On Monday, St. Louis Dispatch crime reporter Christine Byers issued a tweet saying that over a dozen witnesses have corroborated the Darren Wilson's version of the Ferguson shooting in which 18-year-old Michael Brown was killed.
"Police sources tell me more than a dozen witnesses have corroborated cop's version of events in shooting," she said. Wilson has not spoken publicly about the shooting, Jason Howerton said at The Blaze, but a person identifying herself as a friend told Dana Loesch that Brown charged Wilson before the shooting. A background discussion discovered on a video taken just after the shooting also reveals that Brown charged Wilson.
“Michael and his friend turn around. And Michael taunts him," the caller told Loesch. "And then all the sudden he just started bumrushing him. He just started coming at him full speed. And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something,” the caller added. “The final shot was in the forehead, and then he fell about two or three feet in front of the officer.”
The caller also said Wilson fired only after Brown attacked him. According to the account, Brown pushed Wilson into his patrol car, punching him in the face. Reports say Wilson suffered an orbital blowout fracture to his eye socket. County poice had said Wilson's face was swollen as a result of the attack.
The accounts also appear to be supported by autopsies performed on Brown's body, which revealed that all of the shots were fired from Brown's front. The autopsy also revealed Brown had marijuana in his system.
It's uncertain, however, if the facts in the incident will matter to a number of people. Earlier Tuesday, we reported that a protester held a sign saying "ISIS here." Despite links, photos and clear video evidence, a number of people responded on Facebook by saying the report was false. Many responding to Byers' tweet refused to believe her report, or were apparently far too willing to believe the narrative that Wilson shot Brown in cold blood as he was on his knees with his hands in the air.
"Convenient considering no one has heard the cop's version," one person said, apparently unaware that the story has been released. "Where is the incident report?"
"They were not there at the scene," another person claimed. "Stop lying."
At this stage, however, it's unclear that many would even accept a real-time video of the shooting, were it to be produced. One person on Twitter responded by telling Byers that "[f]acts currently don't matter."