Autopsy of Michael Brown Shows 6 Wounds, Bullets Entered in Front
A private autopsy on Michael Brown showed that he was struck six times by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer's bullets. The death of 18-year-old Brown, who was not armed, has sparked fierce protests over the past week, forcing Gov. Jay Nixon to deploy the National Guard to the streets of Ferguson after violence got even worse on Sunday night.
The autopsy also showed that two of the bullets struck Brown in the head and that the bullets entered his body from the front. Some witnesses had said over the past week that the officer, identified as Darren Wilson, shot Brown from behind.
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The New York Times reported late Sunday that an autopsy on Michael Brown's body was carried out at the request of Michael Brown's family by Dr. Michael Baden, the former chief medical examiner for New York City.
Baden told the Times that one of the bullets struck the top of Brown's skull, suggesting that the 18-year-old's head was bent forward when he was shot. The doctor added that four of the six shots struck Brown in the right arm, and all the bullets entered from the teen's front. Only three of the bullets were recovered from Brown's body.
Baden did not have access to Brown's clothes, which may have gunpowder residue on them if the bullets were fired from close range. Baden also did not have access to X-rays that may have shown where the bullets were found, nor did he see any witness or police statements.
Brown was fatally shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson on the afternoon of August 9 after a confrontation near Brown's grandmother's apartment. The shooting has prompted nationwide protests and the controversy has been augmented by the response from local authorities, who have used tear gas and smoke canisters against protesters and have been slow to release information about the deadly encounter.
Baden told The Times that his findings were not meant to resolve the controversy over the confrontation between Brown and Wilson.
"We need more information; for example, the police should be examining the automobile to see if there is gunshot residue in the police car," he told the paper.
Baden's autopsy was the first of three planned in the case. Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a federal medical examiner to perform an autopsy in addition to the one planned by state authorities. Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said that the order was prompted by the "extraordinary circumstances" surrounding the case and the wishes of Brown's family.
"This independent examination will take place as soon as possible," Fallon said. "Even after it is complete, Justice Department officials still plan to take the state-performed autopsy into account in the course of their investigation."
Peter Johnson Jr. joined Fox and Friends this morning to weigh in on the new developments, including comments by Ron Johnson, the Highway Patrol captain who is leading the police response.
Ron Johnson spoke to a church congregation Sunday, apologizing to the Brown family.
"I want you to know that my heart goes out to you," Johnson said. "And I say that I am sorry. I wear this uniform. And I just stand up here and say that I am sorry."
Peter Johnson Jr. said he believes the captain is a great police officer, but is "too close to the situation to be dispassionate and objective going forward," noting Johnson grew up there.
He believes Johnson's apology will "legitimize" what the protesters believe about the shooting, adding that the investigation is still taking place and the facts are not yet known.
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