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In Ferguson, Never Mind

(L to R) Michael Brown, Sr., and the Rev. Al Sharpton at public rally; lawyer Benjamin Crump leads call-and-response, "Hands up, don't shoot" Youth Radio/Flickr

This is huge. From the Washington Post:

Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed teenager Michael Brown after they fought for control of the officer’s gun and after Brown moved toward Wilson as they faced off in the street, according to interviews, news accounts and the full report of the St. Louis County autopsy of Brown’s body.

Because Wilson is white and Brown was black, the case has ignited intense debate over how police interact with African American men. But more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9, according to several people familiar with the investigation who spoke with The Washington Post.

Some of the physical evidence — including blood spatter analysis, shell casings and ballistics tests — also supports Wilson’s account of the shooting, the Post sources said, which cast Brown as an aggressor who threatened the officer’s life. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because they are prohibited from publicly discussing the case.

Here, from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, is a PDF of the complete county autopsy report. And here is a link to the P-D’s full report on the latest. There was THC in Brown’s system, suggesting he was high when he went for Officer Wilson’s gun.

Well, that doesn’t fit the narrative. Was all that rioting, all that protest, for nothing? I suppose everybody’s going to be admitting they were wrong, and apologizing now. Just watch. Any moment now.

(N.B., that still doesn’t make the overly militarized police response justifiable in retrospect, but still.)

UPDATE: There’s this strange sentiment among some commenters that if one believes that the Ferguson riots were unjustified, and these autopsy reports show that, that somehow one also endorses police brutality and racism. Makes. No. Sense.

about the author

Rod Dreher is a senior editor at The American Conservative. He has written and edited for the New York Post, The Dallas Morning News, National Review, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Washington Times, and the Baton Rouge Advocate. Rod’s commentary has been published in The Wall Street Journal, Commentary, the Weekly Standard, Beliefnet, and Real Simple, among other publications, and he has appeared on NPR, ABC News, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, and the BBC. He lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with his wife Julie and their three children. He has also written four books, The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, Crunchy Cons, How Dante Can Save Your Life, and The Benedict Option.

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