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Forensics Expert: Brown Autopsy Backs Ferguson Officer's Story

By    |   Thursday, 23 Oct 2014 03:36 PM

The official coroner's report on Michael Brown tracks with the account of his shooting given by Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson, says a forensic science professor who has compared the findings of separate post-mortems conducted by local authorities and by Brown family representatives.

"Thus far, Mr. Wilson's story is consistent with the autopsy report," Larry Kobilinsky, science department chairman at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York, told "MidPoint" host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Thursday.

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Kobilinksy said that the separate autopsies also line up with one another: "I don't see major, outstanding differences."

The question, he said, is how the findings of each exam are interpreted, and how they will relate to eyewitness testimony — which has produced differing accounts as a grand jury considers Wilson's fate.

Defenders of Brown, 18, have argued that he was a victim of excessive force and a shoot-first police attitude toward young black males.

Wilson, who is white, has reportedly told grand jurors that he was defending himself in a struggle for his gun, which Brown tried to wrestle away during a confrontation.

"There are contradictions to some of the eyewitness testimony. There are differences of opinion and that's because people have different perceptions of what they see," said Kobilinsky.

"Let's talk about the hard evidence," he said. "We do have gunshot residue on the thumb and palm of the right hand of Michael Brown. That would argue that there was a struggle for the gun. Brown's blood is also on that gun. It appears to me that the police officer, Darren Wilson, actually drew the gun out of his holster and a struggle followed. That would explain the shot that penetrated the palm.

"That is a very critical piece of evidence because it supports what the police officer's accounting is of the events that occurred," said Kobilinsky.

The Aug. 9 shooting inflamed racial tensions in a majority-black St. Louis suburb that is patrolled by a majority-white police force, and was followed by days of rioting and street protests. Local officials fear the possibility of more violence if Wilson goes unindicted.
Other bullet wounds sustained by Brown after the initial struggle are more open to interpretation, but don't automatically support or refute claims that he was trying to surrender to Wilson, said Kobilinsky.

"When you have pathologists looking at a body in an autopsy, they see the same thing, but they can interpret things differently," he said. "The issue has a lot to do with trajectory and the explanation of entry and exit wounds."

"The main point here is that the evidence that we do have from the autopsy shows that there was a close struggle for the gun," said Kobilinsky.

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