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
Autopsy: Michael Brown Was Shot 6 Times
Police wait to advance after tear gas was used to disperse a crowd in Ferguson yesterday.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

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. (More Michael Brown stories.)

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