FERGUSON, Mo. – The narrative that drew the attention of President Obama and compelled him dispatch Attorney General Eric Holder here continues to unravel.
Nearly two weeks of racially charged protests accompanied by looting, rioting, Molotov cocktails, gunfire, bricks and burned buildings have been fueled by the belief that Officer Darren Wilson shot and killed unarmed, 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9 as he raised his hands in the air in surrender, only because he was black.
Brown, at 6’4″ and nearly 300 pounds, has been cast as a “gentle giant,” who, according to his uncle, was “too timid” to play football and “had never gotten into a fight in his entire life.”
But along with exposure of the belligerent “gangsta” persona Brown had on social media, key witnesses upon whom the prosecution was relying to convince a grand jury to charge Wilson with murder are changing their stories as evidence emerges that the officer was attacked and severely beaten by Brown, who had marijuana in his system, only minutes after the teen robbed a convenience store.
On Tuesday, a St. Louis radio station, citing a “very connected national media source,” reported Wilson will not be charged. The key testimony is from the Brown family’s star witness, Dorian Johnson, who accompanied Brown when he was shot. Johnson has changed his story, according to the report, and now admits Brown attacked the officer and attempted to take his gun.
As WND was first to report on Aug. 14, Johnson has an outstanding arrest warrant for theft and for making a false report to police.
‘Justice for the deceased man’s family’
According to police, Wilson reported ordering Brown and Johnson, who were walking in the middle of the street, to move to the sidewalk. Amid the confrontation, Wilson heard a radio dispatch reporting the convenience store robbery and realized Brown and Johnson fit the descriptions of the suspects.
Surveillance video shows robbery suspect believed to be Michael Brown strong-arming clerk.
Surveillance video of the robbery showed Brown strong-arming a clerk as he stole a box of cigars. The video was released Aug. 15 in response to Freedom of Information Act media requests. An insider told FoxNews.com that Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson held off the FOIA requests as long as possible because he wanted Brown’s grieving mother to have the chance to see it first.
But Democrat Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called the release of the video an attempt “to disparage the character” of Brown, insisting that making it public “in the middle of a process like this is not right.” President Obama’s Justice Department also opposed releasing the video.
Nixon – violating his own demand to stay out of the investigation – added fuel to the fire Tuesday when he called for “justice for the deceased man’s family” and “a vigorous prosecution,” even though Wilson hasn’t been charged.
In a visit to Ferguson Wednesday, Attorney General Eric Holder, who indicated the Justice Department already is conducting a separate investigation, said in a meeting of 50 community leaders he understands why many black Americans distrust the police.
“I understand that mistrust,” Holder said. “I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man.”
Written by JEROME R. CORSI
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