As tears, rage, and protest accompany the fallout from the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old Missouri teenager, the investigation seems to be missing a crucial piece. Even as the Ferguson Police Department has turned over its investigation to St. Louis County police and the FBI has opened up a parallel investigation into the shooting, no official has spoken with Dorian Johnson, who was with Brown at the time of the shooting.
MSNBC's Trymaine Lee spoke with Johnson, who described the episode in which Brown was reportedly accosted, assaulted, and shot by a police officer just days before he was set to begin college.
Freeman Bosley, Johnson’s attorney, told msnbc that the police have yet to interview Johnson. Bosley said that he offered the police an opportunity to speak with Johnson, but they declined.
“They didn’t even want to talk to him,” said Bosley, a former mayor of St. Louis. “They don’t want the facts. What they want is to justify what happened … what they are trying to do now is justify what happened instead of trying to point out the wrong. Something is wrong here and that’s what it is.”
St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar says the incident began when Brown attacked the unnamed police officer and was shot in an ensuing scuffle.
Saturday's shooting set off riots and looting in which dozens were arrested and some injured, including a few members of the nearly 300 police dispatched to contain the crowds with tear gas and rubber bullets.
Took POTUS 2 hours to respond to Robin Williams death. Not a peep about Mike Brown shooting or riots in US city. Why? http://t.co/44nWTUMa1A— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) August 12, 2014
The Brown family has reportedly hired Benjamin Crump to represent the slain teenager. Crump served as the family attorney in the Trayvon Martin case last year.
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