CNN is reporting that a Ferguson resident happened to have recorded what he claims were the gunshots fired by Officer Darren Wilson at Michael Brown. Click on the image above to go to the CNN report to hear it for yourself. If authentic, it clearly indicates two groups of shots fired; an initial burst of six rounds, a pause, then four more. “‘I was very concerned about that pause … because it’s not just the number of gunshots, it’s how they’re fired,’ the (recordist’s) attorney, Lopa Blumenthal, told CNN’s Don Lemon. ‘And that has a huge relevance on how this case might finally end up.'” Really? . . .
CNN dug up another attorney who is “concerned” by the pause, too.
“It’s the pause that gives most concern in a police shooting, especially with an unarmed victim, because at this point Mr. Brown is defenseless — he has no weapon,” said (attorney Chris) Chestnut, who represented the family of Jonathan Ferrell.
So imagine our surprise then to hear a logical – and likely – explanation from, of all people, Van Jones.
“To be fair, there could be other explanations for that pause,” said attorney Van Jones, co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire.” “Maybe the officer will say, ‘Well I fired, and he kept advancing, so I fired again.’ “
Which would be a perfectly logical explanation for the gap. Yes, it’s all still speculation given the fact that no one (other than, we assume, investigators) has heard Officer Wilson’s account of the shooting. But an initial burst followed by more shots would seem to be consistent with the story some have put forward that Brown charged the officer. Then apparently kept coming.
Again, it’s all still guesswork based on hearsay. And some of the the stories told have changed as more evidence has presented itself. But those who are trying to portray the pause as evidence of wrongdoing on the part of Wilson may very well be jumping the gun. So to speak.