Conversation recorded by bystander just moments
after Michael Brown shooting casts doubt on claims the teen surrendered
to Officer Darren Wilson
James Nye for MailOnline
and MailOnline Reporter
14:21 EST, 17 August 2014
15:52 EST, 17 August 2014
unnoticed audio from a video recorded in the chaotic moments after
Michael Brown's fatal shooting last Saturday in Ferguson, Missouri,
could help back up Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson's version of
while one man films the gruesome aftermath of Brown's daylight
shooting, the barely discernible audio is of one unseen man recounting
the alleged version of events that he saw to another man, off camera,
while bystanders scream and shout at police to assist the stricken
around the six minute and 30 second mark in the 10 minute long video,
one man is just heard over raucous shouting asking another how Brown
ended up at least 30-feet away from the police squad car that presumably
was being driven by Wilson.
man explains to the second man that Brown was there because he had
previously been inside the police car and run, which contradicts what
the teens friend, Dorian Johnson, has told police and in interviews.
Johnson has said that Brown was not ever inside Officer Wilson's police car before the shooting.
alleges that Wilson exited his car and struck 6ft 4inch Brown as he was
trying to open the door, setting off the calamitous series of events
that ended with Brown running from a shooting Wilson, before turning
with his hands raised in surrender before being gunned down.
The audio heard in the video gives a different version of events.
The alleged witness tells the man that Brown was in the police car with Wilson and then got out and ran away.
the next thing I know he doubled back towards him cus (sic) the police
had his gun drawn already on him,' according to blog, Conservative Tree House.
The witness then contradicts the now crucial narrative of the how the tragic events unfolded last Saturday.
Brown being fired on while his hands were raised in surrender, the
witness claims that Brown was moving towards the officer when he was
this version of events does not match most of the eyewitness accounts,
it does seem to tally up in a small part with the account of what
occurred given by a friend of Wilson.
up ahead of them. And then he got a call-in that there was a strong-arm
robbery. And, they gave a description,' said the friend in an interview
with Josie on The Dana Show.
he’s looking at them and they got something in their hands and it looks
like it could be what, you know those cigars or whatever. So he goes in
reverse back to them.
to get out of his car. They slam his door shut violently. I think he
said Michael did. And, then he opened the car again. He tried to get
out. He stands up.
then Michael just bum-rushes him and shoves him back into his car.
Punches him in the face and them Darren grabs for his gun. Michael
grabbed for the gun. At one point he got the gun entirely turned against
'And he shoves it away. And the gun goes off.
then Michael takes off and gets to be about 35 feet away. And, Darren’s
first protocol is to pursue. So, he stands up and yells, 'Freeze!#
Michael and his friend turn around.
'And Michael taunts him… And then all the sudden he just started bumrushing him. He just started coming at him full speed.
'And, so he just started shooting. And, he just kept coming. And, so he really thinks he was on something.'
This new development follows photographs from last Saturday that were taken in the minutes after Brown's death.
came as Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced that he has signed an
order declaring a state of emergency 'to keep the people safe' and
implemented a midnight to 5am curfew in Ferguson on Saturday.
News published the photograph of Darren Wilson on their homepage in a
report detailing Brown's February commendation for 'extraordinary effort
in the line of duty'.