Michael Brown’s parents are expressing their frustration after Officer Darren Wilson spoke out about having a “clear conscience” following a grand jury decision not to charge Wilson for the Aug. 9 shooting of their son.
Wilson spoke to ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on Tuesday, saying, “I know I did my job right.” In the interview, Wilson said he feared for his life as he tried to defend himself against the 18-year-old, who was allegedly throwing punches at him while Wilson was inside his police vehicle.
The altercation then shifted outside the vehicle, where Wilson said Brown charged at him after initially running away. That’s when the fatal shots were fired. Witness accounts heard by the grand jury differed.
Here are 5 pieces of evidence that the Ferguson grand jury saw, according to ABC News:
1) Police Car Damage
The police car’s driver-side window was shattered, and the driver-side mirror was bent towards the car, possibly indicating evidence of a fierce struggle between Wilson and Brown while the officer was still seated in his patrol car.
2) A Witness’ Journal Entry
A journal entry by someone police only identified as “Witness 44” said that Brown charged at Wilson, even after Wilson fired his gun. “The cop just stood there,” the entry read. “Dang if that kid didn’t start running right at the cop like a football player. Head down. I heard three bangs, but the big kid wouldn’t stop.”
3) Wilson’s Medical Examination
Wilson sustained bruising in the face, neck, and scalp areas after “he was hit in the face a couple of times,” according to a police report. Wilson also reported jaw pain, according to a medical examination report.
4) A DNA Analysis Report
A DNA analysis report revealed that Brown’s DNA was found inside Wilson’s car, on the officer’s shirt and pants, and the interior left front door handle.
Brown’s blood was also found on Wilson’s gun, according to the police investigation. That evidence appeared to support Wilson’s claim that Brown punched the officer while Wilson was seated in his car and reached in and struggled over Wilson’s gun. Wilson said he fired twice while in the car.
5) Wilson’s Interview
Wilson testified before the grand jury that he perceived Brown as a direct threat. “He looked up at me and had the most intense aggressive face, it looks like a demon, that’s how angry he looked,” Wilson told the panel.