A video released Monday sheds light on the aftermath of the fatal Mike Brown shooting that has gripped the nation for the past 10 days. The video, captured on a cellphone, was released by Piaget Crenshaw, a young woman whose apartment overlooks the scene where the shooting took place. Crenshaw was heading to work when, she says, she witnessed police officer Darren Wilson interacting with and later shooting Brown. She tells CNN she ran back home to get her cellphone and record the disturbing incident.
When asked why she decided to film it, she said that something did not feel right. “From it all initially happening, I knew this was not right,” Crenshaw stated.
“I knew the police shouldn't have been chasing this boy and firing at the same time. And the fact he got shot in his face, something clicked in me and I thought someone else should see this, so I recorded.”
Though the shooting in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, happened 10 days ago, Crenshaw just released the footage this week, due to advice from her attorney, and out of concern for her safety. In the beginning of the video, she can be heard saying, “God bless his soul, police shot this boy outside my apartment. They killed him.” The footage shows Brown lying in the middle of the street as an officer, presumably Wilson, looks on and calls over another officer. A witness in the background can be heard saying, “You didn’t have to do him like this.” Crenshaw said Wilson paced back and forth in the street next to Brown’s body, seemingly “in disbelief” over what just occurred.
On Aug. 9, Brown was shot to death after he put his hands up during an alleged altercation with cops on a street in Ferguson, according to witnesses. Police, meanwhile, said they had cause to shoot Brown.
A preliminary autopsy revealed the 18-year-old was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, the New York Times reported Sunday night. The fatal bullet apparently entered the top of Brown’s skull, which suggests his head was bent forward when it hit him, Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, revealed, adding that the fatal bullet was most likely the last one to hit Brown.