On Monday, Western Journalism posted a widely read story about new forensic evidence that’s a game-changer for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, the lawman who shot and killed Michael Brown.
The essence of that evidence — Brown’s blood was found on Wilson’s gun, uniform, and police cruiser. This supports Wilson’s version of events — that Michael Brown reached into the patrol car and tried to wrestle the officer’s gun away. Brown was said to have been shot once during the scuffle.
The wounded teen then took off, Wilson reportedly emerged from the police vehicle, and the ensuing confrontation left Brown dead in the street of multiple gunshots.
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The disclosure of that “blood” evidence — apparently from unnamed insiders familiar with the ongoing federal civil rights investigation into the controversial case — came in a rather strangely timed New York Times report. The reason for that report is now being addressed by the former police chief in St. Louis, of which Ferguson is a suburb.
KSDK-TV reports that the former top cop believes more information about the federal as well as the state investigations of the racially charged incident will be leaked out piece by piece.
Why? To prepare the Ferguson community — and especially the insistent protestors and angry activists who have demanded officer Wilson be charged with murder — in the likely event that no charges will be filed against him:
Former St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch believes more information will be leaked out to the media by a government source.
Fitch says this strategy has been used before, “Assuming that the article is correct my belief is that there will be future articles written as probably from the same federal source that will let out a little information each time as it gets closer to the actual announcement of the verdict or charges or no charges.”
Meantime, mailonline.com has an exclusive interview with Michael Brown’s aunt, whose feelings of extreme bitterness bleed through her every word in reaction to the New York Times story. It’s the kind of emotionally charged rhetoric that has fueled the street violence so often seen in the wake of the Brown shooting:
Speaking to MailOnline [Sheryl] Davis said: “It’s murder and they will feel and see the wrath of God’s vengeance come upon them in a mighty way, just as he promised all who do evil in his sight.”
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