New information surrounding the controversial shooting of Missouri teenager Mike Brown has emerged online with reports claiming he suffered multiple gunshot wounds.
A newly released preliminary private autopsy released Sunday (August 17) reveal he was shot at least six times.
One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the family’s request to conduct the separate autopsy. It was likely the last of bullets to hit him, he said. Mr. Brown, 18, was also shot four times in the right arm, he said, adding that all the bullets were fired into his front. (NY Times)
Various music stars attended R&B singer Chris Brown‘s celebrity flag football game Saturday (August 16) to promote non-violence in Los Angeles.
At the end of the game, Missouri native Nelly got on the mic and asked everyone to put their hands up and say “Don’t Shoot” in protest of the police shooting that left African-American teenager Michael Brown dead in Ferguson, Miss. Chris, Bow Wow, Trey, Lil Mama, Wale, and the rest of the stadium stood in solidarity with their hands up. “If anybody can sympathize with what my city is going through, it’s this city of L.A. right now on so many levels,” said Nelly, who was wearing a #MikeBrown tank top. “So for that respect alone, I’m asking you, I’m begging you, and I’m pleading for you to just raise your hands for a second.” (Rap-Up)
In the Midwest, Mike Brown’s family hosted a publicized rally a week after losing the teen.
A rally today at a church in Ferguson, Mo., the St. Louis suburb torn by demonstrations both peaceful and violent since the killing of an unarmed teen by a police officer last weekend, was “about standing up for our children,” an attorney for the 18-year-old’s family said. “We’re here to talk about standing up for our children, because if we don’t stand up for our children, nobody will stand up for our children,” attorney Benjamin Crump said. (ABC News)
Heading into the weekend, Roc Nation’s J. Cole directly addressed Brown’s death with the release of a new tribute song.
In the wake of the police shooting that left African-American teenager Michael Brown dead, J. Cole responds by penning a powerful and emotional plea. Over a bare bones beat, the Roc Nation MC cries out for freedom and justice. “All we wanna do is take the chains off / All we wanna do is be free,” sings a grief-stricken Cole. “Rest in Peace to Michael Brown and to every young black man murdered in America, whether by the hands of white or black,” said Cole. “I pray that one day the world will be filled with peace and rid of injustice. Only then will we all Be Free.” (Rap-Up)