So the witnesses who claimed he was shot in the back lied or were “confused” (Also some of the same people saying his hands were up). This more readily matches the story we posted about earlier, that Brown may have charged the officer.
Via NY Times:
FERGUSON, Mo. — Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found.
One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said.
To clarify another issue. The coroner, Michael Baden, who did this autopsy, did not have the clothing of Brown, so he could not make an assessment of the powder residue on the clothing. So he could not conclusively determine whether Brown was shot at a distance or not.
This autopsy directly contradicts the account of Dorian Johnson, the man who was with Brown:
Mr. Johnson said that he hid behind a parked car and that Mr. Brown was struck by a bullet in his back as he ran away, an account that Dr. Baden’s autopsy appears to contradict.