It took the Washington Post 2,017 words and 59 paragraphs in a feature about Dorian Johnson, who initially said that his friend Michael Brown was shot in the back, to reveal that the federal government’s autopsy also reportedly did not find that to be the case.
As the Post noted in its profile of Dorian Johnson, Brown’s “body had been autopsied three times — once each by St. Louis County police, a pathologist hired by Brown’s family and federal authorities. All found that Brown had been shot at least six times, including twice in the head but not in the back.” The New York Times reported two weeks ago that the autopsy that the Brown family commissioned determined “that all the bullets were fired into his front.”
Johnson had initially told the media that Brown was struck in the back, giving rise the to the “hands up, don’t shoot” movement. Other witnesses, though, have indicated that Brown may have punched officer Darren Wilson, discharged his gun, and then charged at him again before the fatal shots.
After an autopsy commissioned by Brown’s family found that all of the shots entered Brown from the front, Attorney General Eric Holder also commissioned an autopsy, which reportedly confirmed the results of the previous two.
Johnson’s attorneys reportedly “did not allow him to discuss the shooting or what happened on that trip to Ferguson Market,” where Brown was seen on camera allegedly stealing “Swisher Sweets and violently shoving the store’s manager” into a rack.
The Swisher Sweets, according to the Post, “are often emptied of their tobacco and used to smoke marijuana.”