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    elwior, mwm341, jqb

    Really sad that hardly anyone else in the media has been making the all too obvoius point that shooting at a fleeing suspect in the first place is normally a crime.

    Beyond that, great job in using the interview of Michael Brady to show that when Brown "moved forward", it was because he was hit and stumbled a couple of steps.  I've not seen one witness named who even contradicted this. I've not seen one witness named who claims he "charged". James McKnight, quoted in the NY Times story, agrees pretty exactly with Brady:

    James McKnight, who also said he saw the shooting, said that Mr. Brown’s hands were up right after he turned around to face the officer.

    “I saw him stumble toward the officer, but not rush at him,” Mr. McKnight said in a brief interview.

    To the contrary, Dorian Johnson, Tiffany Mitchell, Michael Brady, and Piaget Crenshaw all seemed to me to believe that Brown was not a threat, and was giving himself up, when he was executed.

    I've only seen the one quote from McKnight so far, so I don't know his sentiment on that, but at the very least his account doesn't seem to contradict that in any way.  

    Also of interest, Brady's account says Wilson was "walking briskly while firing on Mr. Brown". If Brown, a severly wounded man, charged him, or if he was fearful he was too close to him, wouldn't it make sense to back away? No one that I've seen, not even Wilson so far, has claimed Wilson made any attempt to back off or move away.

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      gritsngumbo, Alhambra, snwflk

      The street has no traffic. Wilson backed up or drove to the  wrong side of the road separating the boys. (Remember the  boys were jaywalking which is quite different then walking in the middle of the street.) Wilson had moments to consider his actions at each point in this tragic event, whatever happened at the car window. Wilson got out of his car and walked to position himself before shooting with the both heads to steady the gun.

      A witness tells us Wilson shot then immediately returned to his car to drive it past Michael's body to a distance (maybe 20 yards) away and parked perpendicular to the road, front bumper to the curb and against oncoming traffic that would have had to pass Michael's body. Why? It would not block traffic; but it did give a full view of the body to people in the apartment building and the growing circle of shocked people. Consider the visual effect of this parking site because now the tragic scene reads differently to the viewers. He got out of the car.  (to wait?)

      The body lies in the street and Wilson does not move toward Michael's body to check for signs of life. Nor does Wilson search for a weapon, a phone, or identification. It appears he does not even speak to Michael's companion. Other cops arrive and stand with him or slowly walk around. As people begin to walk up to the scene and even after the numbers increase, Wilson and other cops stand around, they show no concern for their own safety.

      My father saw this happen often in the POW camp of WWII-the display of the dead. It is a clear sign of warning, symbolic threat to all survivors: "this will happen to you."

      Ferguson is an occupied community.

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