After what seemed like a long two weeks filled with anticipation for a grand jury’s decision in the case involving Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, a decision was made public late Monday night.
The grand jury found Officer Wilson not guilty on any of the five indictments against him involving the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
In his now public testimony to the grand jury, he said “I felt that another one of those punches in my face could knock me out or worse. I mean it was, he’s obviously bigger than I was and stronger and the, I’ve already taken two to the face and I didn’t think I would, the third one could be fatal if he hit me right.”
According to his testimony, he was on a call about a sick baby when he heard on the radio about a “stealing in progress.”
He didn’t have plans to respond. Then he came upon two men who were preventing traffic from passing.
He asked the two guys “why don’t you guys walk on the sidewalk?” Brown responded by saying “we are almost to our destination.”
Wilson was asked if those were Brown’s exact words and Wilson said they were. He then said “what’s wrong with the sidewalk?” Brown replied with vulgar language.
This is when Wilson noticed Brown was carrying the stolen cigarillos in his hand and Brown’s friend matched the other description.
Officer Wilson put two-and-two together, called for backup, then reversed his car to cut the two men off.
He asked Brown to come to him, when Brown swore at him and slammed the door shut.
Officer Wilson had to use his door to push Brown back. This is when Brown struck Officer Wilson.
Brown grabbed and pulled on the officer before handing his cigarillos over to his friend. Wilson said he tried holding on to Brown’s arm for control so he wouldn’t be trapped in the car anymore. Wilson said it was like holding onto Hulk Hogan.
Officer Wilson couldn’t open the door and as he grabbed the handle, Brown struck him again.
“What do I do to not get beaten inside my car?” Wilson said.
Brown then grabbed his gun, twisted it, and allegedly dug it down into the officer’s hip.
Wilson said he feared getting shot as he could feel Brown’s fingers trying to get inside the trigger guard. Wilson managed to raise the gun that Brown was holding onto and he pulled the trigger twice, but it just clicked.
He pulled it a third time and it went off, shooting through his door panel. The glass flew out of the door panel and both men were startled.
The glass cut Wilson. Wilson said Brown looked at him ““and had the most intense aggressive face. The only way I can describe it, it looks like a demon, that’s how angry he looked. He comes back towards me again with his hands up.”
Wilson said he tried pulling the trigger again but nothing happened.
Brown then hit him again.
Wilson was able to get a shot off after another click. He then chased Brown, who then stopped. Wilson told him to get on the ground.
Instead, Brown clinched his fists and ran back at Officer Wilson. Wilson said Brown made an aggravated sound towards him, did a stutter step and was going to start running. Brown clinched his left hand as a fist and the right one went up under his shirt in his waste band.
Wilson said he told Brown to get on the ground and he didn’t.
Wilson fired his gun a couple of times. He knew he missed but also hit him as Brown’s body flinched. Wilson said he was battling some tunnel vision. He backpedaled and told Brown to get down again. Brown doesn’t and Wilson fires off another round of shots.
“And the face he had was looking straight through me, like I wasn’t even there, I wasn’t even anything in his way,” Wilson said.
Brown leaned forward to go in for a tackle and was eight to 10 feet away. Wilson looked at his sites and fired. He said all he could see was Brown’s head and that’s what he shot. Brown had so much momentum that after being shot his feet came up before impact.
Read the full testimony at http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/11/25/366519644/ferguson-docs-officer-darren-wilsons-testimony
I share this with you so you have some of the important details of this case. Wilson’s testimony matches the evidence found at the scene while counteracting some of the eyewitness accounts. I knew not many of our readers will see this elsewhere. I thought it was an important information now that is has been made public.