You may recall the situation in Ferguson, Missouri. A police officer allegedly killed an unarmed man as he attempted to flee, sparking looting, protests and riots. Now, a new witness has come forward and corroborated the story that the deceased man, Michael Brown, had his hands up during his final moments.
According to the Daily Mail, a man who witnessed the shooting, who asked not to be identified, told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch Brown was running from the officer with his hands up when he was shot. He said he moved toward the officer, Darren Wilson, but it wasn’t clear if he was doing so in a “stumble to the ground” or “OK, I’m going to get you, you’re already shooting me.”
“I don’t know if he was going after him or if he was falling down to die,” he reportedly said. “It wasn’t a bull rush.”
As noted in the report, the man said he heard a gunshot and turned to see Brown running from Wilson’s police car. He said the officer was 10 to 15 feet behind and pursued him.
According to the story, the witness said Wilson fired another shot at Brown, who had his back to him, about 90 feet from the car. Brown allegedly stumbled at that time. The man said Brown turned around with his hands up and repeatedly said “OK.”
“He’s kind of walking back toward the cop,” the witness reportedly said.
That’s when the cop moved back and opened fire, according to the witness.
Meanwhile, as noted in the report, several witnesses have also said they saw Brown with his hands up. None have mentioned him rushing toward Wilson.