It has recently come out that the star witness in the Mike Brown case, Dorian Johnson, not only lied to police about his friend’s death, but had a history of being dishonest with police. According to reports, Johnson has a warrant out for his arrest dating back to 2011 where he plead guilty to theft as well as falsifying a police report on the matter.
Johnson has risen to a certain amount of fame during the past couple weeks given that he was with Mike Brown during the time of his death. As it has been made fact now via an autopsy report, Johnson was complicit in spreading the false narrative that his friend was shot in the back.
After doing a bit of digging, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was able to discover Johnson’s history writing:
During the summer after his first semester at Lincoln, Johnson was charged with a misdemeanor after giving police a false first name after he was arrested on suspicion of theft. He later pleaded guilty.
He was accused of stealing a package containing a backpack belonging to someone else from an apartment complex. When he was arrested in that case, he identified himself as Derrick Johnson and said he was 16.
He is wanted for failing to appear in Jefferson City municipal court to answer to the theft charge, court officials said.
Furthermore, the past of the common criminal was apparently known of by the NAACP despite their eagerness the thrust him into the spotlight. It seems however that a history of lying to the police matters not when vetting a witness as the Post-Dispatch further describes:
Adolphus Pruitt, president of the St. Louis NAACP chapter, which has been encouraging witnesses to come forward, said Johnson’s false report case “doesn’t concern me.”
“He’s been very clear about what occurred, and now we have … four others stating facts that support the statements he’s been making,” Pruitt said. “Why would that diminish other accounts that are relatively the same?”
In order for the truth of the day’s events leading to the death of Michael Brown are far from being established. However, it’s important, in the name of justice, to establish these facts in a court of law rather than on the platform of the mainstream media.
Regardless of Johnson’s history, his account of the situation has been disproven by actual evidence. The fact that he has a history of lying to police should have rendered his account worthless – should have.