We’ve all heard the story: Mike Brown was a thug who robbed a convenience store and when approached, attempted to take a police officer’s weapon, which led to his death. But what if that was not the true story?
According to the Washington Post, Wilson made several admissions during a hearing for a Wrongful death lawsuit brought by Brown’s family.
Excerpts from the story below:
The court filing, added to the civil suit docket on Dec. 28, includes 173 “admissions” from Wilson in response to declarative statements from attorneys for the family of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old man who Wilson shot and killed during a confrontation in August 2014.
Asked if he has made a racist remark while on-duty as an officer, Wilson responded through his attorney that “I have repeated a racist remark made by someone else, but I have not made a racist remark against another individual while on duty as a police officer.”
The article adds a key point that casts doubt on the entire public rationale for the shooting (emphasis added):
Among additional pieces of information, Wilson says that at some point he instructed Brown to “get the f— back.” Wilson also denies grabbing Brown by the teen’s clothing, but admits that at some point he reached through the car window and grabbed Brown by the arm.
Wilson then fired his weapon, striking Brown in the hand and prompting Brown to run away. Wilson said that Brown then doubled back to charge him, prompting him to shoot several more times. Witnesses, and supporters of the Brown family, however, have alleged that Brown was surrendering to Wilson when the fatal shots were fired.
In light of this new information, we have to ask this question: who provoked the confrontation to begin with? Did Mike Brown reach into the car, as originally alleged? Or did Darren Wilson grab Brown first? That is an important question. Because if Wilson provoked the confrontation, the entire public defense for the shooting falls apart.
This goes along with another report that questions the convenience store incident as well. Surveillance video featured in the new documentary Stranger Fruit allegedly shows that Brown did not rob or strongarm the convenience store, like we were told. From The Grio:
In the footage, Brown appears to be giving a small bag, purportedly containing marijuana, to the employees, who give him two boxes of cigarillos in return. The teen starts to walk away with them but then comes back and returns it to one of the clerks behind the counter.
The new information that we have should make us reexamine the entire incident and the public reports that followed. We still don’t know who was innocent or guilty in this tragic situation. But what this should make us all do is stop, think, and take another look at everything.
This also means that there are a lot of people who were on the “defend Darren Wilson at all costs, all lives matter” hysteria train that owe some apologies. Ironically they did what they always claim that people on the other side do: rush to judgment.