- Evidence released by St Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch
- Includes Darren Wilson’s testimony after shooting Michael Brown, 18
- In document, Wilson claims teenager taunted him as he sat in his car
- ‘He said, “You are too much of a p***y to shoot me,” the officer wrote
- ‘When I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five-year-old holding Hulk Hogan’
- Comes hours after the grand jury’s decision not to indict was unveiled
- Attorney Bob McCulloch revealed black teenager was fired at 12 times
- Evidence also includes never-before-seen photos of Wilson’s injuries
- So far there have been 61 arrests, 13 injuries – and no fatalities
Sophie Jane Evans for MailOnline
Daniel Bates In Ferguson, Missouri for MailOnline
00:50 EST, 25 November 2014
09:08 EST, 25 November 2014
Explosive evidence heard by the grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting case has been released following the panel’s decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.
The evidence, unveiled by St Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch on Monday night, includes the testimony of 28-year-old Wilson after he fatally shot the unarmed black 18-year-old on August 9.
It also features never-before seen photos of the white officer’s injuries, clothing and car – from which he fired two rounds at Brown – witness statements and more than 1,000 other legal documents.
It comes just hours after McCulloch announced that the jury of seven men and five women found that ‘no probable cause exists’ to indict Wilson in the shooting in Ferguson, Missouri.
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Ferguson police officer: A horde of evidence heard by the grand jury in the Michael Brown shooting case has been released following the panel’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson (pictured showing off his injuries)
Released by officials: The officer appears to have slight bruising on his right cheek (pictured), lip and neck
Measuring: A doctor measures a red mark on Wilson’s neck following Michael Brown’s shooting on August 9
Announcement: It comes just hours after McCulloch (left) announced that the jury of seven men and five women found that ‘no probable cause exists’ to indict Wilson in the shooting of Brown (right) in Ferguson
Shooting scene: Brown is pictured lying on the ground after being shot dead by Wilson on August 9 this year
In his testimony, the officer described the moment he gunned down Brown – minutes after the ‘aggressive’ teenager taunted him by saying: ‘You’re too much of a f****** p***y to shoot me’.
Wilson said he felt overpowered by Brown, who weighed 289 lbs and stood at 6ft 5. Wilson, by comparison, is 210 lbs and 6ft 4.
‘When I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five-year-old holding Hulk Hogan.’
Recounting how he shot six bullets into his body, Wilson told police: ‘One of those, however many of them, hit him in the head, and he went down right there.’
The officer said he was completely calm when he stopped Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson as they walked in a Ferguson street and told them: ‘Hey guys, why don’t you walk on the sidewalk?’
The pair then replied they were nearly home, prompting Wilson to say: ‘Okay, but what’s wrong with the sidewalk?’. In a fit of anger, Johnson then reportedly responded: ‘F*** what you have to say’.
Vehicle: Other evidence in the case was also unveiled, including photos of Wilson’s police car (pictured)
Involved in the case: Inside the car, hi-tech equipment was pictured just inches from shards of broken glass
Broken: In the announcement, which has since been criticized, McCulloch revealed Wilson fired at Brown 12 times: twice from a car, then a further ten times in the street. Above, broken glass from the officer’s car
Wilson drove off and then drove back to speak to them, at which point Brown suddenly punched him and they got into a struggle as he tried to get out of his police SUV, the testimony said.
The officer said he reached for his gun and said: ‘Stop I’m going to shoot’. In response, Brown told him: ‘You’re too much of a f****** p**** to shoot me’.
The police interview, in which Wilson described the shooting, was carried out by an unnamed detective the day after the shooting at the St Louis County Police HQ.
Recalling the moment he killed Brown, Wilson said: ‘I was yelling at him to stop and get on the ground. He kept running and then he stopped in this area somewhere.
‘When he stopped he turned, looked at me, made a grunting noise and had the most intense aggressive face I’ve ever seen on a person.
‘When he looked at me he then did like the hop…you know when people do to start running. And he started running at me. During his first stride he took his right hand and put it under his shirt and into his waistband.
Weapon: Other evidence in the case was also unveiled, including images of the pistol (pictured) and bullets involved in the incident, blood stains on the street and the interior of Wilson’s damaged police vehicle
More evidence: Recalling the moment he killed Brown, Wilson said: ‘I was yelling at him to stop and get on the ground. He kept running and then he stopped in this area somewhere.’ Above, Wilson’s name badge
Detailed evidence: This newly-released document lists various details of the fatal shooting on August
‘And I ordered him to stop and get on the ground again. He didn’t.
‘I fired, a, multiple shots. After I fired the multiple shots I paused for a second, yelled at him to get on the ground again, he was still in the same state.
‘Still charging hands, still in his waistband, still hadn’t slowed down. I fired another set of shots. Same thing, still running at me, hadn’t slowed down, hands still in his waistband.
‘He gets about eight to ten feet away, he’s still coming at me in the same way. One of those, however many of them, hit him in the head, and he went down right there.
‘When he went down his hand was still under his, his right hand was still under his body, looked like it was still in his waistband. I never touched him.’
During a later part of the interview, Wilson went over the final moments again and described Brown as ‘very aggressive’.
Shooter: Another shot of Wilson shows him posing in a blue t-shirt after the shooting in Ferguson, St Louis
Cut: The officer shows off a small cut on his chin in the wake of Michael Brown’s high-profile August death
Cop: During a police interview, Wilson (pictured after the shooting), described Brown as ‘very aggressive’
Shown: This evidence inside Wilson’s police vehicle was heard by the Ferguson grand jury during the case
Graphic: In his testimony, the officer described the moment he shot Brown – minutes after the ‘aggressive’ teenager taunted him by saying: ‘You’re too much of a f****** p**** to shoot me’. Above, a graphic of the scene
He said: ‘I don’t really know how to describe it. Um, he turns, I look at his face. It was just like intense. It was. I’ve never seen anybody look like that, for lack of a better words, crazy.
‘It was very aggravated, um, aggressive, hostile. You could tell he was lookin’ through ya. There was nothing he was seeing.’
I looked at his face. It was just like intense. It was.I’ve never seen anybody look like that, for lack of a better words, crazy
In his announcement on Monday night, McCulloch revealed Wilson fired at Brown 12 times: twice from a car, then a further ten times in the street from 125 yards away.
Six or seven bullets struck the teenager, causing him to fall to the ground. He passed away 153 feet east of the officer’s car, the attorney said.
Following the verdict on Monday night, a series of photos of the injuries Wilson sustained in the shooting were released. The officer appears to have slight bruising on his cheek, lip and neck.
Other evidence in the case was also unveiled, including images of the pistol and bullets involved in the incident, blood stains on the street and the interior of Wilson’s police vehicle.
Inside the car, hi-tech equipment is pictured just inches from shards of broken glass. Outside the vehicle, Brown’s baseball cap is seen lying on the ground.
Heartbroken: Ms McSpadden, wearing a cap with the hashtag JFMS – ‘justice for my son’ – publicly sobbed and yelled ’this is wrong!’ after the decision, while Brown’s step-father yelled ‘burn this b**** down’
Outcry: Michael Brown’s mother Lesley McSpadden, seen in a white beanie and sunglasses, being held by a man in a green baseball shirt, collapsed after hearing the decision Monday night
THE FAMILY OF MICHAEL BROWN RELEASE EMOTIONAL STATEMENT
‘We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.
‘While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change.
‘We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.
‘We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.’
McCulloch first said several weeks ago that St Louis County Circuit Judge Carolyn Whittington agreed the evidence in the case would be made public if there was no indictment.
But on Sunday night, a contradictory statement was released by the county’s director of judicial administration, Paul Fox, saying the judge had entered no such order or made no such agreement.
In the statement, sent to KSDK-TV, Mr Fox said Judge Whittington must analyze the records before she can approve their release. It is unknown whether she did this on Monday amid the verdict.
As the panel’s decision was unveiled at a press conference in Missouri at 8:30pm CT on Monday, Brown’s mother collapsed in tears, while the victim’s stepfather screamed ‘Burn this b**** down’.
Following the verdict, Wilson’s lawyers issued a public statement, saying he acted ‘lawfully’ when he gunned down Brown in an act that has since sparked violent protests.
Wilson’s lawyers said in the statement: ‘From the onset, we have maintained and the grand jury agreed that Officer Wilson’s actions on August 9 were in accordance with the laws and regulations that govern the procedures of an officer.
‘Based on the evidence and witness testimony, the grand jury collectively determined there was no basis for criminal charges against Officer Wilson.
‘Law enforcement personnel must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions. Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law.’
Demonstrations: Following the verdict, protesters stormed the streets, before throwing rocks and bottles at police and damaging cars. Officers in riot gear have responded by throwing tear gas into crowds
Fire: Protesters gesture in front of a burning auto parts store in Ferguson in the early hours of Tuesday
LeBron James posted this image on Instagram following Monday’s verdict, referring to the death of Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot by George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer, in Sanford, Florida
Showing his support: Another basketball star, Earvin ‘Magic’ Johnson Jr, took to Twitter to show his support for Brown’s family, saying: My thoughts & prayers are with the Brown family and the people of Ferguson’
Shocked: Tennis star Serena Williams tweeted: ‘Wow. Just wow. Shameful. What will it take???’
STATEMENT FROM MICHAEL BROWN’S FAMILY:
We are profoundly disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions.
While we understand that many others share our pain, we ask that you channel your frustration in ways that will make a positive change. We need to work together to fix the system that allowed this to happen.
Join with us in our campaign to ensure that every police officer working the streets in this country wears a body camera.
We respectfully ask that you please keep your protests peaceful. Answering violence with violence is not the appropriate reaction.
Let’s not just make noise, let’s make a difference.
The statement, obtained by STL Today, added that Wilson was thankful to those who have stood by his side following his shooting of Brown, who died 153 feet east of the officer’s car.
Meanwhile, Wilson’s attorney, Neil Bruntrager, described the past few days as ‘tense’ for his client, who has reportedly received a number of death threats.
He added: ‘(Not being indicted) is a brief respite, but certainly not the end of things for him.’
On Monday night, Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, had to be held up by relatives as she stood on a car outside the Ferguson police station listening to the decision not to indict her son.
She shouted, ‘This is wrong! Everybody want me to be calm but you know how them bullets hit my son’, before placing her face in her hands and sobbing violently.
Meanwhile, Brown’s step father, Louis Head, jumped up and down in rage, screaming: ‘Burn this b**** down! Burn this b**** down!’
Minutes earlier as Miss McSpadden listened to the decision being read out she shouted: ‘What was he (Wilson) defending himself from? ‘Some of you motherf****** think this is a joke!’
Later, however, the family released a statement saying they were ‘disappointed that the killer of our child will not face the consequence of his actions’ and called for peaceful protests.
Following the verdict enraged protesters set fire to buildings and cars and looted businesses in Ferguson.
Violent: A protester squirts lighter fluid on a police car as the car windows are shuttered near the Ferguson Police Department after the announcement of the grand jury decision not to indict officer Darren Wilson
Tear gas: This photo, taken by a CNN photographer, shows police firing tear gas at protesters in Ferguson
Shocking: A protester stands with his hands on his head as a cloud of tear gas approaches in Ferguson
Protests: In the announcement, McCulloch revealed Wilson fired at Brown a staggering 12 times, two shots in a car, then 10 more shots from 125 yards away, six or seven of which struck the teenager. Above, a protestor
OFFICER WILSON’S STATEMENT FOLLOWING THE JURY’S VERDICT
‘Today, a St. Louis County grand jury released its decision that no charges would be filed in the case involving Officer Darren Wilson.
From the onset, we have maintained and the grand jury agreed that Officer Wilson’s actions on August 9 were in accordance with the laws and regulations that govern the procedures of an officer.
‘In a case of this magnitude, a team of prosecutors rightfully presented evidence to this St. Louis County grand jury.
‘This group of citizens, drawn at random from the community, listened to witnesses and heard all the evidence in the case.
‘Based on the evidence and witness testimony, the grand jury collectively determined there was no basis for criminal charges against Officer Wilson.
‘Law enforcement personnel must frequently make split-second and difficult decisions. Officer Wilson followed his training and followed the law.
‘We recognize that many people will want to second-guess the grand jury’s decision. We would encourage anyone who wants to express an opinion do so in a respectful and peaceful manner.
‘On a side note, Officer Wilson would like to thank those who have stood by his side throughout the process. This continued support is greatly appreciated by Officer Wilson and his family.
‘Moving forward, any commentary on this matter will be done in the appropriate venue and not through the media.’
Source: STL Today
President Barack Obama and the family of Michael Brown asked for calm. As Obama spoke live from the White House briefing room, television networks showed him on one side of the screen, and violent demonstrations in Ferguson on the other.
St Louis police reported heavy gunfire late on Monday in the area near where Brown was shot and killed on August 9 and more than a dozen local businesses were razed to the ground by arsonists. Some reports say that fire fighters have been tackling up to 25 structural fires caused by rioters.
So far there have been 29 arrests, 13 injuries – and no fatalities, with police saying they have not fired any shots.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued temporary flight restrictions for the city.
Within minutes of the announcement by the county’s top prosecutor, crowds began pouring into Ferguson streets to protest the decision.
Some taunted police, shattered windows and vandalized cars. Several gunshots were also heard. Officers released tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the gatherings.
The violent protesters went on to damage cars, as well as start fires and loot local businesses. As of early Tuesday morning, more than a dozen local businesses were burning down including a storage center, meat market and Lille Caesars pizza shop.
A few rioters used the chaos as a opportunity to loot local shots, and were pictured fleeing with stolen goods from a liquor store and Toys R Us.
Others congregated and marched shouting ‘Hands up, don’t shoot. No justice, no peace’.
About 400 protesters outside the Ferguson police station became panicked after hearing rapid gunfire down the road.
Protesters tried to flip a police SUV then ran through parked cars smashing windows indiscriminately. They smashed the windows of two restaurants and threw rocks at police in full riot gear. A group was reportedly trying to break into City Hall.
Officers in riot gear responded early on by ordering the crowds to disperse, saying they were blocking the road and gathering illegally.
When the protesters did not comply, police reacted by shooting bean bag rounds, stun grenades and tear gas into the crowds.
Deadly: A fire burns in a trash can during riots on Mondya in Ferguson following the much-anticipated verdict
Angry: This Instagram photo shows protesters burning an American flag following the grand jury’s verdict
Secret wedding: On Monday morning, it was revealed that 28-year-old Wilson (left) – who hasn’t been seen in public since the shooting – quietly married his fellow officer, Barbara Spradling (right), 37, last month
Elsewhere: Protesters shout slogans against the law as they start to rally in New York after the jury’s verdict
Meanwhile, a number of American athletes took to Twitter to express their shock at the jury’s decision. Tennis player Serena Williams tweeted: ‘Wow. Just wow. Shameful. What will it take???’
And basketball player Lebron James expressed his support for the Michael Brown family by posting an image on Instagram of a man wearing a ‘Mike Brown’ T-shirt.
Mr Bruntrager refused to comment on whether Wilson plans to resign from the police department.
On Monday morning, it was revealed that the officer – who hasn’t been seen in public since the shooting – quietly married his fellow officer, Barbara Spradling, 37, last month.
Wilson visited a St Louis County office last month to apply for a marriage license. He wed his fiancee on October 24 in front of his lawyer, Greg Kloeppel, and Judge Christopher B Graville.
So far there have been 61 arrests, 13 injuries – and no fatalities – with police saying they have not fired any shots during the violence.
WHAT THE GRAND JURY HEARD: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE TESTIMONY
A St Louis County grand jury met for 25 days over three months and heard more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses – many of whom gave conflicting statements – before deciding not to indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Here are some of the highlights from the testimony, released by prosecutor Bob McCulloch’s office on Monday night:
A PUNCH TO THE FACE
Wilson told the grand jury that he initially encountered Brown and a friend walking in a street and told them to move to the sidewalk, drawing an expletive from Brown.
Wilson said he noticed that Brown had a handful of cigars, ‘and that’s when it clicked for me’ that the men were suspects in the theft of a convenience store reported minutes earlier.
Wilson said he asked a dispatcher to send additional officers, then backed his vehicle in front of Brown and his friend.
As he tried to open the door, Wilson said, Brown slammed it back shut. Wilson said he pushed Brown with the door and Brown hit him in the face. Wilson told grand jurors he was thinking: ‘What do I do not to get beaten inside my car?’
Wilson said he drew his gun and threatened to shoot if Brown didn’t move back, fearing another punch to the face could ‘knock me out or worse’.
‘He immediately grabs my gun and says, ”You are too much of a p***y to shoot me”,’ Wilson said, saying he thought he would be shot when Brown dug the gun into the officer’s hip.
AN ANGRY LOOK
Wilson said he managed to pull the trigger, and the gun ‘clicked’ twice without firing before a shot went through the window. Wilson said Brown stepped back and then looked at him with the ‘most intense, aggressive face’.
‘The only way I can describe it, it looks like a demon, that’s how angry he looked. He comes back towards me again with his hands up.’
Wilson said he covered his face and fired the gun again. He told the grand jury that he fired two shots in the car before Brown took off running and he followed him.
Wilson said when Brown stopped, he told him to get on the ground. He said he squeezed a series of shots when Brown kept coming toward him and put his right hand under his shirt in the waistband of his pants.
He said he fired another round of shots as Brown continued to gain on him, approaching Wilson as if he was going to tackle him: ‘Just coming straight at me like he was going to run right through me.
‘And when he gets about … 8 to 10 feet away … all I see is his head and that’s what I shot.’
A FRIEND’S SHOCK
Brown’s companion that day, Dorian Johnson, told the grand jury he was stunned when Brown stole cigarillos from the convenience store, and expected to be arrested while they were walking home.
But Wilson drove on after originally telling them to get on the sidewalk, reversing his vehicle and coming back at the pair after they ignored his demand.
‘After he pulled back, there was no more sidewalk talk, it was nothing, it was just anger,’ Johnson told the grand jury.
He said Wilson opened his door suddenly, striking Brown, then closed the door and grabbed Brown by the neck.
He said the two men engaged in a ‘tug of war’ each holding on to the other’s shirt and arms.
As the two wrestled, he said he heard Wilson say, ‘I’ll shoot.’ Johnson said he never saw Brown punch Wilson, and didn’t think he grabbed the officer’s gun.
Johnson described being in shock as he realized things were getting out of control.
‘At the time I couldn’t open my mouth. I couldn’t speak. I wanted to say could someone calm down . I’m still standing there, more shocked than ever because I see it is escalating, I can see and hear the cuss words, I can see the frowns on their faces getting more intense.’
TRYING TO RUN
After the initial shots were fired, Johnson said he and Brown took off running. After Wilson shot again, he said Brown stopped running and turned to face the officer.
‘At that time Big Mike’s hands was up, but not so much in the air because he had been struck … he said I don’t have a gun, but he’s still mad, he still has his angry face. I don’t have a gun. … And before he can say the second sentence or before he can even get it out, that’s when the several more shots came.’
Johnson was asked if Brown ran at the officer prior to the fatal volley. He insisted he did not.
AFTERMATH OF THE SHOOTING
A detailed narrative of the hours following the shooting revealed that at around 1.30pm on August 9, detectives began arriving at the scene on Canfield Drive.
There was a large crowd of bystanders and a large uniformed police presence at the scene when detectives arrived.
A female approached two detectives and identified herself as Lesley McSpadden, mother of the deceased.
She stated her son had been shot by a Ferguson police officer and was lying in the street. McSpadden provided identifying information on her son, including a Mohawk style haircut, medium complexion, 280lbs, Big Mike? tattoo on his left forearm.
The identifiers were later used for a preliminary identification of Brown.
As the scene investigation continued, there were several large groups of hostile individuals around the perimeter. The investigation was interrupted several times by death threats directed toward police officers and gunshots being fired by an unknown persons around the crime scene, according to the testimony.
The medical examiner arrived at 2.30pm and removed the white sheet that had been put over Michael Brown’s body.
The detective observed Brown was lying on his stomach and the right side of Brown’s face was resting on the roadway. Apparent blood was on the roadway near Brown’s head and had traveled in a western direction away from Brown.
Investigators found there was nothing in his right or left hands. The detective observed Brown had visible injures, consistent with gunshot wounds, to the following areas of his body – right hand, right arm, head, left forearm.
In his right front pocket were two five dollar bills and a notepad. In his left front pocket was a red lighter and a black lighter.
FIRST POLICE OFFICER TO RESPOND TO DARREN WILSON’S CALL FOR BACK-UP
Another police officer, who was not identified, stated the shift had been ‘crazy’, which caused many of the police units to be handling calls and activity outside of their regularly assigned areas.
The officer received a call about a theft from the Ferguson Market, with the suspect described as a black male wearing a white T-shirt who had left on foot.
He said that he conducted a canvass of the area, but was unable to locate the subject.
The officer then returned to the convenience store and got a more thorough description of the suspect. The clerk stated the suspect was a black male, wearing a red Cardinals baseball hat, a white T-shirt, khaki colored cargo shorts, and yellow socks.
The cop told the grand jury that he continued to canvass the area but when he could not find the suspect, returned to his marked patrol car.
He then heard Officer Darren Wilson call out over the department radio, requesting an assist unit and provided his location. The officer described Wilson’s voice to be ‘excited’.
Knowing Wilson’s location to be close by, he put on his sirens and lights and headed there.
The officer told the grand jury that as he rounded the curve in the 3000 block of Canfield Drive, he heard four gunshots in succession.
As he drove through the curve, he had an unobstructed view of the street and observed a male lying on the pavement and Wilson standing near him, approximately three or four feet away, in the low ready position.
The officer said he parked his car and on approaching the scene, the male appeared to be motionless and bleeding heavily.
He requested the dispatcher have EMS, a supervisor, and Ferguson detectives respond to the scene. He directed another officer who arrived shortly after him, to begin taping off the crime scene and secure it.
He said that Wilson’s uniform appeared disheveled and the shirt pocket to be open. He further observed discoloration and swelling to the side of Wilson’s face and blood on his hand.
Believing he was just involved in a ‘scuffle’, officer asked Wilson: ‘Are you ok?’ Wilson replied: ‘I’m fine.’
Other senior officers arrived at the scene and it was determined Wilson would drive himself to the Ferguson Police Station to remove himself from the scene.
He was seated in an uninvolved, marked Ferguson police car before departing the scene for the Ferguson Police Department.
- Louise Boyle for MailOnline and Associated Press