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Revealed Autopsy Destroys 'Gentle Giant' Michael Brown 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Story

Revealed Autopsy Destroys 'Gentle Giant' Michael Brown 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot' Story


A new autopsy report revealed to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch has now put the final nail in the coffin of the Michael Brown “Gentle Giant” narrative. Proponents of prosecuting Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department over his shooting of Brown have claimed that Wilson shot Brown while he was running away, his hands up. In actuality, the autopsy report suggests that Brown did indeed attempt to take Wilson’s gun, that Wilson shot him in the hand over it, and that Brown charged Wilson with his hands down.

In other words, every element of the original narrative pushed by the media, leftist politicians, and protesters was a lie.


Here’s what the autopsy report shows.

Wilson’s Narrative. The autopsy fully states Officer Wilson’s story:

The deceased and another individual were walking down the middle of the Canfield. Officer D. WILSON DSN-609, of the Ferguson Police Department observed the two individuals, he requested that they get out of the roadway.

The deceased became belligerent towards Officer WILSON. As Officer WILSON attempted to exit out of his patrol vehicle the deceased pushed his door shut and began to struggle with Officer WILSON, during the struggle the Officers [sic] weapon was unholstered. The weapon discharged during the struggle.

The deceased then ran down the roadway. Officer WILSON then began to chase the deceased. As he was giving chase to the deceased, the deceased turned around and ran towards Officer WILSON. Officer WILSON had his service weapon drawn, as the deceased began to run towards him, he discharged his service weapon several times.

That narrative was supported by sources close to Wilson, who told the Post-Dispatch that Wilson said the “incredibly strong” teen punched him (the autopsy says that Brown was 6’5″ and 289 lbs.), pushed his gun against his hip, and tried to grab the trigger. That prompted the rest of the events.

Altercation At The Car. St. Louis medical examiner Dr. Michael Graham said that the autopsy showed “that there was a significant altercation at the car.” That’s because the autopsy contained the following information regarding the microscopic examination report of the exterior of the police vehicle:

Sections of the tissue fragment from the “exterior surface of the police officer’s motor vehicle” are consistent with a fragment of skin overlying soft (connective) tissue.

That means that Brown sustained a wound before leaving the scene of the car. Sources told the Post-Dispatch Brown’s blood was found inside the car and on Wilson’s gun.

Reaching For The Gun. Dr. Judy Melinek of San Francisco told the Post-Dispatch that the autopsy “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound.”

The autopsy states of the wounds:

There is a gunshot entrance wound of the vertex of the scalp. There is a gunshot entrance wound of the central forehead. There is a gunshot exit wound of the right jaw. There is a gunshot entrance wound of the upper right chest. There is a gunshot entrance wound of the lateral right chest. There is a gunshot entrance wound of the upper ventral right arm. There is a gunshot exit wound of the upper dorsal median ventral right forearm. There is a tangential (graze) gunshot wound of the right bicep. There is a tangential (graze) gunshot wound near the ventral surface of the right thumb.

The thumb wound showed matter “consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm.” The report says:

There is darkly pigmented foreign particulate matter present on the superficial surface of the stratum corneum and also embedded within the stratum corneum of the skin fragments.

Brown’s backers have pointed to the fact that the autopsy states there was no “powder stipple,” but Melinek points out that if the shot was fired from within an inch, there would be no powder stipple.

No Hands Up. All gunshot wounds were from the front – there were no gunshot entrance wounds from behind. Most importantly, the gunshot wound to the upper ventral right arm is described this way:

The path of this shot is slightly upward, backward and leftward. The track of this bullet has been traced to pass via the skin, soft tissue to exit the skin of the upper dorsal right arm.

In other words, the hands could not have been up at the time of this shot. As the Post-Dispatch points out, quoting Melinek, the shot “traveled from the back of the arm to the inner arm, which means Brown’s palms could not have been facing Wilson, as some witnesses have said….That trajectory shows Brown probably was not taking a standard surrender position with arms above the shoulders and palms out when he was hit, she said.”

There is not a single shred of physical evidence backing the original media narrative of the Michael Brown killing. But that won’t matter to the thousands who plan to go off the deep end should the state not ignore that lack of evidence and prosecute Wilson to the full extent of the non-law. 

Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the new book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). He is also Editor-in-Chief of Follow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.

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