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Michael Brown Autopsy A Further Blow To #Ferguson Racial Narrative

Michael Brown Autopsy A Further Blow To #Ferguson Racial Narrative

Gunpowder stippling found inside injury strongly suggests Brown’s hand was on Wilson’s pistol when it fired.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch has obtained and released the official autopsy report of Mike Brown, the black man shot and killed by Police Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO this past August.  (The autopsy report is embedded below.)

The item in the report that perhaps sheds the greatest light on the circumstances of the shooting is the evidence that Mike Brown has a gunshot wound to the inside of his right hand near his thumb and palm that appears to be a contact gunshot wound.  This would be consistent with the police narrative that Brown was fighting with Officer Wilson for possession of his service pistol when the shot was fired.

Gunpowder stippling is typically indicative of the distance between the muzzle of a fired gun and the gunshot wound caused by the projectile.  If the shot is fired at close distance (inches to feet) there is typically unburned gunpowder that causes an observable stippling on the victim’s skin.  When the shot is fired from a greater distance (several feet or further) the unburned gunpowder generally does not reach the victim’s skin, and thus there is no stippling.

Somewhat counterintuitively, however, there is another type of gunshot wound in which no stippling is found.  In a contact gunshot wound, in which the muzzle is in contact with the victim’s skin, the unburned gunpowder simply enters the wound along with the projectile.  Because the powder does not contact the skin, there is no skin stippling in a contact gunshot wound.  A contact gunshot wound also typically cause a star-like burst or fragmentation of skin at the site of injury, as the hot gasses propelling the bullet enter and expand within the flesh. The projectile itself, of course, will often fragment skin and bone.

The microscopic examination of Mike Brown’s injured right hand in the autopsy report does, in fact, observe both skin and skeletal fragments consistent with a contact gunshot wound.  Most telling however, is the report’s finding that “foreign particulate matter is present focally within the dermis of some of the skin tissue fragments and within the skeletal muscle tissue fragmentation.  . . . The previously described particles of foreign matter are consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm.” (Page 13 of the PDF embedded below.)

Brown’s numerous other gunshot wounds–three to his right arm (upper, middle, and forearm), two to his chest, and three to his head–are also described in a manner consistent with having been fired while Brown was facing Wilson, giving lie to the narrative that Brown was shot in the back as he fled.

Further, the arm injuries are inconsistent with the arms having been raised high in a clear indication of surrender, giving lie to the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative popularized by protestors.

The autopsy report also repeats the police narrative of the events:

Det. HOKAMP DSN-3476 of the St. Louis County Police Department provided the following preliminary investigative details:  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 the door shut and began to struggle with Officer WILSON, during the struggle the Officers [sic] weapon was un-holstered. 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.

As this is preliminary information it was not known in which order or how many time [sic] the officer fired his weapon during the confrontation.

UPDATE: Half-Dozen Black Witnesses Before Grand Jury Confirm Wilson’s Narrative of Shooting

The Washington Post is reporting that at least a half-dozen black witnesses before the Grand Jury have testified consistently with the police narrative of the shooting of Mike Brown:

Seven or eight African American eyewitnesses have provided testimony consistent with Wilson’s account, but none of them have spoken publicly out of fear for their safety, The Washington Post’s sources said.

Not that any of this actual exculpatory evidence even slightly lessens the energy of Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump:

Benjamin L. Crump, a lawyer for the Brown family, said Brown’s family and supporters will not be persuaded by the autopsy report or eyewitness statements that back Wilson’s account of the incident.

“The family has not believed anything the police or this medical examiner has said,” Crump said. “They have their witnesses. We have seven witnesses that we know about that say the opposite.”

Crump also said one of the reasons the family and protesters were opposed to a grand jury proceeding was because it gives authorities too much control over what the public would learn about the case, as evidenced by the leaks.

Of course.  Who needs a grand jury? Just straight to trial with you. Because due process. Of.  Course.

Here’s the PDF of the official autopsy report:

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Comments

Sure, but since when have facts ever mattered to the race baiters?

    JOHN B in reply to Andy. | October 22, 2014 at 9:22 pm

    First story – he was running away and got shot in the back. Oops!

    Second story – he turned around with his hands up and was surrendering. Oops!

    Third story (probably) – he grabbed the policeman’s gun trying to stop the white racist officer from shooting innocent black children. A true hero!

    The stories will keep changing each time they are shown to be false. And the mainstream media will treat each story as if the prior story never existed.

This was done on or about 10Aug. Why wasn’t it more or less immediately released? With all the riots, etc.–don’t the facts matter? To either side?

Insanity.

    Why? Why withhold evidence that would/should/could defuse Ferguson’s racial tension?

    Surely you jest.

    How else could the Democrat controlled state have enabled a race meme for political gain…

    #TrayvonRedux

    Think, McFly. Think.

      tom swift in reply to VotingFemale. | October 22, 2014 at 5:42 pm

      Why withhold evidence that would/should/could defuse Ferguson’s racial tension?

      That was a good question when this story first broke, and it’s a good question now.

      As all no doubt recall, officialdom was extremely tardy in giving the press the police side of the story. Lacking that, the press had to run with the only story it had. And that was the standard canned story the professional race-baiters always give. Meanwhile, officialdom dragged its feet so blatantly that even a relatively unbiased reader might suspect that someone was hoping to hide something embarrassing or incriminating.

      The way to fight poor information is by supplying better information. And that obviously didn’t happen in this case.

      Of course the autopsy itself can’t be rushed. But that hardly means that anything else had to be suppressed.

        Sanddog in reply to tom swift. | October 22, 2014 at 9:42 pm

        It’s generally considered bad form for the police or a DA’s office to try a case in the media before an investigation is completed or the grand jury is done with it. The family and assorted race baiters, of course, are free to do and say whatever they want.

        JackRussellTerrierist in reply to tom swift. | October 24, 2014 at 3:23 am

        I believe the race-baiter industry is looking for a precedent on which to base a tidal wave of lawsuits not unlike Holder’s and Obola’s “black farmer discrimination” fraudulent claims for more “reparations”, only in the form of suits against municipalities.

        The race-baiters want an “arress” so they can file a suit against the city. They’ve repeatedly said, “We jus’ want an arress.” Sure, sometimes they pretty up their rhetoric with terms like “justice” and “peace” and “equality”, words a mynah bird can be taught to say on cue.

        They don’t want the truth, If they did, they’d be shutting up right about now. Instead, their threats grow louder as a means of intimidation.

        So what would be the point of the LE system showing its hand at the outset? Besides the futility of that action, it simply is not proper form to reveal evidence being presented to a GJ. LE is entitled to keep investigative work product secret until the appropriate time to release it comes at trial, if there ever is a trial in any given case.

        Further, announcing evidence at an improper time in a case like this is gutless capitulation and only feeds the beast. These people hustling for an indictment are basically acting out a form of domestic terrorism and should be treated as such. They want to know what you’ve got so they can get their ducks in a row and their stories straight to fit the evidence. This way, Dorian, Piaget and that other girl become demonstrated liars. Dorian’s fantasy can’t possibly be true in light of the evidence, and now that’s a given to all but those who want an “arress”.

        The dumbest thing to do is to show your enemy your cards.

    MouseTheLuckyDog in reply to lichau. | October 22, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    What?And not let the Jerry Kounelis types perjury themselves in front of the GJ?

    Not to mention tailoring their testimony to match the evidence.

    RandomCrank in reply to lichau. | October 22, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I’m sure the answer would be that you wait to gather all the evidence before releasing major pieces of it.

And … once AGAIN, like Trayvon Martin, we’ve had months of sympathetic news cycles for the criminal and a false narrative rubbed in our faces.

    JackRussellTerrierist in reply to LSBeene. | October 24, 2014 at 3:34 am

    Since when has anybody been able to stop liars lying to the lying, biased media who loves a good, anti-white, anarchist story? FCS, they swooned over Trademark just like they did over obola.

    In fact, I’d go so far as to say the media likes for it to be untrue. It’s more damaging to the psyche of traditional Americans to force them to tolerate this BS than it is to tell a truthful, fact-based story.

    The media is the greatest obstacle we have in restoring this country after the damage done during the last six years. The only things they can be relied on for is lies, bias and, at best, half-truths.

Yep. Seems like the due process stuff has been processing right along.

And it appears that Officer Wilson LOOKS to be exonerated.

Now, there IS the question if all his conduct throughout the exchange was blameless, but he does appear to have told the truth thus far. That suggests his conduct was never criminal.

“A contact gunshot wound also typically causes a start-like burst or fragmentation of skin…”

I suggest “star-like”.

Also, a wound caused with the muzzle against the target will, like those very high pressure hypodermics, result in the hyper-velocity gases and the stuff they are carrying being injected into the skin and subdura of the target.

Unfortunately, the facts of the case will be drowned out by the ongoing narrative. Facts mean little to those who riot.

    Anchovy in reply to Paul. | October 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Surely you are not suggesting (and yes, I know your name is not Shirley) that these acts in Fergson are anything but an expression of outrage over injustice, racism, white privilege, voter ID, capitalism, early potty training, Jiff low fat peanut butter, the Hunt brothers and racist Republicans. Say it ain’t so.

I’ve also read there was THC in his system and that he likely got high three hours earlier. This might have given him false courage to face Wilson … however it is likely Brown confused courage and stupidity.

    Bruce Hayden in reply to walls. | October 22, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    Read down through the report – towards the end, there is a pharmacology report that indicates the presence of marijuana, and below that, the amounts. I don’t have the expertise to evaluate it, and it could be that Big Mike (as he called himself from his tattoos) had used it a couple days before, as had Trayvon Martin.

      gmac124 in reply to Bruce Hayden. | October 22, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      I will go with the examiners expertise. The last page states “Big Mike” is impaired with that level of THC in his blood.

      RandomCrank in reply to Bruce Hayden. | October 22, 2014 at 9:03 pm

      I did some checking. He had 240% of the blood level of THC-9 that’s legally specified to be intoxicating, and the level of a different form of THC shows that he was a chronic stoner. So much for the mellow stoner propaganda.

Is there a time-frame for when the Grand Jury is expected to make a decision?

    Gremlin1974 in reply to Joseph. | October 22, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Yep, after the mid-term election. 🙂

    When the weather is substantially colder.

    –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

      Ragspierre in reply to Andrew Branca. | October 22, 2014 at 7:57 pm

      …and after “cousin Pookie” has not bothered to vote, and won’t get up out of the couch to steal ANOTHER wide-screen.

      Ragspierre in reply to Andrew Branca. | October 23, 2014 at 11:19 am

      If Rags was in charge, I’d do it the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, or the Friday after.

      You know…like a Pres. ScamWOW document dump, but with tryptophan from all that turkey.

    amwick in reply to Joseph. | October 22, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Looks like smart money is on a date after the elections. I am expecting a decision much sooner than that. The next full moon is tomorrow.

      JackRussellTerrierist in reply to amwick. | October 23, 2014 at 3:52 am

      I tend to think they’ll drop the no bill bomb about the 29th or 30th. That way, some LE will be handling other incidents when they start the riots on Halloween. It’ll take them a day or two to organize and get the new ACORN crew, now known in at least one apparition as MORE, bussed in and their logistics and strategies in place.

      This is probably a shakedown “If you don’t do it when we say, we’ll do such-and-such to you” by Holder’s CRS. It’ll go on for days, with ballot boxes being stuffed with fraudulent ‘rat votes to the rafters on lection day. The strife will spill over to the polls where white voter intimidation will run rampant. MO doesn’t have a senate race this year, but they have state legislative candidates and ballot measures. MO legislative ‘pubs outnumber ‘rats about 2:1. This may be an attack to create more legislative power to get the ‘rats to up their numbers for 2016 influence. This is what the did in CO, NC, NM, NV and VA to some extent.

      amwick in reply to amwick. | October 23, 2014 at 8:23 am

      I read the calendar incorrectly. The symbol was for no moon at all.

Given that the race baiters care little for facts, this will change nothing, as evidenced by the family’s reaction… “The family has not believed anything the police or this medical examiner has said,” Crump said.

So first it was, don’t believe anything the officer says, he’s biased, the eyewitnesses are not.

Now it is, don’t believe anything THEIR eyewitnesses say, they have their witnesses, we have OURS.

And that part about the witnesses backing the officer’s account not speaking publicly out of fear for their safety… quite a world we have here.

    Midwest Rhino in reply to JBourque. | October 22, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    “It’s their word
    (and at least a half dozen witnesses
    in agreement all the solid physical evidence)
    against our liars … we ain’t budging”

    Do they even acknowledge yet, Brown strong armed that store?
    Before they said the shoes didn’t match, or some such

    maybe the networks can alter some audio or video
    to help out the narrative

Either Biden is losing his touch or he sold out.

Last line of the whole report: Delta-9-THC detection in the blood defines impairment.
I really expected more, but facts are facts.

So, it really boils down to a single question: When the grand jury hands down a “no true bill,” and the riots resume in Ferguson, will they be carrying nooses?

Henry Hawkins | October 22, 2014 at 9:02 pm

With DWI laws, there is a legal definition of ‘impaired’. BAC .08 is the norm. However, legal impairment is not the same as clinical impairment. Because of tolerance, a fifth a day alcoholic would not be impaired at .08, in fact, he’d be in withdrawals, while someone who does not drink could be clinically impaired at .03 or .04 if they did drink.

All of which to say that, while they can determine Brown’s legal impairment (if such a definition exists in Missouri law for THC), without knowing his tolerance level for THC, you cannot determine actual or clinical impairment. Exceptions would be readings so high anyone could be presumed to be impaired or so low, nobody could be.

    Henry Hawkins in reply to Henry Hawkins. | October 22, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Meant to add…. we don’t need THC impairment to explain Brown’s aggressive behavior with Officer Wilson. MJ ain’t really that kind of drug, plus we have ample evidence – on video – that Brown is a nasty piece of work. He saunters into stores, takes what he wants, and knocks you down or out if you object. Doesn’t even run after the robbery – he continues to saunter down the middle of the street like he owns it, which is when Wilson encounters him. At 6’4″, 290 lbs and a street punk sociopath to boot, Brown’s death was just a matter of time. He was the ultimate bully thug and somebody would have taken him out sooner or later.

    RandomCrank in reply to Henry Hawkins. | October 22, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    The legal level for marijuana intoxication is a blood level of 5 nanograms/ml (or 0.0005%) of delta-9-THC. Brown’s level was 12 nanograms/ml, or 2.4 times the legal limit. This isn’t some borderline case. THC metabolizes into different components that linger in fat tissue. He had 45ng/ml of 11-nor-Delta-9-THC-COOH, a non psychoactive metabloite. This indicates that he’d been using pot not just that night, but before then.

      LOL, at 290 pounds, it’s a safe bet to say he had plenty of fat tissue:).

      jayjerome66 in reply to RandomCrank. | October 24, 2014 at 1:33 am

      There is no ‘legal level’ for marijuana in Missouri. Although the legal limit for a DWI for alcohol is .08, for drugs (including prescription drugs) it’s zero tolerance: if you have any amount in your system that impairs your driving that’s enough for a DUID conviction.

OMG! He was a Zombie! No wonder he was acting bizarrely.

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

Downward (and backward) trajectory of head and chest wounds says it all. Either the officer was being charged — or he was levitating.

So it sounds like the forensic evidence will be a big part of corroborating his story and seems like it’s almost lucky that he hit Brown in the arm.

Should someone engaged in legit self defense now be concerned about not only emptying their gun until the perp stops but also doing so to provide context for forensics about your location and the perp’s location while the perp is up and moving?

    Interesting thought, but the rule of proportionality remains unchanged: the law of self-defense allows you to use as much force, and for as long, as necessary to stop the threat.

    And no more than that.

    Certainly, the deliberate firing of extra rounds for the purpose of providing exculpatory terminal ballistics evidence would fall outside the bounds of lawful self-defense. 🙂

    –Andrew, @LawSelfDefense

Zelsdorf Ragshaft III | October 23, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Looks like Dr. Michael Baden’s work will be questioned. Sure hope it does not ruin his reputation. Not.

    Baden was on Lou Dobbs yesterday, confirming the legitimacy of the new autopsy, which comports pretty much with his, except for Brown’s hand in close proximity with the gun. In his original media broadcast where we first saw the gunshot diagrams, he did say he was not able to thoroughly test the wounds, and that he wasn’t provided clothing and other forensic material. He agreed that the microscopic tests gave a better picture of what may have happened. The newly released info is more detailed, but it looks like Baden’s limited evaluation was mostly correct.

      Baden’s not the problem precisely. Rather, it’s Shawn Parcells, who Baden permits to speak citing Baden’s work and making inflammatory, incredible claims that are then seized upon by the Brown family attorneys and protesters. Baden doesn’t say what Parcells says, and does not back up what Parcells says, but he acts like an innocent bystander while permitting Parcells to stink up the scene.

Char Char Binks | October 23, 2014 at 2:10 pm

The more the evidence comes out in favor of Wilson, the more the Trayvonistas will complain about “smearing” the “good name” of the “gentle giant”.

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