Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Michael Brown shooting: Missouri; Family says autopsy confirms witnesses account - but New York Times story points to still unanswered questions: Was there a struggle, and was Michael Brown struck as he ran away from the police officer.

STORY: "Family of Michael Brown says autopsy confirmed witness account," by reporter Ashley Southall,  published by the New York Times on August 18, 2014.

GIST:  "Daryl Parks, another lawyer for the family, said the autopsy proved that the officer should have been arrested. The bullet that killed Mr. Brown entered the top of his head and came out through the front at an angle that suggested his head was facing downward when he was killed, Mr. Parks said. What the autopsy did not show was what Mr. Brown was doing at the moment he was struck in the head. “Why would he be shot in the very top of his head, a 6-foot-4 man?” he said. “It makes no sense. And so that’s what we have. That’s why we believe that those two things alone are ample for this officer to be arrested.”.........The report left some questions unanswered, including whether there had been a struggle between the teenager and the police officer. Dr. Baden said he needed to examine the clothes Mr. Brown was wearing and to gain access to a medical examination of the officer conducted shortly after the shooting. Another outstanding question was whether Mr. Brown was struck as he ran away from the police officer. Prof. Shawn L. Parcells, a pathologist assistant based in Kansas who assisted Dr. Baden, said that one of the wounds on Mr. Brown’s arm could have been caused by a bullet fired from in front or behind."

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