Fatal encounter with Ferguson officer took less than 90 seconds

New documents and recordings provide an updated timeline on the day a white police officer shot Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo.

By UPI Staff

FERGUSON, Mo., Nov. 15 (UPI) -- As people in and around Ferguson, Mo., await a grand jury decision on whether to charge a white police officer for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown Jr., a new analysis of records shows the officer's fatal encounter with Brown, a black 18-year-old, lasted for less than 90 seconds.

The information compiled by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch also includes the most recent video images of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who has stayed away from public view since the Aug. 9 shooting.


The images captured by surveillance cameras from the Ferguson Police Department show Wilson and other men leaving the facility after the shooting and then returning about two-and-a-half hours later. According to the newspaper, Wilson left the police station to go to the hospital.

Although the video does not provide a clear or close view Wilson's face, its release drew a quick reply from the law firm representing the family of Michael Brown. The Tallahassee, Fla.-based firm of Parks & Crump said information initially "leaked" from within the police department indicated that Wilson was severely beaten and suffered a damaged orbital eye socket.


"From the video released today it would appear the initial descriptions of his injuries were exaggerated," the attorneys said in a statement.

The Post-Dispatch used public safety records, dispatch and 911 calls and other materials to build a timeline of events from shortly before noon on Aug. 9 when a supermarket stealing was reported to 12:07 p.m. -- after the shooting -- when an officer calls for more units saying, "There's gonna be a problem."

The detailed account provided by the timeline does little to resolve the conflicting statements that either Wilson grabbed Brown by the neck, drew his gun and then shot him or whether Brown charged at the officer, prompting him to open fire.

The shooting led to months of citizen and activist demonstrations in Ferguson that, at times, turned violent.

Meanwhile, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said Officer Wilson would immediately return to work if he's not indicted by the grand jury, a St. Louis television station reported.

If he is indicted, Wilson will be relieved of his duties and an internal investigation will be launched.

Wilson is currently on paid leave from the police department.

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