Is this Fox report “selective release of sensitive information,” as AG Eric Holder says, or is it a case of the Ferguson PD moving information out to explain more of what happened when Officer Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown?

Darren Wilson, the Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of Michael Brown touched off more than a week of demonstrations, suffered severe facial injuries, including an orbital (eye socket) fracture, and was nearly beaten unconscious by Brown moments before firing his gun, a source close to the department’s top brass told

“The Assistant (Police) Chief took him to the hospital, his face all swollen on one side,” said the insider. “He was beaten very severely.”

According to the well-placed source, Wilson was coming off another case in the neighborhood on Aug. 9 when he ordered Michael Brown and his friend Dorain Johnson to stop walking in the middle of the road because they were obstructing traffic. However, the confrontation quickly escalated into physical violence, the source said..

“They ignored him and the officer started to get out of the car to tell them to move,” the source said. “They shoved him right back in, that’s when Michael Brown leans in and starts beating Officer Wilson in the head and the face.

Look, the PD has motivation to defend its officer — especially with MO Gov. Jay Nixon (D) irresponsibly calling for the officer’s “vigorous prosecution” without apparently knowing any more about the case than anyone else does. Nixon, a lawyer, surely knows that the correct word to use there was “investigation,” not “prosecution.” One follows the other, if the evidence warrants it.

But this does line up with the bit about Wilson grabbing Brown’s throat. Brown was too tall for a seated officer in the squad car to grab his throat. But if Brown was outside the car attacking Wilson through the window inside the car, then he would have been bent over at some point, and Wilson may have grabbed his throat in the course of the altercation.

Needless to say, if Officer Wilson sustained these severe injuries, then Brown wasn’t the angel that many portrayed him as in the early days after his death. He had robbed a store — we know that for a fact — and that robbery may have had gang and drug ties.

The source claims that there is “solid proof” that there was a struggle between Brown and Wilson for the policeman’s firearm, resulting in the gun going off – although it still remains unclear at this stage who pulled the trigger. Brown started to walk away according to the account, prompting Wilson to draw his gun and order him to freeze. Brown, the source said, raised his hands in the air, and turned around saying, “What, you’re going to shoot me?”

At that point, the source told, the 6 foot, 4 inch, 292-pound Brown charged Wilson, prompting the officer to fire at least six shots at him, including the fatal bullet that penetrated the top of Brown’s skull, according to an independent autopsy conducted at the request of Brown’s family.

Wilson suffered a fractured eye socket in the fracas, and was left dazed by the initial confrontation, the source said. He is now “traumatized, scared for his life and his family, injured and terrified” that a grand jury, which began hearing evidence on Wednesday, will “make some kind of example out of him,” the source said.

With Eric Holder in town now and Gov. Nixon circling as well, with the Justice Brothers making their demands and the media in a full tornado frenzy, that is the way to bet.

h/t Right Scoop