Autopsy: Michael Brown Was Shot 6 Times

Pathologist says teen shot in head; mom calls for officer's arrest

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 18, 2014 1:06 AM CDT | Updated Aug 18, 2014 7:48 AM CDT

(Newser) – The results of a private autopsy on Michael Brown may escalate tensions in Ferguson, Missouri, even further: The examiner says the unarmed teenager was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, and all the bullets came from the front, reports the New York Times. Pathologist Michael Baden, New York City's former chief medical examiner, says all the bullets were fired from at least one or two feet away, and one bullet—apparently the last one fired—hit the top of the 18-year-old's head. "To have a shot that’s at a 90-degree angle from the top of his skull to the bottom of his chin, almost vertical, that sounds like an officer standing over him," a lawyer for the Brown family tells the Los Angeles Times, though Baden stresses he had no access to witness statements and more information will be needed to determine the facts of the shooting.

Police have identified the officer who shot Brown as Darren Wilson, a six-year veteran of the force. The report comes as Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, spoke to Good Morning America this morning, and as MSNBC reports, she said that justice is "being fair, arresting (Wilson) and making him accountable for his actions." The Justice Department has ordered federal officials to carry out another autopsy on Brown, while Missouri has yet to make the details of its own autopsy public.

Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd in Ferguson yesterday.
Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd in Ferguson yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd in Ferguson yesterday.
Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd in Ferguson yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
This photo provided by the Brown family shows Michael Brown, 18, who was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.
This photo provided by the Brown family shows Michael Brown, 18, who was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo, on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014.   (AP Photo/Brown Family)
The Rev. Al Sharpton raises his hands with the crowd during a service for the Michael Brown family in Ferguson yesterday.
The Rev. Al Sharpton raises his hands with the crowd during a service for the Michael Brown family in Ferguson yesterday.   (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)
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