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  •  Regarding distance - consider stippling (2+ / 0-)
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    Dr. Baden mentions that if gunshot residue is found on Mike Brown's clothing, that could change the calculations about the distance from which the shots were fired.

    He didn't mention stippling and I imagine, though can't be sure, he would have if it was present. Generally speaking, the closer a shot is fired to bare skin, the more stippling would be present on the skin. Stippling looks like tiny circular black marks, almost like tiny tiny burn circles. It's the unburnt powder and some other particulates. Clothes and hair can screw up making determinations based on it, but I think usually 3 distances can be approximated: close, like nearly being shot while touched with the gun; intermediate, between close and about 2 1/2 feet out; then any farther out and you wouldn't see stippling.

    Mind you, I'm not a forensic scientist and this is going off my memory of the testimony and reports of such people and a quick google to make sure my memory was wildly inaccurate.

    •  Blood spatter on the pavement would tell something (7+ / 0-)

      too .. but I'm sure with Brown bleeding out that evidence was pretty much not available.  Leaving him in situ for 5 hours is simply a sign of gross contempt.


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      by polecat on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 08:07:23 AM PDT

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      •  That is so disturbing to me (3+ / 0-)
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        How long he was left there is one of the most disturbing to me.  I get that (if doing their jobs properly) there is a good amount of evidence that needs to be collected before the body can be moved, but that doesn't take FIVE hours.  And this isn't a huge town with too small of a police force from what I can tell, so what was the reasoning?  I live in a town 3x the size of Ferguson, and there is no way it would take that long to collect the victim from the offing street!

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        by arkansasblue on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 10:11:28 AM PDT

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    •  There's no way that competent investigators (1+ / 0-)
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      can be unsure enough that it would let the officer off. As long as theyre objective and capable at a high-level, it will be very apparent how close the shooter was from an examination of the clothes, and like someone else said, blood spatter analysis as well.

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      by GoGoGoEverton on Mon Aug 18, 2014 at 10:25:47 AM PDT

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