Recent reports say that the autopsy conducted by Dr. Michael Baden, a former New York City chief medical examiner, unveiled that one of the bullets shot by the policeman at the teen entered the top of Brown’s skull, suggesting that his head was bent forward when he suffered a fatal injury.
The examiner went on, adding it was likely the last of bullets to hit the boy, 18, whose death has triggered a week of rancorous protests in Ferguson, in suburban St. Louis.
Police haveunveiled to public litttle about the encounter between Brown and the officer, but mentioned that the incideте involved a scuffle in which the officer was injured and Brown was shot. Witnesses say the teenager had his hands in the air as the officer fired several times.
Baden also believes that the 18-year-old was shot four times in the right arm and that all the bullets were fired into his front. The newspaper said the bullets did not appear to have come from very close range because there was no gunpowder on his body.
That determination could change if there were residue on Brown’s clothing, which Baden did not examine.
A spokesman for the Ferguson police told reporters that the department had not seen a report of the autopsy and couldn’t comment on the issue.
Michael Brown was shot by white police officer Darren Wilson. The police department in the St. Louis suburb has come under strong criticism for both the death of an unarmed man and its handling of the protests that surfaced after the incident. Unrest has gripped the area for days, including the past two nights despite a midnight curfew.
“People have been asking: How many times was he shot? This information could have been released on Day 1,” Baden told reporters in an interview after performing the autopsy. “They don’t do that, even as feelings built up among the citizenry that there was a cover-up. We are hoping to alleviate that,” local media quoted him as saying.
Baden said his autopsy was not intended to determine whether the shooting was justified.
“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’,” he said. “Right now there is too little information to forensically reconstruct the shooting.”
Jay Nixon, governor of Missouri, decided on declaring a state of emergency and announced that a curfew would be put in place to prevent further trouble.
“If there was an easy way to separate those who hurt from those who help, we would,” he said at a press conference. “But it is hard. Sometimes – especially at night – we can’t.”
The Governor added: “This is a test. The eyes of the world are watching. This is a test of whether a community – this community, any community – can break the cycle of fear, distrust and violence and replace them with peace, strength and ultimately justice.”
“It will not happen in one night. But that is where it will start.”