Lewis Diuguid

Details of police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., should help promote peace

Protesters earlier this month prepared to march to the Ferguson, Mo., police station. Activists planned a day of civil disobedience to protest Michael Brown's shooting on Aug. 9.
Protesters earlier this month prepared to march to the Ferguson, Mo., police station. Activists planned a day of civil disobedience to protest Michael Brown's shooting on Aug. 9. The Associated Press

As time passes, more information is being made public on the circumstances that led up to Ferguson, Mo., police Officer Darren Wilson fatally shooting 18-year-old Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

That’s good because then there should be no surprises when the state grand jury releases its findings. Two U.S. Justice Department civil rights investigations also are occurring, but they are expected to take even longer.

The official autopsy on Brown indicates he was shot in the hand at close range, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Wilson told investigators that Brown struggled for his handgun inside the police SUV after the officer told Brown and a companion not to walk in the street in the residential area.

Two shots were fired with one bullet striking Brown in the hand. The teen then ran.

Wilson fired again when Brown turned and charged at him. Sources told the Post-Dispatch that Brown's blood was found on Wilson's gun.

In the initial weeks after the shooting, many daily protests turned violent in Ferguson over the death of the unarmed, black teen by the white police officer. Calm has since been restored, but some protests continue.

Brown’s death has brought needed attention to racial profiling by police and shootings of African Americans. The peace that has returned to Ferguson needs to be maintained after all the evidence is in and the grand jury returns its finding, which is expected next month.

Calmer heads must prevail so that the outcome of justice and change can occur.

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