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August 18, 2014 - 11:15 am

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A renowned forensic pathologist who conducted a second autopsy on the body of 18-year-old Michael Brown said the teen was shot multiple times with “survivable” wounds but was felled by a shot to the top of the head.

“There weren’t signs of a struggle. In talking about a struggle, one of the things that the attorneys have also asked for is the medical examination of the officer who was in a struggle. So signs of injury to the officer, to Michael Brown, are both needed,” Dr. Michael Baden said a press conference with the attorneys for the Brown family.

Baden, who was chief medical examiner in New York City for 25 years, conducted the autopsy with the assistance of Shawn Parcells, a professor and pathologist assistant based in Kansas.

Baden said he agreed to do the autopsy before Attorney General Eric Holder said the federal government would do its own autopsy, a move he acknowledged was rare. “The only time the president got involved I remember was Charles Manson did his thing and you guys weren’t born in those times and he was very upset by it,” he said. “But not in a civil rights way.”

“Dr. Baden and I concluded that he was shot at least six times. We’ve got one to the very top of the head, the apex. We’ve got one that entered just above the right eyebrow. We’ve got one that entered the top part of the right arm. We’ve got a graze wound, a superficial graze wound, to the middle part of the right arm. We’ve got a wound that entered the medial aspect of the right arm, and we’ve got a deep graze wound that produced a laceration to the palm of the right hand,” Parcells said while pointing out the location of the wounds on a diagram.

Parcells said one of the arm wounds, a graze on the side, was “consistent” with witness statements that Brown was walking away before he turned toward the officer after the first shots. Baden said there was no gunpowder residue on the body, but he didn’t get to examine the clothes.

Baden said the wounds “could be consistent with his going forward or going backward. But they’re from the front, and if he was shot going forward, he would collapse right away.”

He stressed that they need to see the x-rays that were taken before the bullets were removed, which “should be available at some time.”

“The autopsy itself counted as consistent with police or witnesses. There are many different witness testimonies. Many of them seem to line up in one direction, some in another direction. Right now, till we get more information, till we get from a forensic science point of view, can’t distinguish — can’t make a definite judgment,” Baden said.

They wouldn’t speculate on the order of the gunshot wounds, but had an idea. “Dr. Baden and I do feel that, because of the two gunshot wounds to the head, indicating that Mr. Brown was bending over as they were coming down, that those two shots were most likely the last two to occur to him,” Parcells said.

Baden stressed that he didn’t have access to toxicology samples. An anonymous source told the Washington Post that the county’s autopsy will reveal that Brown had marijuana in his system, but didn’t elaborate how much.

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.
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No.

Any more ignorant questions?

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Now we know that Dorian Johnson, who claimed that Michael Brown was shot when running away, is a liar.
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His hands weren't up. Annie Oakley couldn't have hit one arm four times on a moving target with a pistol. Obviously, the arms were close to his body, and almost certainly pumping in a running position. In addition, the only way the shot to the top of the arm could have caused an exit wound on the chest would be if the arm was close to the chest.

The head must have been lowered to have an exit wound on his chest.

The cop was a good shot but pulled a little left. It looks like he clustered his shots at the torso until the guy began to go down so that his head was lowered.

Under the conditions, exemplary marksmanship and totally consistent with firing on a charging man.

More clarity on what really happened.

Of course, the obvious fact won't matter one little bit.
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that was my point. so it was prior to the 'charge' if that indeed is what happened. the charge could've been the result of inertia and stumbling to regain his balance as he was going down. I don't think we'll get an honest answer from witnesses on either side. perception is reality.
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So now the subsidary question becomes; will those that lied to the police be prosecuted? Another is what will this do to CSI ratings? This trial will make the OJ trial look like a church sociial.
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In movies, often people get shot once and they fall over dead. In real life, you can shoot a person multiple times and they are still up and fighting. If you feel threatened enough to fire a weapon, you keep shooting until the threat is over. I don't know Missouri law, but if you have a huge man running at you in a hostile way and you are much smaller than him, the disproportionate size can be taken as a deadly threat, even without physical contact. Generally speaking, each case is different, in Texas no struggle or contact has to take place, the ability to cause bodily harm or death and the perceived threat is enough to defend yourself with deadly force.
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Publicized witness statements (even the one from the police) say that the officer fired multiple shots, including the kill shot(s), at Brown as he tried to run away. However, this private autopsy says all gunshots (except the one to the top of the head) were from the front. This is an interesting apparent contradiction.

Also interesting is all the MRAP, LRAD, SWAT, etc equipment, and no dash camera on the patrol car. I understand a lot of this was military surplus equipment, but it still seems to indicate a problem prioritizing spending.
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Read it again. The top of the head shot was also from the front. It was not a kill shot, ie; into the top of the skjull, execution style but a high hit from the front. It looks like the LEO walked the rounds up and onto the target as they are trained to do with the Weaver stance. I woinder how many total rounds were fired? This is an indictment of the 9mm I hit him once in the chest with a .45 or a .40 and he is going down. I don't care how big he is.
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Hold on there, Tex. Think about it. Do you really want the cops walking around with cannons. Say you were in the store shopping for chips and beers like you usually do, and a cop blows away a perp - only to have the bullet go thru your whole family then kill you. The 9mm is plenty of firepower for a cop that can shoot.
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" I understand a lot of this was military surplus equipment, but it still seems to indicate a problem prioritizing spending."

No, the milsurp stuff is free to the local PD. All it costs them is some time preparing the paperwork.

In many cases, it's acquired and then sits and rots, unused.

4 weeks ago
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Now we know that Dorian Johnson, who claimed that Michael Brown was shot when running away, is a liar.
4 weeks ago
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His hands weren't up. Annie Oakley couldn't have hit one arm four times on a moving target with a pistol. Obviously, the arms were close to his body, and almost certainly pumping in a running position. In addition, the only way the shot to the top of the arm could have caused an exit wound on the chest would be if the arm was close to the chest.

The head must have been lowered to have an exit wound on his chest.

The cop was a good shot but pulled a little left. It looks like he clustered his shots at the torso until the guy began to go down so that his head was lowered.

Under the conditions, exemplary marksmanship and totally consistent with firing on a charging man.

More clarity on what really happened.

Of course, the obvious fact won't matter one little bit.
4 weeks ago
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"The cop was a good shot but pulled a little left. "

That's a bit odd. Most pull to the right. If he were a lefty, he'd typically pull to the left.


I'm not seeing any mention of "an exit wound on the chest". Is that data from another source? Or can you explain more, please?

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There was speculation by the presenter that the top bullet to the arm also passed through to the chest. It's marked on the diagram and without the explanation, you might think it was a separate bullet. The presenter was pretty obviously a leftist, so he wanted the audience to think that the victim had his arms raised, but if he is correct that the chest wound was a pass-through, it totally destroys the idea of raised hands.
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The presentation indicated the x's were exit wounds (on the torso). That would make it most probable the entries were through the arms and out the front of the chest. (unless the head shots were magic bullets-something Baden knows about- or execution style). not sure your evaluation adds up unless the arm shots happened as he was turning around..regardless its a sloppy diagram at best. really can't tell which are the re-entry wounds and it appears the arm shots were grazing hits.
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If the thug was turning around from the right side, it would explain why most of the shots hit the right arm, and also explain the exit wound on the chest.

It is highly likely that the investigators and the FBI already know exactly what happened, and if it was favorable to the race baiters' myth, it would be all over the news already.
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Isn't this exactly why they have tasers?
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A tazer works for *one* assailant / suspect. Officer Wilson, however, was dealing with two suspects. The pistol, in that circumstance, seems to me to be the correct choice.
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No.

Any more ignorant questions?

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Yes it is.

Whether tasers are a good idea or not is another matter, whether they would have been a good choice here is a question, whether he had one is a question. But to give the cop an option with a big, bumbling, unarmed fool is exactly why they have tasers.
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You watch way too much TV. People don't shoot to wound when they are being charged. They don't take 30 seconds to get out a taser when the guy is 5 seconds at most from using his 300 lbs on you. What is most disturbing is your racist attitude that shows complete disregard for a White cop attacked by a Black criminal and thief. To you, the only thing that matters is Black/White. Not Criminal/Cop.
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Kids usually don't get shot in my neighborhood or get jay walking tickets. This street is primarily residential with some apartment buildings and an adjacent golf course (not what I would consider a main thoroughfare). Alot of the narrative from both sides doesn't add up. Just the facts Mam.
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And so? What?
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