Michael Brown Autopsy

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The NY Times reported that a private autopsy on Michael Brown shows that he was shot six times from the front, not the back as would be the case if he were running away.Brown autopsy  This tends to support the police version of what happened at the scene.  There was information that Brown turned and was charging Officer Wilson.  If Brown had just tried to take Wilson’s gun and it had discharged (intentionally or not) in the squadcar, then ran, and then turned to re-engage the officer, then any police officer would be expected to fire on the person.

It is like this–the person just tried to take the officer’s gun, and about 90% of the time if they get control of the gun they kill the officer.  Now, unarmed, they are attacking a second time?  They are trying to kill you, so you use deadly force to stop them.

Here it appears that the arm was facing the officer, not in an upright “surrender” position.  It would be consistent with the actions of a strong arm robber contacted by the police, at least in my experience.  I never arrested a strong arm robber who did not resist, it was always a fight to arrest them.

The forensic pathologist stated that it appeared that the two head shots were the last two fired, which would also be consistent with police training.  If Wilson fired four rounds, attempting to hit Brown in the chest without apparent effect, then you fire at the head.  It’s called a “failure drill” as in the first shots failed to stop the suspect.

There will be a total of three autopsies performed.  The local one performed by St. Louis County, this private one, and one in the future to be performed by a federal medical examiner.

Although it is beginning to look like the shooting was justified, I am still opposed to the overly militant response of the police.

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The Military Occupation of Ferguson, Missouri

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Police Force? Or Occupying Army?

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A Call for Police Cover and Suppressive Fire

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Anyone who has been in the military, particularly the Infantry should be appalled by this.  At PoliceOne, retired Wisconsin police leiutenant Dan Marcou has noted that “The military would have no qualms about laying down cover fire to rescue a downed soldier” and lays out a hypothetical situation where a shooter has taken a hostage and wounded a police officer by firing shotgun slugs through a closed door.

Lt. Dan, as he is known, is disappointed that police cannot lay down cover fire to support the extraction of the downed officer.

OK, that seems reasonable, until you actually look at the facts.

The shooter is behind a closed door with at least one innocent hostage.  To provide cover fire, other officers would be firing blindly through the door.  There would be no target identification, acquisition, or isolation, just blind shooting through a door or wall.  There would be no way of knowing where the innocent hostage was located, whether they would be in danger or not, and despite Lt. Dan’s acknowledgement that officers are responsible for every round fired, that is not reality.

Don’t believe me?

Look at the following cases:

  • NYPD officers hit two innocent bystanders while shooting at an unarmed man who they believed had a weapon.  No officers have been charged.  Sept. 2013.
  • Boston police shot an officer while shooting at the bombing suspects.  The officer almost died.  They also shot up an empty black SUV.  Multiple homes were damaged by gunfire.  No charges against any officer.  Apr. 2013.
  • LAPD officers fire over 100 rounds at two innocent women during the Dorner manhunt.  No criminal charges were filed.  Apr. 2013.
  • Las Vegas Metro officers hit an innocent bystander while shooting an armed shooting suspect.  No charges were filed against the officers.  Feb. 2013.
  • NYPD officers shot an armed suspect near the Empire State Building, hitting him 10 times and killing him.  Nine innocent bystanders are also hit by police.  Mayor Bloomberg defended the officers’ actions and no charges were filed.  Aug. 2012.
  • San Francisco PD officers shoot at (and miss) an armed suspect, striking an innocent bystander.  No criminal charges were filed against the officer.  July 2011.

We could go on.  In 10 years, from 2002 t0 2012, NYPD shot 30 innocent bystanders without filing criminal charges on any of the officers involved.

Allowing police to use cover and suppressive fire is a ludicrous idea.  In the military, the idea of suppressive fire is to put enough firepower into an area to keep the enemy from engaging your own forces.  The military is not concerned about collateral damage.  They are not concerned about citizen safety as opposed to officer safety.

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