Two conflicting autopsy reports are calling events into question once more; a third autopsy report from the Federal investigation will be helpful in clearing this conflict.
In protests held in Ferguson, Mo., for more than two months, some said 18-year-old Michael Brown had his hands up when he was killed by police officer Darren Wilson. Hence the clarion call: “Hands up, don’t shoot.”
But a St. Louis Post-Dispatch analysis of Brown’s official county autopsy suggests the teenager may not have had his hands raised after all. Experts told the newspaper Brown was shot Aug. 9., at close range — and may have been reaching for Wilson’s weapon. The autopsy found material “consistent with products that are discharged from the barrel of a firearm” in a wound on Brown’s thumb. Judy Melinek, a forensic pathologist in San Francisco, said this “supports the fact that this guy is reaching for the gun, if he has gunpowder particulate material in the wound.”
Melinek, who was not involved in the investigation, said the autopsy did not support those who claim Brown was attempting to flee or surrender.