Witness conversation caught on tape at scene could be pivotal in Brown shooting case

Raw video taken on the scene immediately following Michael Brown’s shooting is being circulated as a possible validation of police officer Darren Wilson’s account of the incident that has sparked a week of riots and unrest in Missouri and another race debate nationally.

Conservative Treehouse blog found the video on You Tube late last week. It was posted by someone who was filming Brown’s body on the street and talking with others about what had just happened. Although the main voice on the clip says he thinks the police shot Brown unjustifiably, an apparent witness to the shooting offered his account that some are saying gives credence to what the police said happened.

The alleged witness said Brown was coming back at the officer who had his gun already drawn. There are two very different versions of this pivotal part of the incident. The widely reported version that sparked the riots and looting is that Brown turned around to surrender with his hands up before he was shot. The police version is that the shooting came after a struggle in which Brown tried to take the officer’s gun.

The description heard in the video’s background is not definitive evidence in either direction, really, but it puts you at the scene to hear what was said in real time.

The background voice heard on the clip starting around the 6-minute mark.

This raw video may be one of many recorded on that day. There’s a long way to go before the facts get sorted out in this case.

An approximate transcription of the background conversation from Conservative Treehouse, which was too garbled in some places to transcribe:

#1 How’d he get from there to there?

#2 Because he ran, the police was still in the truck – cause he was like over the truck

{crosstalk}

#2 But him and the police was both in the truck, then he ran – the police got out and ran after him

{crosstalk}

#2 Then the next thing I know he coming back toward him cus – the police had his gun drawn already on him –

#1. Oh, the police got his gun

#2 The police kept dumpin on him, and I’m thinking the police kept missing – he like – be like –(garbled) 

{crosstalk}

#2 Police fired shots – the next thing I know – the police was missing

#1 The Police?

#2 The Police shot him

#1 Police?

#2 The next thing I know … I’m thinking … the dude started running … (garbled something about “he took it from him”)

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