A preliminary private autopsy report finds that Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, was shot multiple times. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The family of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was shot and killed by white police officer Darren Wilson last week in Ferguson, Missouri, released the findings of a preliminary private autopsy report on Monday (August 18). At a news conference, Dr. Michael Baden and Professor Shawn Parcells said that Brown was shot at least six times in the arm, neck and head. "And what does this preliminary autopsy tell us?" asked Benjamin Crump, the Brown family's lawyer. "It verifies that the witness accounts were true that he was shot multiple times," Police have given few details of Wilson's version of the account of the shooting, which happened on August 9th, prompting daily rioting and racially charged protests. The officer remains in hiding. Police say he has been threatened. According to police, Brown and a friend were walking down the middle of a road that runs between some apartment complexes when Wilson asked the two to move off the road and onto a sidewalk. They said Wilson said Brown reached into a patrol car and struggled for his service gun when Wilson fired the initial shot. Brown's friend Dorian Johnson, 22, and at least one other witness said Wilson had reached out through his car window to grab at Brown and that the teenager was trying to get away when he was shot. Brown held up his hands in a sign of surrender but Wilson got out of his patrol car and shot him several more times, they said. An online petition is calling for the firing of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson, who refused to identify Wilson as the officer involved until five days after the incident. President Barack Obama is meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday afternoon to discuss the Ferguson situation, his office said. Both the U.S. Department of Justice and St. Louis County Police are investigating the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Holder has ordered a federal autopsy of Brown's body, seeking to assure the family and community there will be a thorough investigation.