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Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Shot 6 Times; National Guard Called to Ferguson

Autopsy Shows Michael Brown Was Shot 6 Times; National Guard Called to Ferguson

The results of a private autopsy have revealed that unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was shot six times during his confrontation with a police officer. None of the shots appear to have been fired from very close range, though Michael M. Baden, New York City’s former chief medical examiner (he retired in 2011)—who preformed the autopsy at the request of Brown’s family—said that assessment could change if another investigator with access to Brown’s case found gunpowder residue on them. The New York Times reports, “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.”

Some witnesses have told reporters that Brown was attempting to surrender when the officer continue to open fire, though Dr. Baden said that the gunshot, “can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer.” Dr. Baden also added, “In my capacity as the forensic examiner for the New York State Police, I would say, ‘You’re not supposed to shoot so many times.’ Right now there is too little information to forensically reconstruct the shooting” …

Protests in the city of Ferguson continued to escalate on Sunday night. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon announced that he would be calling on the National Guard in an effort to restore order in the city …

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