After months of relative silence regarding Darren Wilson, the police officer accused of shooting an unarmed Michael Brown to death in Ferguson, Mo., the New York Times has published a report detailing some of Officer Wilson’s statements to investigators. Wilson tells the story of a struggle inside his police car:
The police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., two months ago has told investigators that he was pinned in his vehicle and in fear for his life as he struggled over his gun with Mr. Brown, according to government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter.
The officer, Darren Wilson, has told the authorities that during the scuffle, Mr. Brown reached for the gun. It was fired twice in the car, according to forensics tests performed by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The first bullet struck Mr. Brown in the arm; the second bullet missed.
The forensics tests showed Mr. Brown’s blood on the gun, as well as on the interior door panel and on Officer Wilson’s uniform. Officer Wilson told the authorities that Mr. Brown had punched and scratched him repeatedly, leaving swelling on his face and cuts on his neck.
Some Ferguson protestors are taking the news report as an early sign that Wilson will not be indicted in the shooting.
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