Wilson-Brown Grand Jury Findings

Preliminary Thoughts on the Grand Jury Investigation of Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Darren Wilson’s Shooting of Michael Brown

By Ken K. Gourdin

I would like to take a closer look at the grand jury’s findings in the case of Ferguson, Mo. Police Officer Darren Wilson’s shooting of Michael Brown. However, based on the prosecutor’s summation of the evidence and news coverage of the case, here are a few of my preliminary observations:

* The forensic evidence indicates that Michael Brown was inside Officer Darren Wilson’s patrol car at one point, and that Wilson fired at least one round inside the car.
* Although the media reported that Officer Wilson did not know about the convenience store robbery that occurred before Officer Wilson’s shooting of Brown, the grand jury’s findings indicate that Officer Wilson did know about the robbery and that Brown matched the general description of the robbery suspect provided by Officer Wilson’s dispatcher.
* While we don’t know specifics of the racial composition of the grand jury, it is reasonable to conclude that at least some African Americans served on it.
* The grand jury proceedings in this case included 70 hours of testimony, 60 witnesses, and 25 days of testimony, evidence examination, and deliberation.
* Witness testimony that contradicted Officer Wilson’s version of events was inconsistent.
* Several witnesses whose testimony corroborated that of Officer Wilson are African American.
* The forensic evidence corroborates Officer Wilson’s contention that Michael Brown turned and was charging at Officer Wilson when Wilson fired several of the shots that hit Brown.
* The forensic evidence does not support the contention of several witnesses that Brown was shot in the back.

About kenngo1969

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