Wilson already decided to use deadly force when he fired the first shot in the SUV and then fired more shots as he gave chase to Brown.
Given case precedence, the eyewitness testimonies of Crenshaw, Mitchell and Johnson will not be enough to convict Officer Wilson of any wrongdoing. If that’s even the right outcome.
If the training is to shoot 15 rounds into a man within 15 seconds of rolling up to the stop, shoot more after he’s already down on the ground, and then handcuff him while he’s clearly dead and still train your gun on the corpse, then clearly the departmental policies are flawed.
Kajieme had a history of mental illness or learning difficulties; it’s not entirely clear, but he was obviously looking for suicide-by-cop. So why was the first instinct to shoot this man?
The only matter of fact that needs uncovering is whether Officer Darren Wilson was legally justified under Missouri law to shoot Michael Brown the six times that he did. That’s it.
Whitney Curtis for the New York Times It’s only been two days since I wrote this piece on here, “Ferguson Continue reading