Yesterday we finally picked up on the analysis of a video of the aftermath of the Ferguson shooting. With credit to the Conservative Treehouse for listening carefully, we gleaned that an apparent eyewitness, explaining the circumstances to a bystander, said that Michael Brown ran from the police truck and then doubled back.
Right wing media have been on this, but today the NY Times delivers a surprising non-surprise - in a report on the Michael Brown autopsy they include a link to the video in question but utterly overlook the key bit (from 6:30 forward). Here is the Times:
A 10-minute video posted on YouTube appeared to be taken on a cellphone by someone who identified himself as a neighbor. The video, which has collected more than 225,000 views, captures Mr. Brown’s body, the yellow police tape that marked off the crime scene and the residents standing behind it.
“They shot that boy ’cause they wanted to,” said one woman who can be heard on the video.
“They said he had his hands up and everything,” said the man taking the video, speaking to a neighbor.
Here is the key exchange as excerpted by the Conservative Treehouse:
#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
#2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him
#2 Then the next thing I know he coming 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...
Let's cut to the Times coverage of the autopsy:
FERGUSON, Mo. — Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found.
One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.
Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front.
The bullets did not appear to have been shot from very close range because no gunpowder was present on his body. However, that determination could change if it turns out that there is gunshot residue on Mr. Brown’s clothing, to which Dr. Baden did not have access.
Dr. Baden provided a diagram of the entry wounds, and noted that the six shots produced numerous wounds. Some of the bullets entered and exited several times, including one that left at least five different wounds.
“This one here looks like his head was bent downward,” he said, indicating the wound at the very top of Mr. Brown’s head. “It can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer.”
That would be consistent with the statement above, that Michael Brown turned and charged.
Well, now that the Times has listened to the tape and deemed it a useful resource (by running other excerpts) I assume it is only a matter of time until they discover this evidence. It starts around the 6:30 mark with the "he double back/comin' back" just after 6:50. I'm sure they can take it from here!