The autopsy on Michael Brown, the Ferguson teenager whose shooting has sparked more than a week of demonstrations, riots, and tens of thousands of words of commentary does not appear to me to be consistent with a “fleeing felon” scenario:
“There were at least six entry wounds, there might have been seven, but we’ll have to correlate that with what was found in the first autopsy,” he said. The first autopsy was conducted by the St. Louis County Medical Examiner’s office. The U.S. Justice Department announced Sunday that it ordered its own autopsy.
(Ferguson update: Missouri governor deploys National Guard after clashes).
Dr. Baden said all of the gunshots were fired toward the front of Mr. Brown’s body. The results of the autopsy were first reported by the New York Times.
but with one of self-defense on the part of the police officer. It sounds to me as though either the officer is a pretty good shot or a very bad one.
I think the whole story is very sad with lots of blame and recriminations to go around however I wonder if those who’ve hinged their views on the image of a fleeing unarmed teen will be chastened by the autopsy’s findings. I’m guessing not.
For those who believe that the sad events were completely fomented by a mostly-black population and a mostly-white police force, what do you think should change? Keep in mind that until 2000 Ferguson was mostly white and it is only now mostly black. Do you think that:
- The population of Ferguson should have been mandated to remain white, consistent with its white police force.
- The police force should have been mandated to be mostly black consistent with the population it was now serving despite work rules governing hiring and firing.
- Some other solution and if so what?