NEW VIDEO: Stunned Eye-Witness to Michael Brown's Shooting Puts His Hands Up, Mimicking Brown in Real-Time
CNN is reporting that a new eye-witness video of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson has emerged. The cell-phone video captures the reaction of two construction workers who were 50 feet from the shooting. One worker raises his hands up, apparently mimicking Michael Brown, and says, "He had his f*cking hands up.
Reached by CNN, but not wanting to be identified, the man told CNN that he heard one gunshot, and another 30 seconds later. In between, nothing. "The cop didn't say get on the ground. He just kept shooting," the man said.
That same witness described the gruesome scene, saying he saw Brown's "brains come out of his head," again stating, "his hands were up."
The video shows the man raising his arms in the air -- just as, he says, Brown was doing when he was shot.
The other contractor told CNN he saw Brown running away from a police car.
Brown "put his hands up," the construction worker said, and "the officer was chasing him."
The real-time description, captured on video, flies in the face of other supposed eye-witness and police accounts claiming that Brown charged at the officer.
CNN's legal analysts agreed that the video could play a role in the case. Jeff Toobin said: "You have practically in real time someone discussing what they saw, and that's just good evidence."
Sunny Hostin, a CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor, thought it significant that several witnesses are telling the same story.
"They're saying that he was running from the police officer and that his hands were up," she said. "I don't know what other witness testimony at this point or account we have to hear. The bottom line is having your hands up is the universal sign for surrender."
Watch the video either below or read the whole story here via CNN.