(KPLR)-The New York Times has published an account of the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson. The 18-year-old was shot on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. A prayer vigil one day later turned into a demonstration seeking justice for Brown's death. Later, looting broke out. The police response to the looting drew in the attention of the nation.
It is the first time we are hearing details from what is reportedly the story given by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson and some of the physical evidence tied to the case.
The New York Times says they got the information from justice department sources in Washington with access to the same evidence being presented to the grand jury here in St. Louis.
The paper reports that Darren Wilson says he was pinned in his vehicle, fearing for his life as he was in a struggle with Michael Brown for his gun. The report, published online late Friday night, says that in the struggle for the weapon, it went off twice. One of the shots went into the car, and the other hit Michael Brown in the arm. Brown's blood, according to forensics obtained by the Times, was found on Darren Wilson’s gun.
What the story does not detail, however, is what happened after Brown was out of the police vehicle or what specifically led to Wilson shooting brown five more times. That rather large hole in the timeline continues to be a big part of what is fueling the anger of demonstrators. There have been numerous, conflicting witness accounts of what happened, some of which indicate brown was surrendering, others saying he was continuing to advance on Wilson as the shots were fired.
The New York Times sources say at this point there is not enough evidence to charge Wilson with violating brown's civil rights, a charge where prosecutors have to meet a very high bar in court.
The paper did contact the lawyer for Brown's family, who expresses skepticism about Wilson’s story. Saying it should not be taken as gospel. He says Wilson is going to tell investigators whatever he has to “to justify the shooting of an unarmed kid.”
Read the full article from the New York Times here.