A witness to the Michael Brown shooting says she heard the teenager say, "I give up," before being fatally shot by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson.
The unnamed witness told her story to law enforcement agents on Aug. 16, one week after the shooting. Her interview was presented as evidence during the grand jury hearing into whether Wilson would be charged with a crime in Brown's shooting. The interview, along with other grand jury testimony and evidence, was made public Monday night.
In her conversation with an agent who appears to be from the FBI, the witness says she had gone to the store to buy soda and had stopped on Canfield Drive on her way home to visit her cousin. She says she was standing outside smoking a cigarette in a parking lot very close to the spot where Brown had his fatal encounter with Wilson. She claims to have seen the whole exchange.
The witness said she was watching Brown talk to Wilson through the window of the police car when Wilson grabbed Brown. She says a scuffle ensued, Wilson fired two shots, and at least one of them struck Brown.
"I know I seen a spot on him; knew that he was hit; and then the second shot rung off," she says. At that point, Brown ran away from Wilson and toward where she was standing, she says.
When he reached a nearby telephone pole, Brown stopped running. "And that's when his arms went up and he turnt around, and he was walkin' back towards the police," she says. "But ... I heard him say, 'I give up.' I know I heard him say that ... 'I give up.'"
Wilson had gotten out of the police car by now, the witness says, and when Brown turned around with his hands in the air, she says, Wilson fired at least four more times until Brown, who was unarmed, collapsed to the ground. Wilson fired 12 shots in total, according to St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch.
In his grand jury testimony, Wilson said that Brown punched him twice in the face through the car window and that a third blow could have been "fatal" or at least rendered him unconscious. He said he had warned Brown to get back from the car, or he would shoot. He also said that he felt using his weapon was his "only option."
Wilson said that after Brown ran away from him, Brown turned back around, making a "grunting" sound and then charging at him. That was when Wilson said he fired the shots that killed Brown.
In announcing the grand jury's decision not to indict Wilson on Monday, McCulloch talked about the problems inherent in eyewitness accounts. He said that many people who saw the shooting "truly believe" their version of events "even in the face of their testimony being in conflict with the physical evidence."
The witness who told law enforcement that Brown said, "I give up," for instance, said there was another police officer in the car with Wilson during the incident, even though accounts from both sides have always maintained Wilson was alone.
Several eyewitnesses offered contradictory accounts of both the timing and order of events of the shooting. Some claimed Brown held his hands up before he was shot, while others claimed he did not. Other witnesses said Brown charged Wilson before being shot, while yet additional witnesses claimed the teenager was on his knees before his death. There is also conflicting testimony on whether Brown made a motion toward his waistline, as Wilson described.
A young woman, who witnessed a portion of the incident from a third-floor apartment window, said she saw Brown on his knees "grabbing his, either this stomach or his side and had it ... then he put his hands up and then the man just keep aiming ... um ... firing and then that was it." Another witness who saw the shooting from a third-floor window claimed that he saw Brown on his knees with his hands up in the air, telling Wilson, "Please don't shoot me."
A man who witnessed the incident while on his porch claimed that Brown was shot in the back while he was running away. According to his testimony, Brown then turned around, put up his hands, and said, "Don't shoot."
A man who says he watched the shooting from the window of his third-floor apartment on Canfield Drive as he was getting ready to go to work, says Wilson was running toward Brown while firing his gun.
A man who was working about 100 yards from the shooting, however, claimed that Brown's hands never went up at all, and that he was not on his knees.
"He turned around and he did some type of movement. I never seen him put his hands up or anything. I'm not sure if he pulled his pants up or whatever he did but I seen some type of movement and he started charging towards the police officer," said the witness, who was not close enough to hear any words being exchanged.
"I know for sure they weren't above his head," he added.
Igor Bobic contributed reporting.
This post has been updated to include the account of a witness who watched from his third-floor apartment while getting ready for work.Follow HuffPost's liveblog below for more Ferguson updates
11/30/2014 3:28 PM EST
Wilson Resigned Over Safety Concerns, Lawyer Says
he white police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, this summer, resigned from the force without any severance deal, the mayor of the St. Louis suburb said on Sunday.
The officer, Darren Wilson, announced his resignation late Saturday, saying he feared for his own safety and that of his fellow police officers after a grand jury decided not to indict him in the fatal Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
11/30/2014 7:27 AM EST
10 People Arrested During Portland's Ferguson Protest
PORTLAND, Ore (AP) — Authorities say 10 people have been arrested in Portland during a protest related to the Ferguson, Missouri, police shooting.
The city police bureau says the arrests came Saturday night "after a large group of protesters laid down in the street and refused lawful orders to clear the roadway."
Earlier, the gathering over the Missouri shooting death of a black man by a white police officer included a speech by the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
The Oregonian reports that Jackson urged nonviolence and said the resignation of the officer was "a step in the right direction," but that much remained to be done to achieve justice for the victim.
Police say that after Jackson left, some protesters marched around downtown and sporadically disrupted traffic.
Officials say some bottles were thrown at officers and a police car was damaged.
The nine adults and one juvenile arrested will face charges that include disorderly conduct.
11/29/2014 10:15 PM EST
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Large Police Presence
11/29/2014 9:42 PM EST
Saturday Night Protest In Ferguson
11/29/2014 9:26 PM EST
Armed 'Oath Keepers' Plan To Protest
The NYT reports that armed members of the group "Oath Keepers" are in Ferguson to offer their help protecting businesses from damage.
From the NYT:
The volunteers, who are sometimes described as a citizen militia — but do not describe themselves that way — have taken up armed positions on rooftops here on recent nights....
But on Saturday, with the county police said to be threatening the Oath Keepers with arrest, the volunteers decided to abandon their posts and instead protest against the authorities. Late in the day on Saturday, a protest was being planned for that night.
Read more here.
11/29/2014 6:56 PM EST
Darren Wilson Resigns From Ferguson Police Department
Darren Wilson has resigned from Ferguson police department.
Read his resignation letter below, via St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
"I, Darren Wilson, hereby resign my commission as a police officer with the City of Ferguson effective immediately. I have been told that my continued employment may put the residents and police officers of the City of Ferguson at risk, which is a circumstance that I cannot allow. For obvious reasons, I wanted to wait until the grand jury made their decision before I officially made my decision to resign. It was my hope to continue in police work, but the safety of other police officers and the community are of paramount importance to me. It is my hope that my resignation will allow the community to heal. I would like to thank all of my supporters and fellow officers throughout this process."
11/27/2014 12:55 PM EST
Murals In Ferguson
The group that's out painting right now also did this mural. It's a block or so from the Ferguson PD pic.twitter.com/tqgIUhR8C0— Jim Dalrymple II (@JimDalrympleII) November 27, 2014
11/27/2014 11:28 AM EST
Ferguson Protests Hit Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
Unrest following the Ferguson grand jury's decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson has hit the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Using #StopTheParade as a rallying cry, protesters attempted to disrupt the annual parade in New York City. According to Mashable, police arrested some of the demonstrators just as the parade kicked off.
11/27/2014 11:19 AM EST
Ferguson Library Stays Open Throughout The Protests
MSNBC's Steve Kornacki reports on Ferguson's public library, which has remained open throughout the protests.
Over 50 volunteers helped staff the library, which provided free lunches to children as schools remained closed. The library also offered help to businesses who suffered damage during the protests following the grand jury's decision.
"We have a dramatic setting right now but it is not different than what libraries do every day," library director Scott Bonner said.