The Narrative Collapse in Ferguson continues.
Forensic tests have found the blood of Michael Brown on the gun, uniform and police cruiser belonging to Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot the unarmed teen two months ago in Ferguson, Missouri, The New York Times reported.
The revelation, provided by unnamed government officials familiar with a federal civil rights investigation, marked the first public account of Wilson's testimony to investigators.
[Report: Michael Brown's blood found on Officer Darren Wilson's gun, car door, by Faith Karimi and Michael Martinez, CNN, October 18, 2014]
Supporters of charges against Officer Darren Wilson now have to believe that Wilson decided to shoot Michael Brown, thought it was necessary (and possible) to drag a close to 300 pound "youth" into a police car, and then decided to execute him in close quarters, all for no apparent reason.
And as you have probably guessed, yup, that's what the "protesters" are going with. The obliging CNN reporters quickly refocus the article on the opinions of an "activist" instead of something racist like the results of forensic tests.
Angela Whitman, a Ferguson resident who was among activists meeting with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder there in August, found the newspaper account of Wilson's testimony "so hard to believe."
She said the report addressed only the initial encounter and not the subsequent fatal shooting, when some witnesses said Brown was surrendering with his hands up. But police said Wilson shot Brown after the teen attacked him and tried to take his gun.
Whitman speculated that the account was leaked to the newspaper because a St. Louis County grand jury investigating the teen's killing is now leaning toward not indicting the officer.
"If [Michael Brown] struggled with this officer, this still does not justify why this child is not alive," Whitman said. "If this young man did this, and struggled, that means he got free. And then witnesses said he turned around with his hands up. This kid should still be alive.
"There was speculation probably about a week ago, that Wilson will not be indicted, and that he is going to get off. People are more angry now. There's more anger now than when the incident happened," Whitman continued.
Whitman worried whether the revelation would provoke another round of racially charged protests akin to the violent demonstrations immediately after Brown's August 9 death in the St. Louis suburb. Wilson is white; Brown was black.
"This is not a black and white thing, this is about what's right and wrong. St. Louis is in trouble, because if this is what Darren Wilson said, and they believe him, St. Louis is going to burn," Whitman said.
"I'm so frustrated with this. It's all for political gain. It's become no longer about Mike Brown," Whitman added.
To repeat — Whitman believes that if the "child" Michael Brown, fresh from committing a violent assault on a shopkeeper, is proven to have struggled with a police officer, this means nothing. Furthermore, if people believe Darren Wilson and he is not charged, "St. Louis is going to burn." And this is also what CNN wants us to have in our heads before it even talks about the actual story — Darren Wilson's testimony and how it matches the evidence.