16 Witnesses Testified Michael Brown Had His Hands Up When Darren Wilson Fired

After analyzing more than 500 pages of witness testimony, PBS created a chart that compares their witnesses' statements to Darren Wilson's testimony. The chart indicates some of the key details of Wilson's shooting of Michael Brown on August 9, including whether Brown had his hands up when Wilson fired and whether he was running away at the time he was shot.


PBS wrote that some of its major findings include:  

  • More than 50 percent of the witness statements said that Michael Brown held his hands up when Darren Wilson shot him (16 out of 29 such statements).
  • Only five witness statements said that Brown reached toward the waistband of his pants during the confrontation leading up to Wilson shooting him to death.
  • More than half of the witness statements said that Brown was running away from Wilson when the police officer opened fire on the 18-year-old, while fewer than one-fifth of such statements indicated that was not the case.
  • There was an even split among witness statements that said whether or not Wilson fired upon Brown when the 18-year-old had already collapsed onto the ground.
  • Only six witness statements said that Brown was kneeling when Wilson opened fire on him. More than half of the witness statements did not mention whether or not Brown was kneeling.

View the full chart here

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