Was Michael Brown Rushing the Police Officer?

The story of Michael Brown and Ferguson just got potentially more complicated.

You can see the IJReview.com video here. But it has also been made available via Youtube. Here is one that is a little bit longer than most of them but also prints the relevant statements while they are being said audibly. (Warning, a few bits of bad language.)

Here is IJReview.com’s transcript of a portion of the audio:

#1 How’d he get from there to there?

#2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck – cause he was like over the truck

{crosstalk}

#2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him

{crosstalk}

#2 Then the next thing I know he doubled back toward him cus – the police had his gun drawn already on him –

#1. Oh, the police got his gun

#2 The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like – but he kept coming toward him

{crosstalk}

#2 Police fired shots – the next thing I know – the police was missing

#1 The Police?

#2 The Police shot him

#1 Police?

#2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about “he took it from him”)

So how does this possibility change things?

Up until now, we had the following facts:

  1. There was a struggle at and through the window of the police vehicle.
  2. There were two different accounts of how that struggle started.
  3. A shot was fired inside the vehicle
  4. Some number of other shots were fired when Michael Brown was away from the vehicle.

So now we have the possibility that Michael Brown ran, stopped, turned, and charged the police officer. This seems incredible but I suspect the autopsy will give us some hard evidence if that is what happened. Plus, hopefully these witnesses whose voices we can hear in the video will be tracked down and asked more questions.

If Michael Brown did indeed charge a police officer, then the officer’s claim that Brown attacked him through the window becomes much more believable. Saying, “that would be suicide” no longer counts as a reason for skepticism.