The controversy in Ferguson, Missouri, has been inflamed endlessly in a week of mainstream media speculation that the “gentle giant” Michael Brown, an 18-year-old also nicknamed “Big Mike,” had been needlessly accosted by a Ferguson police officer named Darren Wilson who had stopped him on the street.
The first version of the story is that the Ferguson police officer shot Brown while his hands were up in the air. Later, it turns out that Brown and an accomplice named Dorian Johnson had robbed a local convenience store, and video surveillance footage showed Brown stealing cigarillos and shoving a man as he left the door. It came out later that there was marijuana in Brown's system.
According to Brown's accomplice Dorian Johnson, Brown was shot once at close range and once in the back while he was running away. It came out in the first of three autopsies, this one performed privately by Dr. Michael Baden, that Brown was not shot in the back.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Christine Byers stated earlier that more than a dozen sources had backed up the police's version of events, which is that a violent altercation led the officer Darren Wilson to fear for his life. (Byers has recently backtracked the verbage of that claim.)
As a friend of Wilson told KFTK's Dana Loesch, Brown had assaulted Wilson and struggled for the police officer's gun, and after having fled, Brown “froze” and turned around to “bumrush” Wilson. That is when the fatal shots supposedly occurred, including one to the apex of Brown's head.
KMOV reported that the officer Darren Wilson had sustained injuries to his head, according to the police:
The officer who shot and killed an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Missouri was injured in the alleged altercation, according to Ferguson Chief of Police Tom Jackson.
Jackson, who spoke on the phone with News 4's Laura Hettiger Wednesday morning, said the officer “was hit” and the “side of his face was swollen.” The chief did not say if the officer suffered any broken bones.
Local St. Louis sources said Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye socket.” This comes from a source within the Prosecuting Attorney’s office and was confirmed by the St. Louis County Police.
Gateway included an illustration of such an orbital blowout fracture:
There appears to be no double-sourcing on the report at this time; but if true, it provides further information as to the severity of Wilson's head injuries, as reported earlier by KMOV and CNN. Wilson was treated for a head injury by medical professionals.
Another witness, Piaget Crenshaw, told CNN regarding a video she captured shortly after the Brown shooting that there had been a “tussle” at Wilson's police vehicle.
The video she captured does not show Wilson to be necessarily in physical pain at the time, but he was also certainly in a state of shock. [Graphic video below.]
As reported earlier on IJReview, due to a story broken by Conservative Treehouse, a different witness at the scene of the shooting of Michael Brown suggests that the 6'4“ 292 pound Brown had turned to the police officer and ”kept coming towards him" when he was shot.
If these reports are true, the mainstream media once again need to explain why they incited riots in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson with selectively edited coverage that either misled people or failed to provide a fuller picture of the controversy over what actually happened in the tragic shooting.
This article was co-authored by Kyle Becker and was edited after publication.