After Ferguson Burns Washington Post Admits “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” Was A Big Lie

After Ferguson Burns Washington Post Admits “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” Was A Big Lie

The Washington Post to its credit today puts forth the obvious truth that Dorian Johnson made up lies about the Michael Brown Shooting.  It is too late today.  It was obvious even before the Grand Jury evidence and witness statements that Dorian’s story always had lies in it.   This reporter said so at the time in regard to the pulling of Brown into the window aspect, before the riots and the murder of Deandre Joshua.

If you have not heard of Deandre Joshua’s murder, which took place about 50 feet from where the Brown shooting took place, that is because it is being censored, you can read about it here: http://aun-tv.com/2014/12/murder-young-black-ferguson-censored-deandre-joshua-murdered-rioters/   And for the record Deandre was a childhood friend of Dorian’s who was shot in the head while sitting in his car.

 

Dorian Johnson’s claimed and it was believed or it least reported as the truth by almost all news companies and Obama allies in and out of the Administration that the policeman tried to pull a 6 foot 5 inch 300 pound man through the window of the vehicle onto to his lap for no reason.   How can anyone believe such nonsense?   That has never happened and will not ever happen.  It would be suicidal for a policeman to attempt that.

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What really happened, which is collaborated by most of the witnesses, the policeman and the physical evidence is that Officer Wilson stopped his vehicle too close to Brown so when he tried to exit to arrest Brown for the robbery Brown had just committed (Brown had the stolen goods in his hand and matched the description of the criminal) Brown was able to push him back into the vehicle and then went for Wilson’s gun by reaching thru the window.  The gun eventually went off with both of their hands on it.

The bullet nicked Brown’s thumb and splattered Brown’s blood inside the police vehicle.   In addition to the blood Brown’s DNA was found on the gun’s slide.  This makes sense, their is a motive and it matches the evidence.  Brown and Dorian Johnson knew why the policeman stopped and Brown did not want to be arrested for  the crime he had just committed.   Whether he was going for the gun to kill Wilson or was just trying to steal the gun so he could get away, can not be proved either way.

The Washington Post Article:

Paul G. Cassell teaches criminal law, criminal procedure, and crime victims’ rights at the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah.

Why Michael Brown’s best friend’s story isn’t credible

 

Officer Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown, so Brown never had the chance to tell his side of what happened. But standing next to Brown for much of the time — and observing the fatal shots — was Brown’s best friend, Dorian Johnson.  Johnson seems to have originated the “hands up, don’t shoot” narrative. But Johnson’s story constantly changed and diverged from the physical evidence. It seems hard to come to any other conclusion than that Dorian Johnson’s version is simply made up.

In this post, I discuss two things: first, Johnson’s story about the confrontation at Wilson’s car; and, second, Johnson’s story about Brown’s final fatal encounter with Wilson. Readers of my previous posts — on the fairness of the process, Wilson’s testimony, the physical evidence, and Witness 10′s corroborating testimony — will be familiar with the general landscape surrounding the shooting.

 

I.  Johnson’s story about Mike Brown’s initial confrontation with Officer Wilson. 

On August 12, three days after Mike Brown was shot, Dorian Johnson (and his attorney) appeared on CNN’s Anderson Cooper program.  Johnson claimed that he and his friend, Big Mike, were walking down the middle of the street when they were blocked by Officer Wilson, who then just reached out and grabbed Brown by the throat:

[The officer] reached out the window with his left arm. He grabbed on to my friend, Big Mike’s throat.  And he’s trying to pull him in[to] the vehicle. And my friend, Big Mike, very angrily is trying to pull away from the officer.  And the officer now is struggling with trying to hold a grip on my friend Big Mike as he’s trying to pull away.

Johnson gave another statement about the initial confrontation to the Al Sharpton program on MSNBC:

The door ricocheted off our bodies. . . . It almost knocked the wind out of me. . . .

After the door bounced back on [the officer], . . . it’s almost in an instant, his left arm comes out the window. . . . He just stuck his arm, his left arm, out the window and grabbed my friend around the throat.  And now my friend, he’s angry, he has a frowny face, but my friend is not [an] aggressive person, so he’s not trying to go with the officer, he’s trying to pull away from the officer.  And the officer is pulling him in the vehicle, like’s he’s trying to pull him through the window.  And [Big Mike’s] so big, he couldn’t pull his body down into the window,  so it’s more like his body is coming into the window while the officer was pulling on him.

And while there was pulling, he managed to turn around and get loose [of] the officer’s hold from his neck. And now the officer is still trying to maintain his grip, hold on him.  So now he’s grabbing on his shirt, still with his one arm, his left arm, he’s trying to grab any grip he can on my friend. . . . Now at this moment, [Big Mike] hands me the cigarillos [stolen from a convenience store].  Like he tells me, hold these. . . . And I’m still standing in the door right when they’re doing all this tugging and pulling, not wrestling as they say.  It’s more like tug and pull because he’s trying to pull Big Mike and he’s trying to pull away because we really don’t understand the manner that the officer is addressing us. . . .

Johnson later testified in the grand jury about the initial confrontation.  Here are a few key passages (volume 6, cited by page and line number):

 Big Mike and Darren Wilson, the officer, they are doing their tug of war.  [Big Mike] passed me off the cigarillos (100:1) . . .

Big Mike’s left hand was still … right above the side mirror.  His other arm now because of the tug of war pull, the officer’s grip come up, from up on his neck, to the shirt collar, to the shoulder, to basically he never let go. . . . [W]ith the officer’s left arm, he’s out the window grabbing Big Mike’s right arm (101:22).

So Johnson’s story is that a police officer parked his car right in front of their path and then, while remaining seated, instantly reached out and grabbed the 6′ 5″ Michael Brown by the throat.  Further, during this “tug of war,” according to Johnson, Brown has the chance to pass off to Johnson stolen cigarillos and brace himself with his left hand to keep from being sucked into the car.  Brown, the interested reader will recall, weighed about 300 pounds, roughly 50 more than Wilson.  (note from AUN-TV, Brown was 293 pounds and Wilson 215 pounds that is 77 pounds more)

To my mind, Johnson’s story is dubious by this point. But it would be impossible to disprove the story, except that  Johnson continues to elaborate — in ways that are inconsistent with the available physical evidence.

For example, Johnson testified before the grand jury that Brown never struck the officer:

Now, [as for Big Mike] touching the officer . . . maybe, because they’re pulling each other, but as far as striking the officer, or physically striking the officer, no, I didn’t see [that]. . . . No, ma’am, [Big Mike] never had his fist clenched up like in punching manner, so much as trying to grab stuff and push himself off . . . . (107:16).

Like I said, I was standing so close and directly in the doorway with him the whole time pulling away, he never swung his left arm at all or never put the left arm inside the window, anything like that.  And because the officer had [Big Mike’s] right arm, I’m almost positive that he couldn’t like hit the officer because the officer has his right arm (108:1).

This testimony fails to explain how Wilson suffered a clear injury to his right check.

Johnson also claims in his Anderson Cooper interview (just a few days after the shooting) that Brown was hit in the chest by the only shot Wilson fired from inside the car:

And in a minute I heard “I’ll shoot, I’m about to shoot.”  And I’m standing so close to Big Mike and the officer that I look in his window and I see that he has his gun pointed at both of us.  And when he fired his weapon, I moved seconds before he pulled the trigger.  I saw the fire come out the barrel, and I instantly knew that it was a gun.  I looked at my friend, Big Mike, and I saw that he was struck in the chest or up region because I saw blood splatter down his side or his right area.

In his grand jury testimony about a month later — after the autopsy commissioned by the Brown family had been completed (and made known to Johnson (163:14)) — Johnson was more circumspect about where the shot hit Brown, while sticking to story that Brown was never in the car:

The bullet came outside the car and struck him [Big Mike].  He was never inside the car and got struck, he was outside the car when the first shot went off.   The officer was inside the car . . . but when he shot the gun, [the] bullet traveled outside his car and struck Big Mike in the chest, or I seen blood coming from [there] (106:7).

Johnson also claimed that Brown never came in contact with Wilson’s gun:

I never saw, at no time [did] Big Mike’s hand touch the gun or anything like that because of the gun was already out drawn (107:11).

Johnson’s testimony is inconsistent with the physical evidence.  As I discussed Friday, the medical examiner found that the first wound Brown suffered was not a chest wound, but a wound to his right thumb from a close range shot.  Moreover, Brown’s DNA was found on Officer Wilson’s gun (Vol. 19, 182:16) and on the interior left front door panel of Wilson’s car (185:9).  Johnson’s story also fails to account for a bullet hole in the driver’s side door from a shot fired inside the car.  On the other hand, the DNA expert did not find Wilson’s DNA on Michael Brown’s shirt (191:15).  Read More: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/12/02/why-michael-browns-best-friends-story-is-incredible/

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