Ever since the autopsy of Michael Brown was made public, the racist right wing and Police State apologists have been crowing about how Brown was shot in the front and not in the back as he was fleeing the police. Eyewitnesses have stated, repeatedly, that Brown was shot in the back and then turned with his arms raised before being gunned down. Since the autopsy seems to contradict this, the racists and apologists have latched on to the report to declare that everything is fine, nothing to see here, move along. Brown was just another
nigger “thug” that got what was coming to him.
As Officer Wilson got out of his car, the men were running away. The officer fired his weapon but did not hit anyone, according to law enforcement officials.
This is a problem for the racist/apologist narrative that Brown was killed while beating up a cop. Try to picture the following:
Brown and Wilson wrestle in the police cruiser. Brown punches Wilson in the face (possibly hard enough to fracture something). Brown breaks free from the police cruiser and runs for it. Wilson fires a shot and misses (or perhaps grazes Brown’s arm). Brown stops running, turns around, raises his arms in surrender (this is not in dispute. His arms were raised) and then…?
According to the racists and apologists, Brown decides to charge at the very angry cop that is currently pointing a gun at him. But does that make any sense? That Brown, so afraid of being shot that he stopped running from a guaranteed arrest and almost guaranteed jail time for punching a cop, would charge towards a drawn weapon that had already been fired at him by the same cop he’d just punched?
Or is it far more likely that a cop, enraged at being punched in the face (and possibly suffering a fracture) by a
nigger “thug” decided to fire six shots at the unarmed source of his anger?
The first scenario would require Brown going very much against the natural human reaction to mortal fear. The second scenario would require Wilson to follow through on very natural human aggression.
I’d say this is an important piece of the conversation but the lie is already embedded in the minds of the racists and Police State apologists. Even if Wilson goes to trial and is convicted, in part, because of this information, we’ll still be hearing for years how Brown was never running away and how he had it coming. After all, he was just a