An eyewitness overheard in a video shot in the moments immediately following the controversial police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, appears to claim that the unarmed teen bum-rushed the officer, a detail which would possibly justify the officer’s use of lethal force.
The man can be heard in the background of a video giving an unfiltered account of the incident to another person, as Brown’s body lays in the street. Again, the notable conversation takes place in the background.
As it is difficult to make out, various Internet sleuths have collaborated to create transcripts of what the man is saying. Here’s one version:
1 How’d he get from there to there?
#2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck – cause he was like over the truck
#2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him
#2 Then the next thing I know he coming back toward him cus – the police had his gun drawn already on him –
#1. Oh, the police got his gun
#2 The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like – but he kept coming toward him
The video of the conversation is important because it captures the man speaking in an unguarded manner, with the events still fresh in his mind, and no political or racial agenda to influence his perspective.
The man’s account is probably the closest to the truth we will ever get because he was not prompted to give an interview, but instead spoke candidly among neighbors, thus giving a clearer picture of how the shooting went down.
If the man is referring to Brown rushing toward the officer, it would corroborate the story as told by an alleged friend of Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson’s, who claimed Brown reacted aggressively when approached by the officer.
The original video upload of the footage was allegedly scrubbed from Youtube, “probably at the behest of the surrounding black community who are under pressure to maintain a very specific narrative,” speculates The Conservative Treehouse.
Since the video surfaced, it has been reported that at least 12 other eyewitnesses corroborate Officer Wilson’s version of events.
A Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey also revealed only 23 percent of blacks believe Wilson should be “found guilty of murder,” even though the events are unclear, with a larger portion, 26 percent, believing Wilson acted in self defense. 51 percent are still undecided.