Newly released evidence in the Darren Wilson case has given the public insight as to how the grand jury came to their decision.
The evidence was released Monday night by prosecutor Bob McCulloch after the Ferguson grand jury decided not to indict Officer Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown.
Transcripts reveal that Wilson testified before the grand jury, saying that he was aware that Brown was wanted for stealing cigars minutes before their altercation. When Wilson confronted him, he says Brown slammed the door of his police cruiser on him, prompting him to draw his gun.
“I said, ‘Get back or I’m going to shoot you,’ ” Wilson testified.” He immediately grabs my gun and says, ‘You are too much of a pu–y to shoot me.'”
Brown then charged the police car, and Wilson testified that he would never forget how angry the teen looked.
“The only way I can describe it, it looks like a demon, that’s how angry he looked,” the cop recounted.
The first two shots were fired from inside the vehicle, supporting Wilson’s account of what happened. These shots account for the blood inside the car and on Wilson’s pants.
“Mr. Brown’s blood or DNA were found on the outside of the door,” prosecutor McCulloch told the press, supporting Wilson’s story that Brown tried to steal his weapon.
After slamming the police car door, Brown punched Wilson in the head twice. When the officer fired two shots, the 18 year-old fled, but he quickly stopped.
“His right (hand) goes under his shirt in his waistband and he starts running at me,” Wilson told the jurors. “I tell, keep telling him to go to the ground. He doesn’t. I shoot a series of shots. I don’t know how many I shot.”
“At this point it looked like he was almost bulking up to run through the shots, like it was making him mad that I’m shooting at him,” Wilson added.
A total of ten shots were fired outside the police vehicle, and the cop told jurors that he aimed for Brown’s head with the final shot since he was getting even closer to him.
“When he fell, he fell on his face,” Wilson testified. “And I remember his feet coming up, like he had so much momentum carrying him forward that when he fell, his feet kind of came up a little bit and then they rested.”
“I’ve never seen that much aggression so quickly from a simple request to just walk on the sidewalk.”
While some of the evidence was in Wilson’s favor, others didn’t look so good for the cop. Brown’s body was found 153 feet away from the police car, supporting witnesses’ story that he was fleeing the police officer when he died.
The point of whether Brown was fleeing police or was in surrender when he died was one of the main points analyzed by the grand jury, and it was made complicated by the varying accounts of witnesses.
“The description of how Mr. Brown raised his hands is not consistent between witnesses,” McCulloch said.
One witness described Brown running at Wilson “fully charged.” Others said the teen raised his hands briefly, while some witnesses confessed that they actually hadn’t seen the altercation at all.
The prosecutor made a point of mentioning that the witnesses who saw Brown charging Officer Wilson were African-American.
McCulloch also described the jury of nine whites and three blacks as “engaged” during the testimony of 60 witnesses in this case. He said the jurors regularly asked for specific evidence and confronted witnesses when their testimonies were inconsistent with physical evidence.
The five potential charges presented to jurors varied from first degree murder to involuntary manslaughter. While a grand jury usually only hears evidence that points directly to probable cause and almost always chooses to indict, in this case the prosecutors presented all the evidence to them and did not recommend a specific charge.
The prosecutor’s office drew criticism for this as well as for releasing evidence on Monday night, but McCulloch defended his handling of the matter, saying there is no reason to withhold evidence now that the case is no longer pending.
“It is a closed investigation,” the prosecutor said definitively.
The evidence also revealed Wilson’s thoughts immediately after the shooting that changed his life forever:
“I think I’m just kind of in shock of what just happened, I really didn’t believe it.”
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H/T: New York Daily News