Ramblings

Protesters vandalize a car outside the Ferguson Police Department in Ferguson, Missouri,Just thought I’d share a few things that are going on.  Last night resulted in the first Code 1000 since the Monday of the Grand Jury decision.  There really wasn’t much to it.  By the time we arrived, the crowd had already dispersed seemingly in reference to the code, though there is no way to know.

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Witnesses: Part III

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  • Part I: Crime Scene Detective 1
  • Part II: Crime Scene Detective 2
  • Part III: Forensic Pathologist
  • Part IV: Dorian Johnson (Not yet posted)

PART III:
Forensic Pathologist – St. Louis County

This segment is a little bit harder to read because it is largely in reference to pictorial evidence that we do not have access to.  The summaries of the injuries toward the end are the most important element.

All Page Numbers are in reference to total 4799 page PDF.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/11/25/us/evidence-released-in-michael-brown-case.html?_r=0

Summary of important topics:

  • -Autopsy took place on August 10th, 2014
  • -Body was locked in a container and transported. Chain of custody was maintained from scene to medical examiner.
  • -Michael Brown weighed 289 lbs and was 6 foot 5 inches tall.
  • -Forensic Pathologist explains his rationale between entry/exit wounds.
  • -The injury to the hand was a close range gun shot graze
  • -The injury to the eye was not fatal. The gunshot entered the skin of the head and went toward the point of least resistance which traveled through Brown’s eye but did not pierce his skull.
  • -The injury that entered the top of his head was fatal and presumably the final shot.
  • -The top of the head shot came from a distance greater than 3 feet.
  • -6 entrance wounds. 3 exit wounds. 2 graze wounds.
  • -All shots were to the front. The shot to the dorsal portion of the right forearm arm could have come while trailing behind or from a number of other scenarios.

 

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Witnesses: Part II

74870004Crime Scene Detective #2, St. Louis County Police
(Pictured above is Darren Wilson, not the Detective)

All Page Numbers are in reference to total 4799 page PDF.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/11/25/us/evidence-released-in-michael-brown-case.html?_r=0

Summary of important topics:

  • -This detective arrived at the hospital at 1420.
  • -Darren Wilson was already in the emergency room.
  • -Visible marks to his face and neck.
  • -Blood on his pants.
  • -Blood on his shirt.
  • -Darren Wilson’s Gun was recovered at the Ferguson PD after leaving the hospital.
  • -Gun was not fingerprinted due to DNA swab for blood.
  • -Latent prints are unlikely to be present due to the conditions of a struggle. I can confirm this is consistent with the rarity of obtaining usable fingerprint evidence in the first place.
  • -One intact bullet was with the gun, indicating with previous witness 12 shots plus one in the chamber for Wilson’s Sig Sauer.

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Witnesses: Part I

74810024In the coming weeks I’m going to be working my way through the various testimony to the Grand Jury in the case of the Michael Brown shooting. This is a significant undertaking seeing as the PDF that I downloaded from the New York Times is 4799 pages. The page references to follow are in reference to the greater PDF and not the page numbers in the individual transcript documents.

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/11/25/us/evidence-released-in-michael-brown-case.html?_r=0

First up is:

Crime Scene Detective #1, St. Louis County Police

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Priorities

B3RKkjLCMAAtW-i.jpg largeThe situation in Ferguson has calmed dramatically since Monday.  There are still protests, but without the active threat of pending violence that the demonstrators have taken advantage of for months, their complaints seem much more inconsequential.  Tempers have not cooled and the inevitable departure of the National Guard will be the test to see if we have achieved any modicum of lasting peace.  I’m personally skeptical, but don’t mind if in the meantime people want to lay on the floor of shopping malls or peacefully picket in front of Ferguson PD because they’re too afraid to step things up again like they did on Monday. Continue reading