunately, could have cost him his life.