The report also cites unnamed sources as saying the evidence so far did not support civil rights charges against officer.
Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot Michael Brown while on patrol in August, told investigators he feared for his life and was pinned in his vehicle during a struggle over his gun, according to a New York Times report.
The report posted on the newspaper’s website Friday night credits unnamed “government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation into the matter” who also say the evidence so far did not support civil rights charges against Wilson.
Wilson told authorities Brown reached for the officer’s gun during a struggle inside his police SUV, the Times reported. The gun fired twice inside the car. One bullet hit Brown in the arm and the other bullet missed him, the Times reported. Brown was unarmed.
Brown’s blood was found on Wilson’s gun, uniform, and the inside of the vehicle door, the Times reported. Wilson said Brown “punched and scratched him repeatedly, leaving swelling on his face and cuts on his neck,” the Times said.
This testimony is the first public account from Wilson, who testified before the grand jury in September. It but doesn’t touch on why Wilson fired at Brown several times after he got out of his vehicle, the Times points out.
Brown’s attorney, Anthony Gray, said that the new details won’t make much of a difference because they are from early in the confrontation.
“When you’re raising your arms to surrender, it hits a reset button,” says Gray, referring to witness accounts that Brown, 18, raised his hands after the struggle at the car.
Gray said he doesn’t dispute that something happened between Brown and Wilson at the police vehicle. But he wonders why Wilson would go after Brown and perceive him as a threat outside the vehicle, even knowing that Brown had been shot.
“His actions contradict the presence of fear,” Gray said. “You’re fearful, a guy’s running, but you’re going to get out and chase him? How many people do you know chase something that you’re fearful of?”
The St. Louis County grand jury has been meeting on the case since Aug. 20. St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch has said he expects a decision by mid to late November.
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