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Michael Brown autopsy results give bad news for protesters

by Ashley Naples

The Michael Brown situation is getting more and more complicated with each passing day.   The official autospy of the shooting has been released, and it doesn’t look good for the protestors. Of course, that won’t matter to those who don’t trust the system, and it may be system mistrust that is at the heart of the protests anyway.

According to the report, two experts not involved in the case said that Brown had marijuana in his system at the time of the incident.  Additionally, the documents, from the St. Louis County medical examiner also say that the shooting appeared to be from close range, and that there is some degree of evidence that Brown fought the officer in order to take his gun.

A source on the case claims that the gun fired twice during the alleged struggle, with one of the shots hitting Brown in the hand.  But it was the shots that were fired later that have led to the most controversy.

The St. Louis medical examiner, Dr. Michael Graham, who is not part of the official investigation, says that the report “does support that there was a significant altercation at the car.”

Dr. Graham also says that the report seems to show that the bullet traveled from the tip of Brown’s right thumb toward his wrist.  However, critics say that there was no stippling, which is a powder that shows if a shot was fired at close range.

Despite this, Graham says, “Sometimes when it’s really close, such as within an inch or so, there is no stipple, just smoke.”

If these facts are true, what does that say about this case, and the anger that have ensued?   Almost nothing released by the medical examiner is going to slow down the consistent protest and strife occurring in the streets of Ferguson and across the country.  Maybe this case is bigger than just Michael Brown, and perhaps these results mean nothing for the struggle at-large.



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