Michael Brown’s independent autopsy report pokes holes in witness statement.
FERGUSON, MO August 18, 2014 – Early Monday afternoon lawyers for Michael Brown; the teenager who was killed by a Ferguson police officer, held a press conference. This conference focused on a newly released autopsy report from a Medical Examiner that was hired by the Brown family. His main conclusion backed claims that Brown was trying to surrender when he was killed, however he would not confirm anything else.
This report comes from Dr. Michael Baden, he is a former chief medical examiner for New York City. The New York Times reported that the autopsy found that Mr. Brown was struck 6 times for in the right arm and two in the head 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.
Baden also highlighted the absence of gunpowder residue, resulting in the fact that Brown was shot from a distance; however, they do point out that their assessment could change with an examination of Brown’s clothing. Dr. Baden pointing out the fatal shot also shows that Brown would not have survived even if he was taken to a hospital. Baden’s autopsy is the second in a total of three that are and will be performed. The final autopsy will be performed by the Department of Justice according to Attorney General Eric Holder.
According to the Washington Post, Brown had marijuana in his system; however a full autopsy report are not expected for a couple of weeks. Dr. Baden has testified in dozens of high-profile cases, including O.J. Simpson’s trial. Regardless of the number of bullets, Baden said that we still need more information to make factual conclusions. “In my capacity as the forensic examiner for the New York State Police, I would say, ‘You’re not supposed to shoot so many times,’ ” said Dr. Baden, who retired from the state police in 2011. “Right now there is too little information to forensically reconstruct the shooting.”
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