At long last, evidence the St. Louis County Grand Jury saw in the case against Darren Wilson has been released to the public.
But taking Officer Wilson’s story at face value one might have to agree that the officer felt threatened enough to fire on a shoplifting suspect. If a person goes for a police officer’s weapon that’s pretty much asking to be shot, because officers are taught to react. Only three people know the truth; Brown is dead and that leaves only Johnson and Officer Wilson, himself.
If, however, you were to think on the points of the story told by Officer Wilson for longer than say, three seconds, you might start to gain an entirely different perspective because the details of his story are bizarre.
As Wilson has testified, it was the middle of his shift on August 9, 2014, when a call came over the radio about a theft in progress at a local market. Dispatch described two African-American males, one wearing a black shirt. After the call came out over the radio, Officer Wilson came upon two males jaywalking down Canfield Drive. Officer Wilson said two cars had to drive around the pair because they wouldn’t move. Dorian Johnson said they weren’t disrupting traffic in any way.
This is when Officer Wilson has his first encounter with Brown. He claims he asked the two to move onto the sidewalk, saying:
Hey guys, why don’t you walk on the sidewalk?
Dorian Johnson claims Officer Wilson said it much more rudely than that, saying that the officer’s words were:
Get the f*ck on the sidewalk.
Already we see Officer Wilson painting himself as an angel.
Dorian Johnson told Wilson they were almost to their destination. Mike Brown, a person who had just stolen from a store, as testified by Officer Wilson, said to the officer:
F*ck what you have to say.
Now, I’m not saying Officer Wilson is outright lying, but that just doesn’t jive for me. Why would Brown, a kid who had just signed up for vocational training classes, challenge the officer like that when he knew he was already guilty of a secondary crime?
Johnson’s testimony reveals that Brown didn’t say anything to Officer Wilson at all, which makes much more sense, seeing as though he was guilty of a crime.
The testimony by Officer Wilson goes on to reveal that at that point he backed up his car and said to Brown:
Come here, kid.
Wilson testified that Brown replied:
What the f*ck you gonna do?
According to both testimonies, Officer Wilson never mentioned the cigarillos, nor was any direction or question given.
Now, this is where the two stories really start to split and Officer Wilson’s account just gets, well, bizarre.
Officer Wilson says he was driving off after being challenged by Brown. He then noticed the cigarillos in Brown’s hand and says it clicked in his head that this was the guy who had just stolen from the Ferguson Market. He says he reversed quickly.
Dorian Johnson says he reversed so quickly that if they hadn’t heard the tires screech they would have almost been hit by the police cruiser, but they had time to jump out of the way. The two were standing side by side; Wilson had his vehicle pulled up at an angle so they were face to face with him on the driver’s side.
This is Darren Wilson’s Testimony:
I was doing the, just scrambling, trying to get his arms out of my face and him from grabbing me and everything else. He turned to his… if he’s at my vehicle, he turned to his left and handed the first subject. He said, ‘here, take these.’ He was holding a pack of — several packs of cigarillos which was just, what was stolen from the Market Store was several packs of cigarillos. He said, ‘here, hold these’ and when he did that I grabbed his right arm trying just to control something at that point. Um, as I was holding it, and he came around, he came around with his arm extended, fist made, and went like that straight at my face with his… a full swing from his left hand.
And now we’re back in Bizzaro Land.
Wouldn’t Brown handing off cigarillos buy Wilson enough time to stop an attack? Brown is attacking a cop but really concerned about not breaking his shoplifted cigarillos? Does this actually make sense to anyone? Instead, Wilson’s testimony reads like he waited for Mike Brown to hand off his stolen cigars and then let him punch him some more.
Dorian Johnson tells a different story. He said that Officer Wilson pulled so close to Brown and him that they were almost by his vehicle. Dorian claims to be standing to the right of Brown, not the left like in Wilson’s version. Then Brown says something inaudible to Officer Wilson and Johnson claims Officer Wilson tried to open his door but it bounced off of Brown and shut back. This is when Johnson says he saw Officer Wilson’s hand reach through the window and pull Mike Brown in by his neck.
Here is his testimony:
Johnson says neither Officer Wilson nor his friend are able to calm down and both look angry.
Perhaps Officer Wilson should have called a Catholic Priest. That reference bothers me. For starters, an appeal to religion like that probably spoke to a few jurors if they had religious backgrounds. He’s trying to appeal to white jurors with a subconscious racial bias at the least who can imagine the fear an angry, big black man can induce in a poor, tiny (6’4″) white guy. It’s sickening, really.
At this point, Wilson is claiming Brown is full-on attacking him and he’s fighting for his life. Wilson said before he ever drew his gun Brown was punching him in the face.
Here is Officer Wilson’s face the same day in a picture taken at the hospital. It’s a little swollen but doesn’t look like he was in a “fight for his life.” I’m not claiming to know how he felt, it’s just people who are in violent altercations usually have more than swelling and tiny scrapes.
Johnson claims Brown was trying to pull away from the officer but Brown never made a fist. Johnson says he saw Wilson pull Brown full force back into the vehicle’s window but Brown had a better position and was putting up a good fight trying to get away.
Wilson claims Brown went for his gun.
In fact Wilson claims Brown even tried to force the trigger.
Dorian says otherwise:
Officer Wilson says he drew the gun on Brown but Brown grabbed the gun with his right hand and twisted it towards Officer Wilson’s hip.
Johnson claimed the officer was holding onto his friend’s right arm while Brown struggled to get away. When he heard Officer Wilson say he would shoot, Johnson assumed he meant a taser. As the struggle ensued, Dorian said the gun was drawn inside the vehicle, but that Brown had both his hands outside the vehicle and was pulling the officer’s left side with him while Wilson had the gun drawn with his right.
This is where Wilson says Brown challenged him yet again.
“You are too much of a p***y to shoot me.”
A detail missing from Johnson’s testimony. He claims Brown never said that.
Again, why would someone who was never raised around real violence, who had never been in a fight with an officer before in his life, who had never had a gun pointed at him threateningly, say that? It just screams fabrication in my mind. I’m sure it paints a certain picture in a juror’s mind.
Remember, Officer Wilson has everything to lose if he’s indicted and Dorian Johnson has nothing to lose. Johnson wasn’t even a long time friend of Brown.
Officer Wilson says he pulled the trigger of his gun two times, but only “clicked” while inside the vehicle. The gun shot after the third try. He claims that after Brown was shot he just stood there and moved to attack again? Is this a movie? Johnson’s statement just seems more realistic. Wilson says he then pulled the trigger a fourth time, and once again, did not fire. Officer Wilson claims he fired the second successful shot with the fifth pull of the trigger.
After the first shot was fired Johnson said Officer Wilson let go of Brown and they both took off on foot. Johnson hid behind a car but Brown ran past him, saying:
Keep running, bro!
Now, Officer Wilson is claiming Brown tried to attack him again after being shot, but does that sound right? Don’t people usually want to take flight when a gun is fired directly at them? Remember the officer had let go of Brown, so now he’s free to point and shoot some more at Brown. Would it be a good idea to keep attacking?
What is known is at some point Brown ran away.
If Johnson’s story is to be believed, Brown was quite a distance from Officer Wilson when he fired off a second shot. No longer a threat to Officer Wilson’s life; this is Wilson shooting a shoplifting suspect.
When Brown was quite a distance away, he stopped and turned around.
Officer Wilson claims he was reaching in his waistband and thought Brown was going for a weapon.
We all know of course, Brown did not have a weapon.
Johnson said when Brown turned to face the officer he thought it was because he was shot again. When he turned, he still had his angry face on.
Big Mike shouted,”I don’t have a gun!”
Johnson said Brown then repeated “I don’t have a —” when the rest of the shots hit him. Four more shots to be exact, although Officer Wilson unloaded 12 shots at the unarmed teenager.
In Officer Wilson’s version:
And that’s when Officer Wilson unloaded on Michael Brown. He said Brown’s head was the last thing he saw and the last thing at which he shot.
The autopsy shows that Brown was only shot once at close range. Presumably, the first shot fired while Brown was struggling with Officer Wilson.
Officer Wilson’s story sounds more designed to give him probable cause to kill Brown while Johnson’s paints a scared and aggressive police officer; it’s not to say that the story couldn’t happen the way Officer Wilson describes, because bizarre things happen everyday. Abnormal behavior can occur; not all people are good, and Michael Brown in his parents’ own words said, “He was no angel.” It’s just that Officer Wilson’s story doesn’t paint a realistic picture of what happened, while Johnson seems to be recounting an exact memory.
Now, granted memories play tricks, but at least Johnson’s account didn’t sound like they came straight from Bizzaro Land.