The results of a private autopsy conducted on the body of Michael Brown, the unarmed 18-year-old who was shot and killed by a Ferguson, Mo. cop on Aug. 9, shows Brown was not shot in the back as previously reported by witnesses.
The preliminary autopsy results show Brown was shot at least six times in the front -- 4 times in his right arm, once in the right eye and one shot to the top of the head, according to the report obtained by The New York Times.
A shot to the top of Brown's head -- while he was bent forward -- was the kill shot, according to the autopsy conducted by famed television forensic pathologist Dr. Michael M. Baden.
“People have been asking: How many times was he shot? This information could have been released on Day 1,” said Dr. Baden, who flew from NY to Missouri to conduct the interview at the request of Brown's mother.
The preliminary autopsy report contradicts witnesses at the scene of the shooting who say Brown was shot in the back then put his arms in the air as a gesture of surrender.
But the attorney representing the Brown family, Benjamin Crump, sees the autopsy as proof that Brown was unjustly murdered by Ferguson cop Darren Wilson.
“The sheer number of bullets and the way they were scattered all over his body showed this police officer had a brazen disregard for the very people he was supposed to protect in that community,” Crump said in an interview with The NY Times.
Dr. Baden determined that none of the bullets were shot at close range since there was no gun powder on Brown's body. But that determination could change if gun powder was on his clothes, which Dr. Baden did not have access to.
As for the kill shot to the top of Brown's head, Dr. Baden said “It can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer."
On Sunday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder ordered a federal autopsy to be conducted on Brown's body -- the third autopsy on his body in total. The results of the first autopsy conducted by local law officials have never been released to the public.
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