Federal investigators have concluded that the forensic evidence corroborates the personal account by Darren Wilson that he shot Michael Brown in self-defense after the blunt-smoking drug-crazed thug assaulted the police officer and reached for his gun through the cruiser's window as reported by The New York Times: "the officials said that while the federal investigation was continuing, the evidence so far did not support civil rights charges against Officer Wilson."
The Times story almost sounds disappointed that Officer Wilson has been cleared of any civil rights violations by gratuitously contending that the forensic evidence "does not explain why, after he emerged from his vehicle, he fired at Mr. Brown multiple times."
Actually, the same evidence does justify Officer Wilson's subsequent use of deadly force.
A cop can "shoot a fleeing suspect if the officer believes the suspect has committed a violent felony and his or her escape would pose a significant and serious threat" as reported by Lauren Gambino for The Guardian.
The evidence establishes that Brown was a dangerous man who attacked Wilson in the first instance, and accordingly the cop was entitled to shoot the fleeing criminal to eliminate any further threat. Street thugs often don't carry their firearms due to stop-and-frisk practices but keep them stashed in hiding spots on the public streets, and after what Officer Wilson just experienced he easily could have assumed that Michael Brown was in flight to retrieve such a weapon to use against him. Indeed, this phenomena is well documented in New York City "where the criminals have turned to hiding weapons -- 'community guns' -- which they share when needed" as reported by Murray Weiss for DNAinfo. Moreover, even though some witnesses claim Brown then turned to surrender, other witnesses say the linebacker-sized Brown "bum-rushed" the cop. Frankly, any supposed surrender sounds like an unlikely occurrence and a "bum rush" the more likely explanation in light of the preceding events, and this interpretation of the fast-paced situation certainly is reasonable from Wilson's perspective.
Officer Wilson will be exonerated completely by the facts and the law, and when this mess is over hopefully the good man will retain legal counsel to sue for defamation all those who maliciously maligned him as a racist murderer.
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