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August 20, 2014 - 11:59 am

Gateway Pundit has been reporting that police Officer Darren Wilson sustained an eye injury in an altercation with Michael Brown. But that reporting is based on anonymous sourcing, and there are so many agendas flying around this story that it’s wise to be skeptical of everything you hear.

The New York Times has a new report today that corroborates that Wilson did sustain an injury. They bury it near the end of the story.

“My client sees the officer pull a gun and hears him say, ‘I’ll shoot you’ — then ‘pow!’ there was a shot,” Mr. Bosley said, referring to the one that apparently went off in the car. “He did not describe a scuffle. It was more of a scuffle for him to get away.”

Asked if Mr. Brown had punched the officer, Mr. Bosley said that Mr. Johnson “did not observe that.”

However, law enforcement officials say witnesses and forensic analysis have shown that Officer Wilson did sustain an injury during the struggle in the car.

What sort of injury? The Times doesn’t say.

If Wilson sustained much of an injury at all, it suggests that Brown reacted to him with hostility. It may also suggest that Wilson had reason to fear for his life, so self-defense may have been involved.

The Times does report that Dorian Johnson’s attorney says that Wilson grabbed Brown’s throat, while sitting in his squad car, and Brown was standing outside the car.

Contrary to what several witnesses have told law enforcement officials, Mr. Bosley said that the officer then reached out of the window with his left hand and grabbed Mr. Brown by the throat.

Brown was 6’5″. How does an officer sitting in a squad car grab Brown’s throat? Either he didn’t, or Brown was bending into the car.

Besides that, we’re taking the word of someone who had just helped Brown in the robbery at the store nearby. That robbery may have had drug and gang ties. How good is his word?

h/t Allahpundit, who has much more.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Brown's family, Johnson, Officer Wilson and his department all have big stakes in this game. Sharpton, Jackson, Holder and Obama are dealing themselves in. All of these have reasons to lie or to shade the story their own ways.
As Mark v notes, the interaction described is not a likely one, though I suppose it's possible. We need good information to form good judgments. If there's ever a calm investigation and a reasonably objective report, we can decide what we believe. Until then, we should all be ready to change our minds.
That said -- the line-up on the Brown-Johnson side is Benjamin Crump, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson. That's a crew that lowers their side's credibility to floor level based on their histories.
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"How does an officer sitting in a squad car grab Brown’s throat? "

How indeed. And why? That's a suicide move, if you are at all concerned about a fight. You have ZERO leverage, ZERO mobility, and your arm is FULLY exposed to whatever the other person wants to do with it. Like, grabbing it and just dropping down, breaking the arm.

That just does not pass the smell test.

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It occurs to me also, Mark, that the description of Brown being in the car at some point is incompatible with the officer reaching through the window to grab Brown anywhere on his body.
It's conceivable that Officer Wilson grabbed Michael Brown with his left hand, then drew his weapon and fired with his right hand. That would be a contact or near-contact shot and would show that way; it's unlikely that Brown would have been able to bolt away.
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