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Statement and Press Conference with Jon Belmar, chief of the St. Louis County Police Department.
Belmar said the incident started when Brown physically assaulted the police officer, pushing him into the officer's vehicle. He said there was a struggle inside the car, and at some point Brown reached for the officer's weapon. One shot was fired inside the vehicle.

Brown suffered fatal gunshot wounds outside of the vehicle, approximately 35 feet from the car. Belmar said multiple shell casings were found at the scene, and that Brown was shot more than once, but an exact number of shots fired has not yet been determined. All the shell casings came from the officer's weapon. The police have not released the name of the officer involved.

Belmar confirmed Brown was unarmed at the time of the shooting. He did not say what led to the struggle inside the officer's car.

Ferguson police cars do not have dash cameras, so there is no police video of the incident available for review, according to Officer Brian Schellman, a county police spokesman.

"There is no video in the apartment complex," Schellman added. "We are still trying to determine if any witnesses recorded the incident."

The Press Conference can be found here:

Witnesses and police are sharing two very different accounts of what happened on Saturday, August 9th — when a St. Louis police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old, unarmed man. For his father and his mother there is not question about what happened. The police over-reacted and used deadly force when it was uncalled for.

They all say a six-year veteran officer of the Ferguson Police Department fired multiple shots at Brown.

The police chief said as the officer exited his squad car, one of the teens allegedly shoved him back into his squad, and assaulted him.

“The genesis of this was a physical confrontation,” Jon Belmar, chief of the St. Louis County Police Department, said at a Sunday news conference. Belmar said there was a struggle over the officer’s weapon, and at least one shot was fired inside the car — but it didn’t hit anyone. When the teens ran from the car, the officer opened fire and one of them was gunned down about 35 from the squad car.

Witnesses have a very different version of the events. They say Brown did nothing to instigate the shooting and appeared to be surrendering when he was killed.

Witnesses say Michael Brown was walking in the middle of the street with a friend when the officer drove up and ordered them to the sidewalk. Brown’s friend told the officer they were just minutes from their destination and were just taking a short cut across the street.

The officer ordered them to get back on the other side and an argument broke out between the officer and the older teens. One witness says that the officer got out of his squad car and fired a shot. What is not clear is why or where he was aiming.

Both teens ran, this witness says, and a second shot was fired.

Brown’s friend hid behind a car — but he says Brown stopped after the second shot was fired — holding his hands in the air to show he was unarmed. That’s when Brown’s friend and at least one witness say the officer fired at Brown two more times.

Brown then collapsed and died in the street.

The police chief said a medical examiner will issue a ruling regarding how many times Brown was shot — but the police chief said “it was more than just a couple (times).

Brown was supposed to start classes at Vatterott College today.Brown was spending the summer in the neighborhood with his grandmother, Desuirea Harris, where he had a summer job and was helping her out.

The St. Louis County Crimes Against Persons Unit has taken over the investigation at the request of the Ferguson Police Chief. They have requested the assistance of the FBI.

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  •  Tip Jar (30+ / 0-)

    "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

    by murphthesurf3 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 08:16:05 PM PDT

  •  Fuck the police! (4+ / 0-)
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    weezilgirl, rduran, codairem, a2nite

    Bunch of cowards!

    What a brave fucking hero, gunning down a teen who is standing there with both his arms up in the air.

    They even refuse to identify the "officer" who shot an unarmed teenager

    Why don't they release it? Shouldn't it be public knowledge?  They know who fired the shots in this murder, so why isn't it released?

    Oh, that's right, FUCKING PIGS are above the law!

    Before anyone here gives me the crap, there are good police, well why doesn't at least ONE OF THEM give up the name of this brave fucking hero gunning down unarmed teens in the streets?!

    Because, they remain silent, and as such are just as guilty in keeping the corrupt police culture alive!

    Never underestimate stupid. Stupid is how reTHUGlicans win!

    by Mannie on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 08:32:44 PM PDT

    •  I understand your anger.... (1+ / 0-)
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      I choose to keep laying out the facts as presented while asking the basic questions: What do we know and what does it mean?

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 08:40:32 PM PDT

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      •  The facts presented are lies made out of whole (1+ / 0-)
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        cloth. Your presenting the police version as truth is no different than the climate deniers clinging to a few easily bribed scientist's ideas.

        Sorry. But we need to draw the line somewhere and letting the police write the narrative has created the mess we are in.

        •  I presented both sides and unless you were there.. (0+ / 0-)

          there still are two sides.....

          "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

          by murphthesurf3 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 06:09:24 PM PDT

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          •  You are giving the same weight to proven liars (1+ / 0-)
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            as you are to innocent bystanders. Where is your other job MSM?

            •  Your assumptions belie our supposed objectivity (0+ / 0-)

              "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

              by murphthesurf3 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 08:16:13 PM PDT

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              •  You can't say my objectivity is flawed when (0+ / 0-)

                we have a very clear and rampant problem of outright police dishonesty.

                You are in denial.

                •  I don't presume... (0+ / 0-)

                  I want the evidence.

                  "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

                  by murphthesurf3 on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 11:59:14 AM PDT

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                  •  You are in denial (0+ / 0-)

                    Got to youtube and search for police brutality. Look at videos posted by lawyers. Look at the disposition of the case, sometimes you have to search on a search engine to follow up with it. Look at the police testimony and then watch the video again and see with your own eyes the number of lies in each sentence of testimony police are saying.

                    This is a horrific mess that can get exponentially worse. I want police to follow the law including the Constitution. That will correct the problem. Not instantly, but it will start the course of training and accountability needed to protect our society.

                    I consider you negligent if you do not look for yourself to confirm this since you have apparently missed the snowballing of incidents since Rodney King.

                    •  I agree with you as far as the trends and pattern (0+ / 0-)

                      are concerned, but I will not automatically apply them to an individual case-

                      The presumption in law is "innocent until proven guilty." I apply that to both sides which is why I presented both sides of the story.

                      In the days since, things have not gotten all that much clearer. There is another witness whose version of the events supports police culpability.

                      Certainly the behavior of the police forces on the streets of Ferguson provide little to support a view that the police are acting reasonably or responsibly.

                      If you want to get a sense of where I stand on the wider issue look at

                      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

                      by murphthesurf3 on Thu Aug 14, 2014 at 12:46:01 PM PDT

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  •  If there is no video, I don't see how (1+ / 0-)
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    this will ever be solved. The cop has one story, and the witnesses another. Unless one story or the other has a fatal flaw, it will never be legally determined what happened here. The police are upset because they believe their colleague and think they are being castigated when a cop was assaulted. So they're pissed. And the citizens believe that the victim was shot for no good reason, and that the cop is making up the story that he was attacked. So they're extremely upset and pissed off. That's why it would probably be a good idea for the feds or national guard to step in, before these two sides that hate each other resort to violence. Irrespective of what actually happened that day, the situation is dangerous now.

    •  But cop story makes no sense. Not satisfied with (20+ / 0-)

      murdering this boy, we are now being asked to belief that he was a blithering idiot. Which young black boy walking down the street is going to suddenly attack the fucking cop while he is sitting in his car with his fucking gun a draw away?
      Why, WHY do our sons ALWAYS have to prove that they deserve to live? Why do we need a video when experience and commonsense tell us that the cop's story is nothing more than a desperate fabrication?
      And there were eyewitnesses. Many of them. But of course they were black and thus not to be trusted. Only a video will do.

      Maya Angelou: “There's a world of difference between truth and facts. Facts can obscure truth.”

      by JoanMar on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 08:46:30 PM PDT

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    •  Probably so. (1+ / 0-)
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      Still....there are at least three witnesses whose testimony contradicts the official one- which can only be based on the statement of the officer.

      It will be a huge problem if the officer's statement is given greater weight than that of the others because.....because what.....?

      Another issue- the increasingly aggressive stance assumed by the police who are more and  more heavily armed and armored and are trained to defuse situations through a show of force.

      And then there is the underlying issue of race, especially as applied to police who appear to be occupying forces in situations like this.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 08:52:15 PM PDT

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    •  These cops do not believe this story (3+ / 0-)
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      It's in "cop speak"-- you hear this in a courtroom & you know it's not true.

      Real people don't do the things this cop has apparently told his colleagues.

      For instance: People don't "lunge" and don't "reach into their waist bands" nearly as often as cops would have you believe.

      It's nonsense. It's obvious. If it were true, it would be expressed in normal American English. You don't have to use these phony terms and sentence structures when you are telling the truth.

      I must be dreaming... (3764 forever!)

      by murphy on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 09:57:36 PM PDT

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      •  Legal defense language (3+ / 0-)

        I think the cop-speak is tacitly or explicitly designed to conform with the language of a plausible legal defense.  That only makes one more suspicious: why would a legal defense be offered in lieu of an explanation?  It seems that this is not intended to serve the interests of justice.

        Given also multiple eyewitness accounts, the police story, whose sole source is suspected in the case, looks more like a lie.

  •  In the long run it doesn't matter. The evidence (8+ / 0-)

    that even the police acknowledge was that Brown was 35 feet away and he had no weapon.  

    "The whole problem with the world is that fools and fanatics are always so certain of themselves, but wiser people so full of doubt." Bertrand Russell I'm very certain that is true. 10−122

    by thestructureguy on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 09:06:05 PM PDT

  •  Fucked up (8+ / 0-)

    They're about two more days away of handling this like shit  to turning it the town into a national destination for protesters.  Even if it doesn't get that far, this may be a turning point.

    •  It's always nearly impossible to find anything... (1+ / 0-)
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      Calamity Jean

      good in a situation like this. And there is an easy explanation for that. Because there is nothing good in this situation.

      However, as you point out, "this may be a turning point". I hold out hope that this country takes this as the last straw, the one that breaks the camel's back. And that maybe, just maybe, we can demand a change to the militarization of police forces.

      This certainly can't go on for much longer without a complete breakdown in our society and widespread violence taking over our country.

    •  I think there have been so many turning points. (4+ / 0-)

      One of these needs to be a turning point. My 2 grandsons are black, their whole family, us, is white. If black people can't prepare their sons, how the hell are we supposed to.

      Use REDUNDANT safety when hauling precious cargo-- Use open source E-Z Baby Saver -- Andrew Pelham, 11yo inventor E-Z Baby Saver

      by 88kathy on Tue Aug 12, 2014 at 10:42:58 PM PDT

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  •  Before this one's over, (2+ / 0-)
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    heads will roll... despite their best efforts to get their 'story' straight.

    A mentally balanced cop would've simply said, in a casual tone, "C'mon guys... take it to the sidewalk".

    •  simple and clear (1+ / 0-)
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      this officer's record is apparently clear...I think that the real blame comes down to the level of aggressive interaction now commonplace in policing, militarization of the police which overarms and armors them and sees them as occupying forces, and the new acceptance for blatant racial filtering.

      "It is better to light one candle than curse the darkness." (Adlai Stevenson in praise of Eleanor Roosevelt) (Glowing Candle Avatar Adopted in 1986)

      by murphthesurf3 on Wed Aug 13, 2014 at 06:24:47 AM PDT

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