Ferguson teen died of bullet ‘through brain’

August 18, 2014

After another night of violent clashes between police and protesters in Ferguson, Mo., Gov. Jay Nixon issued executive order early Monday calling in the National Guard to maintain order as tensions over the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, by Darren Wilson, a white police officer, continue to rise. Check back here for live updates.


Update, 12:15 p.m. ET: St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay tweeted his support of Nixon’s decision to call in the National Guard, citing an “growing number of outside agitators.”

An increasingly organized and growing number of outside agitators in Ferguson has prompted Gov Nixon to shift strategies. #fgs

— MayorSlay.com (@MayorSlay) August 18, 2014

Update, 11:15 a.m. ET:
Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York who performed the autopsy at the request of the family, told reporters that Brown was shot at least six times. Baden said the bullet that likely killed Brown went “through the brain.”

Lawyers for Brown’s family said the results of of the preliminary autopsy support witness accounts that Brown was trying to surrender when he was shot.

“Why would he be shot in the very top of his head? A 6’4″ man,” attorney Daryl Parks said. “Makes no sense.”

Private examiners: Last 2 shots were likely to #MikeBrown‘s head. “All these shots were survivable except the one to the top of the brain.”

— Jason Sickles (@jasonsickles) August 18, 2014

Near the end of the press conference, an audience member asked why, given those results, Wilson had not been arrested.

“Who gets arrested is not a forensic science decision,” Baden said.

Update 11:00 a.m. ET: Attorney Benjamin Crump, the lawyer representing Brown’s family, said his clients requested the independent autopsy to get answers to three questions:

“How many times was my child shot?”

“Was my child in pain?”

And, “What more do we have to give them to arrest the killer of my child?”

Update 10:45 a.m. ET: In an interview with ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Lesley McSpadden, Michael Brown’s mother, called for Wilson’s arrest, saying the officer should be held “accountable for his actions.”

Update, 9:45 am. ET: Images of National Guard troops preparing for deployment on the streets of Ferguson are beginning to trickle in.

National Guard members loading equipment into these trucks. Unclear how many members will assist in #Ferguson. pic.twitter.com/dWRwSMXl4c

— Adrienne Broaddus (@abroaddus) August 18, 2014

MO National Guard troops & Military Police getting Humvees loaded up. Looks like they’ll head out soon. @FOX2now pic.twitter.com/6AbvpvnjVt

— Lisa Hart (@LisaGHart) August 18, 2014

Missouri National Guard departs HQ on Kingshighway for #Ferguson #KSDK pic.twitter.com/zlK9HpkuQd

— James Tuxbury (@tuxKSDK) August 18, 2014

Update, 8:30 a.m. ET:
A copy of the executive order issued by Gov. Nixon.

If you haven’t seen it yet, here’s the full text of @GovJayNixon‘s executive order calling Nat’l Guard to #Ferguson: pic.twitter.com/AV4D1x2cFK

— Jason Rosenbaum (@jrosenbaum) August 18, 2014

Update, 8:00 a.m. ET: Public schools, which had been scheduled to open Monday, remain closed:

Due to continuing unrest in some areas of Ferguson, and in the interest of the safety of students and families, all schools in the Ferguson-Florissant School District will be closed Monday, Aug. 18. Information we have received from officials on the scene late Sunday evening has contributed to concerns we have about children walking to school or waiting for buses on streets impacted by this activity, debris on the roads that could impact transportation, and continued disruption affecting our students and families in the area. While our teachers, principals and administration are eager to welcome our students back to school and to begin the 2014-2015 school year, the safety of students is our primary concern.

Update, 7:00 a.m. ET:
CNN has obtained video from Piaget Crenshaw, who says she witnessed the shooting. The footage shows Wilson and another officer standing near Brown’s body. Crenshaw said Brown was running away from police and then turned around when he was shot.

Update, 6:30 a.m. ET:
The New York Times reports that reports that a private autopsy performed at the request of the family found that Brown was shot at least six times. The autopsy was performed by Dr. Michael M. Baden, former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, concluded Brown was shot twice in the head and four shots times in his right arm. One of the shots entered the top of his skull, the Times said.

Below, an image from the private autopsy released by Brown’s family.

Family’s independent autopsy reveals #MikeBrown was struck at least 6 times by #Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson. pic.twitter.com/QNWu0nY9Pj

— Jason Sickles (@jasonsickles) August 18, 2014

Images and video posted to social media by journalists and others on the ground in Ferguson captured the chaos as it unfolded.

While you were sleeping, #Ferguson erupted. The National Guard is on its way. My latest post: http://t.co/PSJrMNUlW6 pic.twitter.com/O8ZNdMbnKA

— Danny Wicentowski (@D_Towski) August 18, 2014


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