The FBI has been handed a potentially crucial recording that allegedly contains audio of the moment that Officer Darren Wilson opened fire and killed unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, earlier this month.
The audio captures the moment when Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot dead by Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. At least ten shots can be heard in two separate volleys of gunfire and experts have said this indicated a ‘moment of contemplation’ for Wilson.
Officer Wilson claims he felt his life was threatened on August 9, yet witnesses and a friend of Brown claim he had surrendered.
The unidentified man who has given the unverified tape to authorities claims to have coincidentally recorded the fatal shots, and the FBI has confirmed it has interviewed the man who recorded audio.
Attorney: Lopa Blumenthal is legally representing the man who claims to have coincidentally recorded the shooting of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson on August 9
‘There sounds like a pause in it (the audio). And when you hear that pause it brings some concern,’ said retired Chief Deputy US Marshall Matthew Fog after listening on CNN.
‘It is very significant, because if you have a pause there it means somebody had time to think and then fire again.’
In the audio, the unidentified man is heard telling someone, ‘You’re so pretty’ then 11 gunshots can be heard to cackle in the background — seven in one volley, followed a pause and then a final burst of four.
‘He was in his apartment, talking to a friend on a video chat,’ said Blumenthal.
‘He heard loud noises, and at the time he didn’t even realize the import of what he was hearing until afterwards, and it just happened to have captured 12 seconds of what transpired outside of his building
If indeed the audio is genuine it calls into question the version of events that Officer Wilson and the Ferguson police force have claimed occurred on that Saturday afternoon.
At least two autopsies performed on Michael Brown have concluded he died after being shot six times by Wilson after being pulled over by the officer, including a fatal ‘kill shot’ to the top of his head.
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