National Guard deployed to Ferguson; Michael Brown autopsy results released
By End the Lie
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon deployed the National Guard into Ferguson, Missouri after the violence and chaos escalated on Sunday night and early Monday morning. Meanwhile, the results of the preliminary autopsy of Michael Brown reportedly show “no evidence of a struggle.”
The National Guard was deployed after protesters reportedly shot at police, threw Molotov cocktails at officers and continued to loot businesses, according to USA Today.
Protests began after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a police officer on Aug. 9.
Nixon’s office said in a statement that the protesters also carried out a “coordinated attempt” to overrun the police command center and block roads in Ferguson.
The National Guard will “help restore peace and order and to protect the citizens of Ferguson,” according to the governor’s statement.
The governor cited “deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent acts” in the statement.
Law enforcement also began preventing people from congregating on the major street that has been the focal point of protests in Ferguson, according to the New York Times. While people are allowed to walk, police are not allowing people to stay stationary.
Schools in the area were closed on Monday.
The results of the autopsy will likely prove to be a source of even more conflict, given that forensic pathologist Dr. Michael Baden’s preliminary autopsy “cast doubts on police accounts of how Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot 18-year-old Michael Brown,” according to New York Daily News.
Baden, who is the former chief medical examiner of New York City, said that there “weren’t any signs of a struggle” on Brown’s body. Most of the bullets appear to have hit from in the front and only one was fatal, according to Baden.
Professor Shawn Parcells, a Kansas-based pathologist who assisted Baden on the autopsy, said that one of the wounds on Brown’s right arms “could have occurred when he was putting his hands up.”
Benjamin Crump, the lawyer for the Brown family, said that the autopsy “verifies that the witness accounts were true.”
“He was shot multiple times in broad daylight,” Crump said.
The Department of Justice is also reportedly planning on conducting an autopsy of Brown.
The preliminary autopsy results mark the first time that details of the events surrounding Brown’s death have been made available to the public.