After a controversial grand jury decision to not indict Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown, it’s been reported that Wilson’s testimony regarding the shooting has been made available to public. It is Wilson’s only detailed account of the incident on record. According to Wilson’s testimony, Brown became confrontational when the police officer asked him and his friend to stop walking in the middle of the street. “I’ve never seen that much aggression so quickly from a simple request to just walk on the sidewalk,” Wilson said in the testimony.
Wilson says that Brown became even more aggressive as he was about to step out the police car to confront the teen. Brown slammed the door before Wilson got out and a struggle ensued between the two. “I tried to hold his right arm and use my left hand to get out to have some type of control and not be trapped in my car anymore,” Wilson said. “And when I grabbed him, the only way I can describe it is I felt like a five-year-old holding on to Hulk Hogan,” Wilson testified. Wilson claims that Brown punched him a couple of times
According to Darren Wilson, he felt like a 5-year-old child and Mike Brown was like “Hulk Hogan.” pic.twitter.com/cv9b5kWZL8
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 25, 2014
The police officer then felt that the best course of action to defend himself was to reach for his gun. He testified that he was wearing contacts that day, so using mace inside a confined space would have blinded him. After his gun malfunctioned, he was finally able to shoot Brown who then ran away. Wilson gave chase and shot Brown a couple of more time before delivering the fatal blow to Brown’s head.
Lori Lightfoot, a formal federal prosecutor in Chicago, said in a phone interview that Wilson still used excessive force and the prosecutor’s summary failed to show any evidence as to why Wilson had to use his gun. “Why were those shots necessary?” Lightfoot began. “That question was not answered. People are not going to feel satisfied until they understand what the evidence was and what reasonable conclusions could be drawn from that evidence.”
Officer Darren Wilson gives his version of what happened the day he killed Michael Brown