Autopsy: Michael Brown Shot 6 Times

FERGUSON, Mo.-- A preliminary autopsy report shows that Michael Brown was shot at least six times including twice in the head, a lawyer for the family said Monday.

Benjamin Crump said all of the bullets entered from the front.

"It verifies the worst that the family thinks happened — that he was executed," Crump said. "It confirms what the witnesses said, that this was an execution. That's what the witnesses said from day one."

He added that Brown, 18, had several wounds to his arms and a "kill shot to the head."

"It's so hard for his mother and father to even deal with the notion that this is what happened," Crump said. "It's obvious his hands were up at some point because you can tell how the bullet goes from in and out."

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Crump said Michael Baden, who performed the autopsy at the family's request, is hoping to get the clothes Brown was wearing when he was killed. Baden wants to check the clothing for gunshot residue. Baden also wants the bullets that were removed from the teen's body, Crump said.

"We want to know how many bullets they pulled out of him," Crump said, adding that he also wants to see X-rays of the body.

Crump said one bullet that pierced the right eye of Brown.


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The St. Louis County medical examiner's autopsy concluded that Brown died of gunshot wounds, but other details have not been released.

Brown was unarmed when Feguson police officer Darren Wilson, 28, shot him Aug. 9. Witnesses in the area said Brown had raised his hands to surrender when he was shot. The shooting and police response drew racially charged protests that have sometimes turned violent.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Sunday ordered a separate, third federal autopsy.

Citing the "extraordinary'' nature of the case, Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon said Holder directed the action at the request of Brown's family.

"This independent examination will take place as soon as possible,'' Fallon said in written statement. "Even after it is complete, Justice Department officials still plan to take the state-performed autopsy into account in the course of their separate investigation.''

Holder's decision for a third autopsy underscores the chasm between local authorities, who are leading the investigation into Brown's death, and many in the predominately black community who have expressed little confidence in the local investigation.

The Justice Department is conducting a separate inquiry into possible civil rights violations, related to the shooting. About 40 FBI agents had been deployed to the investigation at the start to assist in canvassing the local neighborhoods for witnesses.

FBI agents also have joined local authorities in some witness interviews related to Brown's shooting after those witnesses expressed doubts about the integrity of the local inquiry, a federal law enforcement official said Saturday.

The official, who is not authorized to comment publicly, said the joint interviews have involved few witnesses so far. But the concerns echo themes from waves of protesters during the past week who have cited a broken trust with local police.


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