The story continues over the shooting of an unarmed young, Black man, Michael Brown by a White Police Officer, Darren Wilson on 8/9/14 in Ferguson, MO. at or before 12:03 p.m. About 40 minutes later, the Ferguson police chief called the St. Louis County Crime Investigative team to take over the case. The St. Louis team arrived at the crime scene at 1:30 p.m.
Post the shooting tragedy, Michael Brown was covered by a white sheet and surrounded by orange screens as of 1:30 p.m. The on duty Sergeant supervisor instructed Officer Wilson to return to the police station. Officer Wilson followed his orders while still carrying his gun and wearing clothes spotted with blood.
After 1:30 p.m., when the ST. Louis County Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Unit, Bureau of Crimes Against Persons arrived, the lead detective took over. The lead detective’s report number is 14-43984. Besides overseeing and protecting the integrity of the crime scene after he perused the area, he interviewed the Sergeant supervisor on the scene who had already debriefed Officer Wilson. As summarized on page 3 of report #14-43984, the sergeant provided a brief description of what Officer Wilson had shared with him which became the outline of Officer Wilson’s version of events. He detailed how Officer Wilson had originally made contact with two subjects, providing them with directions to get off the Canfield Dr. roadway center line and on to the sidewalk. The brief description dove tails with Officer Wilson’s accounts. What was not forthcoming from the sergeant supervisor and the two Ferguson police first respondents was the information that Officer Wilson was privy and involved in the investigation of convenient store theft; however, the first respondent was the officer assigned to this case.
The initial statements provided to the St. Louis County lead detective by the first two police respondents to the crime scene, are why I came to discount Police Officer Darren Wilson ‘s accounts that he was informed about the Ferguson Market theft prior to his shooting Michael Brown on 8/9/14.
It is important to note that the Ferguson Market video time stamp indicates that Michael Brown entered the store at 11:53 a.m. and presuming that they left at 11:54 a.m., then this is the earliest possible time that the police dispatcher would have been informed of the theft. The Ferguson officer who was assigned to the theft case was the first one to be interviewed by the lead detective. As per the Ferguson PD incident report 14-12390 on page 9, this Ferguson officer said that he had accepted the theft assignment at 11:58 a.m. regarding the Ferguson Market, located at 9101 W. Florissant Ave., in Ferguson, MO. The description of the theft suspect was a Black male wearing a white T-shirt and who was then walking northbound on West Florissant Ave. From that location he conducted a canvass of the area but was unable to locate subject. He then drove to the scene at Ferguson market and made contact with the clerk who provided a more thorough description of the subject. The clerk stated that he was a Black male, wearing a Red cardinal’s baseball hat, a white T-shirt, khaki colored cargo shorts and yellow socks.
The Ferguson officer departed the Ferguson Market and responded to the Quik Trip located at 9420 W. Florissant Ave. in Ferguson, MO., continuing his canvass of the area. His inspection of Quik trip did not locate the suspect and he returned to his marked patrol vehicle. It seems to me that all the above steps would take more than 9 minutes which is based on the time span being at the most between 11:54 a.m. and 12:03 p.m., the estimated time of Michael Brown’s death. The ST. Louis County PD report #14-43984 on page 1, reports the estimated time of death as 12:02 p.m. Whonoze on 1/1/15 provided me this data regarding the time of death:
A Glide user living nearby (whose identity is being protected) was simply using the Glide app on their smartphone exactly as it was designed – to instantly communicate with a friend through our real-time video texting service. Simultaneously, they also captured audio in the background of the gunshots allegedly fired at Michael Brown.
Because Glide is the only messaging application using streaming video technology, each message is simultaneously recorded and transmitted, so the exact time can be verified to the second. In this case, the video in question was created at 12:02:14 PM CDT on Saturday, August 9th.
The first Ferguson officer interviewed, heard Police Officer Darren Wilson call out over the radio. Officer Wilson requested an assist unit and provided his location. He described Officer’s Wilson’s voice to be “excited.” Knowing that Police Officer Darren Wilson’s location was in very close proximity to his own, the Ferguson officer activated his emergency lights and sirens and he headed in Officer Wilson’s direction. As he rounded the curve in the 3000 block of Canfield Dr., he heard four gun shots in succession. As he drove through the curve, he had an unobstructed view of the street. This Ferguson officer observed a male lying on the pavement and Police Officer Darren Wilson was standing near him.
The other Ferguson Police officer who drove up to the scene at almost the same time as the first officer interviewed, said that he heard no shots as he was driving towards Canfield Dr. After he heard Officer Wilson’s “Frank 21” call, saying I’m on Canfield with two, send me another car, he was on the scene quickly and so he did not believe Police Officer Darren Wilson had an opportunity to radio for help a second time.
The devil is in the details. Why did one officer claim to hear four gun shots but the other did not? To further the confusion, on page 12 of the lead detective’s report #14-43984, Officer Wilson states that he heard the dispatcher announce news of the theft but I question this because of the timeline. He had been assigned to assist a sick child case at about 11:44 a.m. The Ferguson PD report #14-12390 page 9 indicates he arrived at 11:48 a.m. Did he have enough time to visit the home of the sick child, render assistance and then leave in time to have listened to the dispatcher’s news around 11:54 a.m. which is a time total of 6 minutes? In addition, as per Map Quest it would take about 10 minutes at a minimum to travel from the St. Cyr / Glenark Dr. area to the Canfield Green Apt. complex.
This is timeline as per police records:
Ferguson Police Department Event Report #14-12390 7140 Sick Case.
Location: Tower at 2491 St Cyr, 2 month old child that can’t breathe when she coughs.
11:45 Event opened by sending work area
11:48 ARRIVED ON SCENE
11:48 Set reminder for 300 seconds
11:48 ENROUTE TO SCENE
12:00 CLEAR UNIT
12:00 Complaint number “14-12390’ Assigned
12:00 Records Management Report Opened
12:00:07 Notes added (the address)
12 10:04 Reopen Incident
Copper creek Ct, Ferguson, Mo, Canfield Dr.
12:02:22 Arrive on Scene
12:04 EMS Contacted
As per, 11/14/14 St. Louis Post Dispatch article by Robert Patrick, the official police dispatch records show that the “21” request for assist call by Officer Darren Wilson was clocked at 12:02:22 p.m. According to the same Post dispatch write up, a bystander tweeted that he just witnessed someone being fatally shot at 12:03 p.m. Could there be other video or cell phone data indicating an earlier time line? However, the ST. Louis County PD report #14-43984, page 1 puts the time of death at 12:02 p.m. The Glide technology as described above establishes the time of death at 12:02:14 CDT. Is it possible that Officer Wilson was calling for assistance after the shooting ended? In short, it is my contention that it is too frustrating to figure out this timeline because the data just doesn’t add up to make sense. Consequently, I don’t believe the story that Officer Wilson was appraised about the theft before he shot Michael Brown. In the 11/14/14 Post Dispatch article, Michael Brown’s family attorney also is dubious about this prior notice and has submitted the following comment:
“Lawyers for the Brown family issued a statement Saturday (11/8/14) saying that from the beginning the Ferguson Police Department has sought to “vilify the victim and put the shooter on a pedestal.”
The statement also said, “the audio clearly demonstrates that the initial interaction with the officer and Brown had nothing to do with the incident at the convenience store.”
Before the lead detective left the scene, he made note of the apartment building, numbered 2960 Canfield Dr. He observed that on the north side of the brick and vinyl constructed building, damage consistent with having been struck by a gun projectile which was located above the eastern most window on the first level. The detectives were not able to remove it without doing significant structural damage to the building. this is documented on the police report #14-43984, page 8.
The lead detective walked into the Ferguson Police Station around 2:00 p.m. to meet with Police Officer Darren Wilson. He did verify the injuries of a red swollen bruises on Officer Wilson’s right side of his face; the left ear and some scratches and an abrasion in the neck area. Officer Darren Wilson pointed to a yellow evidence package which contained his gun. Before Police Officer Darren Wilson was escorted to a local emergency room, the lead detective took custody of his his shirt and his firearm. He did not take custody of the duty belt until mid September after Officer Wilson’s attorney advised them that it had been stored in Officer Wilson’s trunk of his personal vehicle.
After 2:15 p.m., Officer Wilson provided a formal initial statement to the St. Louis County lead detective with his attorney present. (PD #14-43894, pages 11-13) The important points are as follows:
1.) He claims he did hear the dispatcher broadcast about a stealing of Cigarillos reported to have occurred at 9101 W. Florissant Ave. A description of the suspect was provided.
2.) When he first met the 2 young men on Canfield Dr., He stated, “Hey guys, why don’t you walk on the sidewalk?” Dorian Johnson responded that they were almost to their destination but Michael Brown added, The fuck with what you say.” Both subjects continued to walk past his SUV.
3.) Police Officer Darren Wilson notified dispatch at 12:02 p.m. that he would be conducting a pedestrian check on Canfield Dr. and he requested an assist officer. He then placed his vehicle in reverse and backed up towards subjects.
4.) As Officer Wilson was raising the firearm, Michael Brown grabbed the top of the gun. He explained how the suspect’s hand was large enough to encompass the top of the slide, a large portion of the hand grips and the trigger guard. Michael Brown then yelled, “you’re too much of a pussy to shoot me?”
5.)Police officer Darren Wilson admitted that while he was inside his SUV, the firearm discharged one round of ammunition which traveled through the driver’s door and one which hit Michael Brown.
6.) Police Officer Darren Wilson alleges that after he shot Michael Brown and he was covered with blood, that the suspect re entered the driver’s side window area and proceeded to punch Officer Wilson several times in the face with a closed fist.
7.) Officer Wilson exited his vehicle and notified his dispatcher that shots were fired and he was requesting assistance from other officers (This notice was never received by dispatch). He chased Michel Brown on foot. When Michael Brown stopped running at a distance of about 30 feet away, he then turned around as he was placing his right hand into the waistband of his pants and started charging towards Officer Wilson. He had a psychotic, intense look on this face. Officer Wilson knew that Michael Brown could over power him if he closed the distance and then he would be done.
8.) As per the St. Louis County PD report #14-43984, pages 14-15 details Officer Wilson’s version of the gun shot sequencing. Once Michael Brown refused to heed Officer’s commands to stop and he came within 15 feet of him, Officer Wilson indicated he discharged his weapons five rounds to stop the threat. As Michael Brown continued to advance, Officer Wilson discharged 2 more rounds. Officer Wilson stated that Michael Brown then leaned forward and appeared as if he was attempting to tackle him. Officer Wilson then discharged one more round to stop the threat.
9.) On page 15 of the St. Louis County PD report #14-43984, it is documented that Officer Wilson describes that while back at the station, he observed apparent blood on the back of his left forearm and the front of his right hand. He did take time to wash his hands and clean up before departing to be driven to the emergency room. The trauma unit report does not detail any bloody wounds on Officer Wilson’s body.
10.) The St Louis County lead detective, noted that there was blood present on the slide and frame of Police Officer Darren Wilson’s gun that he had placed into evidence (PD report #14-43984, page16).
The travesty is that this is a case that deserves to see the light of day in a courtroom. If it ever does, the Governor Jay Nixon will rue the day he decided not to assign a special prosecutor in the Michael Brown case.
The story continues on my next blog, “Michael Brown’s Memorial Tells The Story, Part IV.” Remember that the above story all occurred on 8/9/2014.
NOTE: As to the Glide technology time line, whonoze has forwarded the following caveat:
“The statement from Glide is a little ambiguous: “each message is simultaneously recorded and transmitted, so the exact time can be verified to the second. In this case, the video in question was created at 12:02:14 PM (CDT) on Saturday, August 9th.”
“It’s not clear what constitutes a ‘message’ or ‘the video in question’ and what defines a ‘creation time’. The released clip is about 7 seconds long, and is obviously part of a conversation that had begun earlier and continued on after the in and out points of the clip. A file might be ‘created’ when the recording starts, or when it ends (only then being a complete file defined). The recording may be one continuous file, or a linked series of sub-files of fixed size (each sub-file with it’s own creation time). Of course, Glide knows how its technology works, and given the markers of file as recorded by the gentleman’s device, they could explain how to pinpoint the beginnings of the shots to the second. However, the company may not have been given all the pertinent info on the file. What Glides statement confirms is that the audio was recorded proximate enough to the shooting as to verify its authenticity as a live recording of the sound.”