Darren Wilson’s testimony to grand jury reveals officer claimed he felt intimidated by Michael Brown
As reactions continue to trail the decision by a grand Jury in Ferguson not to indict Darren Brown- the officer who shot dead teenager Michael Brown, much media attention has been turned towards his testimony, available online, which probably played a huge part in how the jury arrived at their decision.
According to the document taken during Wilson’s testimony, the officer explains his version of events, which vary greatly to initial accounts by eye witnesses. Some witnesses reportedly retracted their initial statements after further investigation, explained St Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
Mr McCulloch dismissed witness accounts of the incident which has sparked widespread protests in Ferguson since 18-year-old Mike Brown was shot dead by Wilson on that fateful day. he told the press gathered during his much-anticipated announcement of the jury decision that some eye-witness accounts had been based on hearsay and that some witnesses eventually admitted to not having even witnessed the shooting at all.
Micheal Brown was shot on the 9th of August after a scuffle with Ferguson police officer Darren Brown. The teenager was unharmed at the time of the fatal shooting. Initial reports had suggested that the officer had shot the teenager even though he’s had his arms up in the air in surrender, leading many to protest what they saw as the brutality of the American police by using excessive force.
However, Officer Brown’s testimony differs greatly from previously circulated accounts. Brown told jurors that he hadn’t even been responding to the call out to apprehend Brown and his friend, both of whom had apparently just robbed a convenience store. He recalled coming across the pair walking in the middle of the road and he claims he asked them to walk on the curb rather than the obstruct traffic. What unfolds after this according to Wilson was a scuffle between himself and Brown, which eventually led him to discharge his fire arm.
Wilson defended his actions saying he had considered other options before finally deciding to pull his weapon because he felt threatened by the size of Brown, who is actually quite similar in height to him at just over 6ft, although, he weighed a bit more than the officer. Wilson explained that he felt intimidated by Brown’s size and stated that, he “felt like a child in front of Hulk Hogan”.
Following Monday’s announcement, Ferguson has erupted in further unrest and there have been reports of violence and looting as protesters once again took to the streets to express their displeasure at the Jury’s decision not to indict Wilson.
Brown’s parents have expressed their disappointment at the verdict. In a statement released by the family, they said they accept the decision and urged people who intended to protest to do so peacefully.
“We are not here to be violent” They said. “We are here in memory of our son. We are here for protection of all children. We are here to support justice and equality for all people. We lift our voices to ensure black and brown men, women and children can live in this country without being devalued because of the colour of our skin.”