There were several questions not asked during the Grand Jury announcement in the case of Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson’s homicide of Michael Brown in August of 2014. Although reporters had the opportunity to ask questions, these fundamental inquiries didn’t come up.
1. This question was brought up on the Lawrence O’Donnell show on MSNBC during their coverage of the announcement. He questioned, “how far Darren Wilson was from Michael Brown when he killed him.” It was revealed for the first time that Brown was over 150 feet from the site of the initial interaction at the SUV. Just how far Wilson chased after him would seem to indicate a level of fear he had for Brown.
2. Did Wilson indicate that he was in fear of his life when he shot Brown? (How was he in fear when Brown was so far away from the contact in the vehicle?)
3. How far from Wilson was Brown when he shot him?
4. When Michael Brown ran away from the police car, what made him stop and turn around?
5. If Wilson was in fear why didn’t he wait for back-up? If Wilson was in fear for his life why did he chase Brown?
6. How long did it take for backup to arrive? In the announcement it was stated that, backup arrived within seconds of the shooting. That would indicate that multiple police officers were on the scene or nearby when Brown was running away? Why was Wilson so afraid of a fleeing man approximately 150 feet away from his vehicle.?
7. How long did the incident take from start to finish? Some say the confrontation lasted 90 seconds.
8. During the hours that Michael Brown laid on the street did Wilson ever touch his body? Was he able to at any time place blood on his own clothing after the incident?
9. Why was the body not transported in an ambulance? Where did the body go after the scene?
10. When did Wilson file a report on the incident?
11. How long did Wilson have to construct a story before he was questioned for the first time?
12. Why did Wilson think it was better to kill Brown than to let him escape?
13. What was said at the vehicle before Michael Brown was shot?
Due, at least in part, to weak journalism skills from novice reporters, not familiar with critical thinking, these questions went unasked. In the coming days more information is sure to surface.