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Pathologist: Missouri teen may have had his hands raised

  • A member of the Missouri Highway Patrol talks on a radio Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by police has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore order Monday while lifting a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew that had been in place for two days.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    A member of the Missouri Highway Patrol talks on a radio Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by police has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore order Monday while lifting a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew that had been in place for two days. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Dr. Michael Baden, right, speaks as Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump, left, holds a diagram produced during a second autopsy done on 18-year-old Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. The independent autopsy shows Brown was shot at least six times. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Dr. Michael Baden, right, speaks as Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump, left, holds a diagram produced during a second autopsy done on 18-year-old Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. The independent autopsy shows Brown was shot at least six times. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Brown family attorney Daryl Parks points to a diagram produced during a second autopsy done on Michael Brown, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. The independent autopsy shows 18-year-old Brown was shot at least six times. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Brown family attorney Daryl Parks points to a diagram produced during a second autopsy done on Michael Brown, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. The independent autopsy shows 18-year-old Brown was shot at least six times. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Residents attempt to ask questions during a news conference held to discuss preliminary results of a second autopsy done on 18-year-old Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. The independent autopsy shows Brown was shot at least six times. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Residents attempt to ask questions during a news conference held to discuss preliminary results of a second autopsy done on 18-year-old Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. The independent autopsy shows Brown was shot at least six times. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • A member of the St. Louis County Police Department asks Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, to move along as they try to keep people from congregating, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by police has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore order Monday while lifting a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew that had been in place for two days. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    A member of the St. Louis County Police Department asks Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, to move along as they try to keep people from congregating, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by police has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore order Monday while lifting a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew that had been in place for two days. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • A man bends down in prayer as police try to disperse a small group of protesters Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by police has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore order Monday, while lifting a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew that had been in place for two days. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    A man bends down in prayer as police try to disperse a small group of protesters Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by police has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore order Monday, while lifting a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew that had been in place for two days. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Police try to keep protesters moving and do not allow anyone to congregate Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by police has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore order Monday while lifting a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew that had been in place for two days. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Police try to keep protesters moving and do not allow anyone to congregate Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by police has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore order Monday while lifting a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew that had been in place for two days. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • FILE - This undated file family photo provided by the Brown Family and held by Michael Brown Sr., shows Michael Brown Sr., at right, his son, Michael Brown, top left, and a young child. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Brown suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or when his back was turned to the shooter, "but we don't know," a pathologist hired by the teen's family said Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

    FILE - This undated file family photo provided by the Brown Family and held by Michael Brown Sr., shows Michael Brown Sr., at right, his son, Michael Brown, top left, and a young child. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Brown suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or when his back was turned to the shooter, "but we don't know," a pathologist hired by the teen's family said Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

  • FILE - This undated photo provided by the Brown family shows Michael Brown. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Brown suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or when his back was turned to the shooter, "but we don't know," a pathologist hired by the teen's family said Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Brown Family, File)

    FILE - This undated photo provided by the Brown family shows Michael Brown. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Brown suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or when his back was turned to the shooter, "but we don't know," a pathologist hired by the teen's family said Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Brown Family, File)

  • Getty Images photographer Scott Olson is arrested while covering demonstrators Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called in the National Guard Monday after police again used tear gas to quell protesters in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Getty Images photographer Scott Olson is arrested while covering demonstrators Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called in the National Guard Monday after police again used tear gas to quell protesters in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • Getty Images photographer Scott Olson is arrested while covering demonstrators Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called in the National Guard Monday after police again used tear gas to quell protesters in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown.  (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch,  J.B. Forbes)

    Getty Images photographer Scott Olson is arrested while covering demonstrators Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called in the National Guard Monday after police again used tear gas to quell protesters in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)

  • Brigadier Gen. Greg Mason of the Missouri National Guard speaks to the media on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, to explain the capacity his soldiers will take in securing the Ferguson protest area in the coming days. Unrest and tensions have been high since Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed teen Michael Brown nine days ago. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)

    Brigadier Gen. Greg Mason of the Missouri National Guard speaks to the media on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, to explain the capacity his soldiers will take in securing the Ferguson protest area in the coming days. Unrest and tensions have been high since Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed teen Michael Brown nine days ago. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)

  • Getty Images photographer Scott Olson is arrested while covering demonstrators Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called in the National Guard Monday after police again used tear gas to quell protesters in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown.  (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch,  J.B. Forbes)

    Getty Images photographer Scott Olson is arrested while covering demonstrators Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called in the National Guard Monday after police again used tear gas to quell protesters in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes)

  • Forensic pathologist Shawn Parcells speaks during a news conference to share preliminary results of a second autopsy done on Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. The independent autopsy shows 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot at least six times, and Parcells, who assisted former New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden during the autopsy, said a graze wound on Brown's right arm could have occurred in several ways. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

    Forensic pathologist Shawn Parcells speaks during a news conference to share preliminary results of a second autopsy done on Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. The independent autopsy shows 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot at least six times, and Parcells, who assisted former New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden during the autopsy, said a graze wound on Brown's right arm could have occurred in several ways. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

  • A member of the Missouri Highway Patrol talks on a radio Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by police has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore order Monday while lifting a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew that had been in place for two days.  (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Dr. Michael Baden, right, speaks as Brown family attorney Benjamin Crump, left, holds a diagram produced during a second autopsy done on 18-year-old Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. The independent autopsy shows Brown was shot at least six times. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Brown family attorney Daryl Parks points to a diagram produced during a second autopsy done on Michael Brown, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. The independent autopsy shows 18-year-old Brown was shot at least six times. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Residents attempt to ask questions during a news conference held to discuss preliminary results of a second autopsy done on 18-year-old Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. The independent autopsy shows Brown was shot at least six times. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • A member of the St. Louis County Police Department asks Rev. Jesse Jackson, right, to move along as they try to keep people from congregating, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by police has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore order Monday while lifting a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew that had been in place for two days. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • A man bends down in prayer as police try to disperse a small group of protesters Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by police has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore order Monday, while lifting a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew that had been in place for two days. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Police try to keep protesters moving and do not allow anyone to congregate Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. The Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown by police has touched off rancorous protests in Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb where police have used riot gear and tear gas. Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to help restore order Monday while lifting a midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew that had been in place for two days. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • FILE - This undated file family photo provided by the Brown Family and held by Michael Brown Sr., shows Michael Brown Sr., at right, his son, Michael Brown, top left, and a young child. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Brown suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or when his back was turned to the shooter, "but we don't know," a pathologist hired by the teen's family said Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)
  • FILE - This undated photo provided by the Brown family shows Michael Brown. Michael Brown, 18, was shot and killed in a confrontation with police in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Mo., on Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014. Brown suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may have occurred when he put his hands up or when his back was turned to the shooter, "but we don't know," a pathologist hired by the teen's family said Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Brown Family, File)
  • Getty Images photographer Scott Olson is arrested while covering demonstrators Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called in the National Guard Monday after police again used tear gas to quell protesters in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
  • Getty Images photographer Scott Olson is arrested while covering demonstrators Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called in the National Guard Monday after police again used tear gas to quell protesters in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown.  (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch,  J.B. Forbes)
  • Brigadier Gen. Greg Mason of the Missouri National Guard speaks to the media on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, to explain the capacity his soldiers will take in securing the Ferguson protest area in the coming days. Unrest and tensions have been high since Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson fatally shot unarmed teen Michael Brown nine days ago. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Christian Gooden)
  • Getty Images photographer Scott Olson is arrested while covering demonstrators Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon called in the National Guard Monday after police again used tear gas to quell protesters in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown.  (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch,  J.B. Forbes)
  • Forensic pathologist Shawn Parcells speaks during a news conference to share preliminary results of a second autopsy done on Michael Brown Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, in St. Louis County, Mo. The independent autopsy shows 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot at least six times, and Parcells, who assisted former New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden during the autopsy, said a graze wound on Brown's right arm could have occurred in several ways. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

An unarmed 18-year-old whose fatal shooting by the police has sparked a week of protests in suburban St. Louis suffered a bullet wound to his right arm that may indicate his hands were up or his back was turned, a pathologist hired by his family said yesterday.

But the pathologist said the team that examined Michael Brown can’t be sure yet exactly how the wounds were inflicted, citing the need for more information.

An independent autopsy determined that Michael Brown was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, the family’s lawyers and hired pathologists said.

Witnesses have said Brown’s hands were above his head when he was repeatedly shot by an officer Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Mo.

In Washington, D.C., President Obama said the vast majority of protesters in Ferguson were peaceful, but warned that a small minority was undermining justice.

During a brief pause in his summer vacation, Obama said overcoming the mistrust endemic between many communities and their local police departments would require Americans to “listen and not just shout.”

The president also weighed in for the first time publicly on the militarization of some local police departments, saying it would probably be useful to examine how federal grant dollars had been used to allow local police departments to purchase military-style equipment.

Attorney General Eric Holder was scheduled to travel to Ferguson later this week to meet with the FBI and other officials carrying out an independent federal investigation into Brown’s death.

Obama said he wanted to ensure Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon’s use of the National Guard was limited in scope.

Forensic pathologist Shawn Parcells, who assisted former New York City chief medical examiner Dr. Michael Baden during the private autopsy, said a bullet grazed Brown’s right arm. He said the wound indicates Brown may have had his back to the shooter, or he could have been facing the shooter with his hands above his head or in a defensive position across his chest or face.

“We don’t know,” Parcells said. “We still have to look at the other (elements) of this investigation before we start piecing things together.”

A third and final autopsy was performed yesterday for the Justice Department by one of the military’s most experienced medical examiners, Holder said.

Also yesterday, Nixon lifted the neighborhood’s midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew two days after it went into effect when he declared a state of emergency. The governor had summoned the National Guard overnight after the police again used tear gas to quell protesters.

Nixon said the National Guard troops would be under the direction of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which is overseeing security during protests.

As darkness fell last night, National Guard units with armored vehicles were waiting at a staging area about a half-mile from the portion of West Florissant Avenue that has been the scene of the largest protests.

Closer to the protest site, a crowd of demonstrators was marching and growing in size. Sheriff’s deputies in body armor and state troopers carrying wooden bats and gas masks stood watch over the group.

Police officers were telling protesters yesterday that they could not assemble in a single spot, saying they had to keep moving. In federal court, a judge denied a request from the American Civil Liberties Union for a restraining order that would have prevented authorities from enforcing the rule.

Two men were arrested for disorderly conduct and failure to disperse, the police said. A news photographer was also arrested while covering the demonstrations.

Authorities were also establishing a designated protest zone for nightly demonstrations. The plan was announced yesterday by the St. Louis County police.

It was not clear what would happen to those who refuse to use the area along West Florissant Avenue, where the majority of protests have occurred.

A grand jury could begin hearing evidence tomorrow to determine whether the officer, Darren Wilson, should be charged in Brown’s death, said Ed Magee, spokesman for St. Louis County’s prosecuting attorney.

The St. Louis County medical examiner’s autopsy found that Brown was shot six to eight times in the head and chest, office administrator Suzanne McCune said yesterday. But she declined further comment, saying the full findings were not expected for about two weeks.

Family attorney Benjamin Crump said Brown’s parents wanted the additional autopsy because they feared results of the county’s examination could be biased. Crump declined to release copies of the report.

“They could not trust what was going to be put in the reports about the tragic execution of their child,” he said during yesterday’s news conference with Parcells and Baden, who has testified in several high-profile cases, including the O.J. Simpson murder trial.

The second autopsy, Crump said, “verifies that the witness accounts were true: that he was shot multiple times.”

Baden said one of the bullets entered the top of Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when he suffered that fatal injury. The hired pathologists said Brown, who also was shot four times in the right arm, could have survived the other bullet wounds.

Baden also said there was no gunpowder residue on Brown’s body, indicating he was not shot at close range. However, Baden said he did not have access to Brown’s clothing, and that it was possible the residue could be on the clothing.

Crump also noted that Brown had abrasions on his face from where he fell to the ground, but there was “otherwise no evidence of a struggle.”

Legacy Comments3

Witnesses have said Browns hands were above his head when he was repeatedly shot (4th paragraph)

Breaking news...Tawana Brawley was just named Special Prosecutor.

"that may indicate"....Why does the media so want us to believe and push so hard with the scenario that the man was giving up, when so many reports from witnesses say otherwise? Just like they were completely wrong in the Zimmerman case, they will be wrong here. When this is all over, the cop will not face any charges, but, his life will be ruined. Where will he go to get his reputation back?

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