Media Leaks And Governor’s Press Conference Set Stage For Darren Wilson Non-Indictment

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Throughout the day and evening Tuesday, a number of events seemed to foreshadow the inevitable non-indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on August 9th. While there had been leaks in recent days providing information from the federal and county investigations into the shooting, Tuesday served up the culmination of what appears to be a deliberate effort by prosecutors, police and government officials to change public opinion towards Wilson and set the stage for him to walk.

The day began innocently enough with the continued humiliation of a state senator who tried to bolster her public profile and credibility with Ferguson activists by staging a publicity stunt and getting herself arrested on purpose. After refusing bond and spending the night in jail, she held a planned press conference at 10 AM local time and gave an unsatisfactory and frankly confused explanation for her intentional arrest. Further embarrassment came her way when it was revealed that she was carrying a loaded weapon at the time of her arrest (she has a conceal carry license) and officers said she smelled of alcohol. She refused a breathalyzer test.

However, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon changed the tone when he held a press conference near Ferguson at 1 PM local time. During an at times impassioned speech, Nixon called for the formation of a Ferguson Commission, which will conduct a study of the aftermath of Brown’s killing and provide recommendations for changes in Ferguson and the surrounding area. He said he would name members of the committee in November and that it will consist of a wide range of individuals from different backgrounds. However, he reiterated his support for St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch and pointed out that the study and committee will not be looking into the death of Brown. That will be left to McCulloch and the grand jury.

With his continuing commitment to McCulloch, whose objectivity has been questioned due to his extremely close relationship with law enforcement, and his refusal to name a special prosecutor, Nixon’s words fell on mostly deaf ears. Protesters and activists don’t want to hear of a task force, commission, study or anything else you want to call it. They want a transparent investigation into a shooting that seems both suspect and excessive. In the end, they just get a press conference from a governor who they feel has both abandoned and taken them for granted. And it seems that Nixon’s intent was just to get something set in place for the inevitable unrest that will soon occur in Ferguson.

After Nixon’s press conference and the subsequent media coverage and discussion, the leaks started flowing. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch dumped articles in the evening revealing the official St. Louis County autopsy of Brown and an account of Wilson’s story of the events surrounding the shooting. The article discussing the autopsy was written by Christine Byers. She is the reporter who, while she was on medical leave, tweeted out that over a dozen witnesses confirmed Wilson’s version of the shooting.


Byers’ tweet set off a firestorm due to a number of media outlets reporting it as fact because of her position as crime reporter for The Post. However, it was later revealed that she was, in fact, on medical leave and was just tweeting out an unfounded rumor. The paper had to issue a correction and she tweeted out that it did not meet the paper’s standards. To say that she is seen with a bit of scrutiny by many in and around Ferguson is putting it lightly. The autopsy article will likely be seen as incredibly biased by some due to her history, especially as she focused on traces of marijuana found in Brown’s system and interviewed forensic experts (but not the county medical examiner, who refused comment) who stated that the autopsy supported Wilson’s statements.

Another article appeared simultaneously providing a detailed account of Wilson’s statements of the events surrounding the shooting. An unnamed source who is close to the investigation relayed the information to The Post. Per Wilson, he struggled with Brown inside his SUV and said that Brown tried to reach for his gun. Wilson then stated that he shot at him twice while in the car, hitting him once. Brown then started to run away.

According to Wilson, Brown suddenly stopped and then started charging towards him. Wilson stated that Brown had one hand near his waist, apparently suggesting that he felt Brown may have had a weapon on him. Wilson stated that he began shooting only when Brown started running towards him. The officer also said Brown never had his hands up in the air. Wilson confirms that he drove himself to the police station and then was taken to the hospital by other officers. He suffered no broken bones but said he had bruises and scratches.

A number of activists provided their opinions Tuesday evening of this concerted effort to shape the narrative ahead of the announcement from the grand jury.  

Below is the entire St. Louis County autopsy report that was leaked to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Michael Brown official autopsy report by Matthew Keys

19 Replies to “Media Leaks And Governor’s Press Conference Set Stage For Darren Wilson Non-Indictment”

  1. “Tuesday served up the culmination of what appears to be a deliberate effort by prosecutors, police and government officials to change public opinion towards Wilson and set the stage for him to walk”.

    The public opinion of Officer Wilson will not change. If he walks, all hell will break loose in the United States. You have five people see the Officer shoot this teenager down in the street like a dog.

    What the people who saw what happened and came forward, don’t count because they are black. That’s not going to fly.

    If the officer was so hurt at the time of the shooting, why are there no pictures? Why did the Officer keep shooting as Brown was running away?

    Why would Brown risk his life to get out of a Jay walking ticket?

  2. I believe when the family got an independent autopsy it did not show he was shot in the back, therefore he was not running away. I don’t believe it was necessary to shoot him, put the damn car in gear and drive away, but then he would have caused an uproar, because the officer would have been charged with dragging the young man. Everyone is talking about the rioting, what does this accomplish but more hatred.

  3. Officer Wilson could have performed a summary execution of Mike Brown in front of video cameras and still be acquitted.

  4. I see a shitstorm on the horizon if this happens. Nearly all accounts of the shooting of this young man point to the un-necessary death of Mike Brown. The only thing that will slow the protests down in that case will be the weather but not by much.

    I’m not going to lie, I hope the good people of Ferguson raze that place. Some places are so terrible that there’s no compelling case for their continued existence. And all the while we will have to listen to White America talk about Looting and Those People and Like Animals and sometimes I think maybe it would be best if we just leveled the whole country and started over.
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  6. I’ve been saying this since day one. The officer is not held to the same standard as any other person when it comes to the use of force or deadly force. They are allowed to use the excuse, “I was frightened for my life” and REALLY not have to explain itnot have it held to the “would it be reasonable for any person to be afraid for their live” standard. They are not just any person, they are an officer in the line of duty. If they say they were, they were. (Please don’t shoot the messenger here.)

    So it really all goes back to racial profiling. Why was this officer so afraid of this black teenager? Has he ever been in a similar circumstance with a white person of any age, and did he shoot them? That won’t change the outcome of this case, but it SHOULD change the way that officers deal with citizens of all colors.

    And for CRYING OUT LOUD, get out there and VOTE, Ferguson!

  7. Sad but true that just like in the 60’s, no real change will come until the white people see buildings on fire and get afraid that the blacks are coming for them. No real money for urban renewal came until Newark, Detroit etc. I had a history teacher many years ago during Vietnam who was a conservative but he was honest and said that throughout history major social change never took place without being preceded by violent upheaval. Sadly it appears that the past is prologue as they say. I’m not advocating it by any means but it is my observation. The folks of color in that area are certainly entitled to feel that they are in a fight for their lives. I have traveled many times to the St. Louis area over the last 20 years and for those who have not I can tell you it is a pure racist hillbilly cesspool. It is still 1955 in most of that area and the state of Missouri. Take a good look America. This is what you really are.

  8. There are many that will celebrate this. You will know them by their words. They will be the worst of what America has to offer

  9. Its amazing how the leaks are only allegedly in support of Wilsons version Of the events that day. Do we have any leaks that support the 7 witnesses that we know of that have different stories?

    Here is my only question? Why would the witnesses say that the fatal and last 4 shots were fired when Brown had his hands out or up and Wilson says Brown was charging at him? How does one charge full speed from 35 feet away with his body at a 90 degree angle? That’s the only way Brown could have received the gunshot wound to the top of his head.

  10. While there has been “change” after violent upheavals, it has only been procedural change or slightly incremental at best. We’re trying to implement a cultural change and I’m inclined to believe Ghandi and King were closer to the mark in the strategy and tactics for cultural change and transformation. Keep in mind that the Power Structure has focused on ramping up arming the citizens for a “race war” in America. A convenient way to reduce poverty from the perspective of the privileged. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not in the Alex Jones camp and I’m not saying it’s a highly coordinated conspiracy with clearly drawn lines based on race. But as a general narrative, it deserves consideration. The “unexpected” response of quiet determination holds far more promise in my opinion.

  11. The observation is in the macro sense. What happened after the French Revolution, Russian Revolution, American Civil War, Kent State, Jackson State and on and on was hardly “just procedural” or “slightly incremental” change. While King and Ghandi can be inspirational and non-violent resistance/action can be employed with selective situations, it is sadly a strategy which although applied for many decades doesn’t work within the current power structure. The pretty words of legislation are rendered unenforced by the power structure. Indeed that same power structure uses this desire for non-violence against the activists/victims to lull them into a fantasy land where platitudes to legislation/studies/token programs are pushed forth as change when in fact these are strategized/constructed behind closed doors to be window dressing and ultimate failures at providing real change. School integration bussing programs are a classic example. The creators admitted they designed them to fail.

  12. Folks, Do U want to know who I really blame in Wilson not isn’t indicted? I blame that moral coward, Governor Jay Nixon who could have appointed a special prosecutor and he didn’t. The black people in that state need to remember this when he was runs for ANYTHING and treat him accordingly!

  13. The DA’s office is doing their damnedest NOT to take responsibility. The bogus ‘grand jury’ is an attempt to obstruct justice in the face of an obvious crime.

    When is this DA up for election? He needs to kiss the street.

  14. I don’t believe this Officer was afraid. If he was afraid, why didn’t he stay in the car and call for backup. He was in the car and got out to confront Brown. Witnesses say he chased him. When I am afraid of something I try to avoid it not get out of my car to confront it. My opinion is he got out to shoot him. The forensics reports says two bullets hit him at close range. What happened to the other 10. I think the officer pulled his gun on this young man and he tried to keep from getting shot. When the gun went off and shoot him he ran. It doesn’t make sense to charge him knowing he has a gun especially since he has already been shot. If he was that bold why didn’t he just stay by the car and fight him. Why didn’t the officer do a Police report right away if he was innocent. He needed time to make up a story.

  15. The first eyewitness accounts are usually the most accurate. Not one witness report describes Michael Brown running toward Wilson. He was staggering. Whether his hands were high in the air or out at waist level, as this preliminary autopsy report seems to describe, is immaterial. This boy had been shot multiple times. He was terrified. He turned and staggered, hands up or out, his life turned on a dime.
    Wilson and his department have had over two months to secretly concoct their version and now suddenly there are witnesses who backup their version but are too afraid to come forward? Please. Don’t piss on our heads and tell us it’s raining.
    Did anyone else get a creepy feeling looking at this photo for the first time?

  16. No human can stop the truth from coming out…the days of racial lynching is over…gun or rope it’s over. When you slaughter a being, your soul rot away…zimmerman’s and Dunn is a case in point.

  17. Here is HOW to find Darren Wilson: We all know that Darren Wilson’s attorney name is James Paul Towey Jr. and that his office is located at 825 Maryville Centre Drive, Suite 300, in Town and Country, Missouri 63017. Based upon public available information, Mr. Towey LIVES in Carriage Walk Apartments located at 916 Carriage Circle Lane, Apartment C in Saint Louis, MO 63122. Mr. Towey is apparently married to Sheila Marie Gates Towey.

    Now since Mr. Towey represents Mr. Wilson there is a FILE that he has on Darren Wilson at either his OFFICE or at his RESIDENCE. Someone from Ferguson Missouri should loot at both locations and grab the FILE and take a peek in it for the whereabouts of Darren Wilson, and once they have that information they should go find him and rattle his cage

  18. I seriously doubt that information is on paper. Nor do we need to know that information about his attorney.

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