Ferguson’s black witnesses who support Darren Wilson are afraid of mob retribution

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With protests in Ferguson, Mo., taking on more of an “Occupy Wall Street” feel with each passing day, protesters refuse to acknowledge the growing possibility that officer Darren Wilson’s actions the day he crossed paths with 18-year-old Michael Brown may have been justified.

And it’s a possibility that a number of black witnesses have long accepted, but are too afraid to publicly acknowledge, according to The Washington Post.

The newspaper reported that according to its sources, “more than a half-dozen unnamed black witnesses have provided testimony to a St. Louis County grand jury that largely supports Wilson’s account of events of Aug. 9.”

The sources also say there is physical evidence that shows Brown to be the aggressor.

Much of Wilson’s testimony before the grand jury has been leaked by unnamed government officials, and autopsy reports seem to support the officer’s account that Brown reached for his gun during a confrontation inside his patrol car, and that he shot Brown outside the vehicle after the teen rushed toward him.

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“Seven or eight African American eyewitnesses have provided testimony consistent with Wilson’s account, but none of them have spoken publicly out of fear for their safety,” the Post reported.

Ferguson has been rocked by protests, violent at times, since Brown’s death, with protesters displaying aggressive behavior toward police and those who show support for Wilson.

The protesters frequently chant: “Hands up, Don’t Shoot” — but the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on Tuesday that Brown’s official county autopy report suggested he may not have had his hands raised when Wilson shot him.

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