Last night the family-requested, private autopsy of Michael Brown was released to the public. The autopsy, one of the first official statements regarding the death of the eighteen year old black teenager, who was shot almost ten days ago by a white police officer in Ferguson, MO, reveals that Brown was shot six times. The shooting sparked outrage across the country. Rioting, Looting, and Protesting has plagued the small suburb of St. Louis. Governor Jay Nixon has recently called in the National Guard to assist in providing security.
The high-profile doctor who performed the autopsy said Brown was shot four times in the arm and chest and twice in the head. All shots entered from the front. The final two in the head led to Brown’s death. Dr. Baden says Brown’s head was bent downward at the time of impact, indicating one of two things: he was surrendering to police or he was charging the officer.
In a press conference today, Brown’s lawyer, Daryl Parks, said the autopsy backs eye-witness accounts that Michael Brown was surrendering at the time of death. He concludes the autopsy provides enough evidence to support the arrest of Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown. Brown’s mother agrees saying, “What else do we need to give them to arrest the killer of my child?”
Dr. Baden, however, never came to this conclusion. Instead, he said the results were inconclusive and that, at this time, there was still not enough evidence to support either claim. He is waiting until the St. Louis County autopsy is released to make a final conclusion.
The St. Louis County autopsy is expected to be released within the next two weeks. We’ll keep you updated.