After Brown autopsy, mom wants officer arrested

After Brown autopsy, mom wants officer arrested

After Brown autopsy, mom wants officer arrested


by Yamiche Alcindor and John Bacon, USA TODAY

Posted on August 18, 2014 at 6:11 AM

Updated Monday, Aug 18 at 11:55 AM

FERGUSON, Mo. (USA TODAY) — A preliminary autopsy report has convinced the family of Michael Brown that the police officer who shot him should be arrested, a lawyer for the family said Monday.

"His mother asked the questions that ... lawyers could not answer -- what else do we need to get them to arrest the killer of my child?" lawyer Benjamin Crump said at a press conference here.

Results of the private autopsy requested by the family showed that Brown, 18, was shot least six times including twice in the head, Crump said. None of the bullets entered from the back, he said.

Crump said Brown's mother, Lesley McSpadden, asked if her son suffered pain before he died. Pathologist Michael Baden, who performed the autopsy, "shared his opinion that he did not suffer."

Baden said it seems three bullets were recovered from Brown's body ---two from his head and one from his chest.

Baden said Brown could have survived all of his wounds except for the shot to the top of his head. That shot was probably sustained last, hitting Brown as he was bending over and them came out through his right eye, Baden said.

Baden said his results could be consistent with the police's or witnesses' account of how Brown died. Crump's positions was clear.

"It verifies the worst that the family thinks happened — that he was executed," Crump said. "It confirms what the witnesses said, that this was an execution. That's what the witnesses said from day one.

"It's so hard for his mother and father to even deal with the notion that this is what happened," Crump told USA TODAY. "It's obvious his hands were up at some point because you can tell how the bullet goes from in and out."

Baden said a final autopsy report would require study of the clothes Brown was wearing to see if they contained gunshot residue, which would indicate whether at least one shot was fired at close range. No residue was found on Brown's body, Baden said.

Baden said he also needs eyewitness and toxicology reports.

The St. Louis County medical examiner's autopsy concluded that Brown died of gunshot wounds, but other details have not been released.

Brown was unarmed when Feguson police officer Darren Wilson, 28, shot him Aug. 9. Witnesses in the area said Brown had raised his hands to surrender when he was shot. The shooting and police response drew racially charged protests that have sometimes turned violent.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a separate, third federal autopsy.

Citing the "extraordinary'' nature of the case, Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said Holder directed the action at the request of Brown's family.

The Justice Department is conducting a separate inquiry into possible civil rights violations, related to the shooting. About 40 FBI agents had been deployed to the investigation at the start to assist in canvassing the local neighborhoods for witnesses.

FBI agents also have joined local authorities in some witness interviews related to Brown's shooting after those witnesses expressed doubts about the integrity of the local inquiry, a federal law enforcement official said Saturday.

The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said the joint interviews have involved few witnesses so far. But the concerns echo themes from waves of protesters during the past week who have cited a broken trust with local police.

Contributing: Kevin Johnson