Monday, August 18, 2014

Comparing Michael Brown Autopsy to Witness Statement

This is super rough and based on what little we know as regards autopsy
Forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden performed a rush autopsy on Michael Brown August 17, 2014 on the request of the Brown family and Attorney Benjamin Crump.  Nothing on the autopsy coincides with the testimony of witness Darion Johnson, the man who was with Brown when the fatal altercation with Officer Darren Wilson occurred, except seeing blood on Michael Brown's shirt when the gun went off inside Officer Wilson's car.  Certainly not the dramatic shot to the back while Brown was running.  Baden said one of the bullets likely entered, left, and reentered the body up to five times.   In MY OPINION, if Brown's hands were UP, the bullet could not possibly have traveled through his arm to his right chest area, as is indicated on the diagram. Baden never indicates Brown was shot in the chest.  1- enter upper arm-exit upper arm 2 enter right chest area. Another bullet entered eye, traveled to jaw and neck (although I am not sure the latter would be considered entering and exiting).  We don't know if the bullet wound in his hand was from inside the officer's car because that information has not been released.  If this was a close range shot, I'm going to wager he was shot in the hand trying to get the officer's gun.
 Johnson says he was within arm’s reach of both Brown and the officer. He looked over at Brown and saw blood pooling through his shirt on the right side of the body.
“The whole time [the officer] was holding my friend until the gun went off,” Johnson noted.
Brown and Johnson took off running together. There were three cars lined up along the side of the street. Johnson says he ducked behind the first car, whose two passengers were screaming. Crouching down a bit, he watched Brown run past.
“Keep running, bro!,” he said Brown yelled. Then Brown yelled it a second time. Those would be the last words Johnson’s friend, “Big Mike,” would ever say to him.
Brown made it past the third car. Then, “blam!” the officer took his second shot, striking Brown in the back. At that point, Johnson says Brown stopped, turned with his hands up and said “I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!”
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...
Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.
The bullets did not appear to have been shot from very close range because no gunpowder was present on his body. However, that determination could change if it turns out that there is gunshot residue on Mr. Brown’s clothing, to which Dr. Baden did not have access.
This statement by Baden is very troubling because Brown was not wearing anything on his hands or head and most of his arm was exposed.  He was wearing a t-shirt. With his hands UP, the wound to his upper arm would not have traveled to his chest. He could easily see gunshot residue if it was there.