Michael Brown autopsy — not shot in the back [Darleen Click]
From the pathologist hired by the Brown family.
Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found.
One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.
Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.
At this point, all witnesses who claim Brown was shot in the back should be dismissed from the investigation as not credible.
Dr. Baden provided a diagram of the entry wounds, and noted that the six shots produced numerous wounds. Some of the bullets entered and exited several times, including one that left at least five different wounds.
“This one here looks like his head was bent downward,” he said, indicating the wound at the very top of Mr. Brown’s head. “It can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer.”
He stressed that his information does not assign blame or justify the shooting.
“We need more information; for example, the police should be examining the automobile to see if there is gunshot residue in the police car,” he said.
Dr. Baden, 80, is a well-known New York-based medical examiner, who is one of only about 400 board-certified forensic pathologists in the nation. He reviewed the autopsies of both President John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and has performed more than 20,000 autopsies himself.
There is also a video made immediately after the shooting that captures an eye witness describing Brown charging the police officer which the autopsy apparently supports.
Of course, the new narrative is that even if Brown was shot from the front, the officer used too many bullets and, therefore, needs to be arrested for murder right now. We even have the Brown’s family attorney is disregarding his own pathologist by concluding that the two head shots are “proof” that the officer executed Brown as he was kneeling in surrender.
(any wonder that only 20% of people rank lawyers as highly honest and ethical?)
The FUBAR in Ferguson is not being helped by such unfounded and incendiary accusations.
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