Dorian Johnson’s tale of the Encounter in Ferguson

Although we are all hoping that the unrest revolving around the shooting in Ferguson will soon subside, some may still be interested in the details.  The following is an excerpt from an article posted today by Paul Cassell at the Volokh Conspiracy law blog, the most detailed article that I have seen on the subject.  It focuses on the testimony of Michael Brown’s friend Dorian Johnson, who was the man walking with Brown when the encounter began, and the apparent source of the “Hands up, don’t shoot” meme:

In short, Dorian Johnson’s story is not only implausible on critical issues, but also fails to match the physical evidence.  In that respect, Johnson’s version clearly contrasts with Wilson’s testimony and, for example, Witness 10′s corroborating testimony.  A reader interested in all the facts can make up his own mind.  But to my mind, the evidence show that Johnson’s “hands up, don’t shoot” story is just that — a story made up by Dorian Johnson to obscure what really happened … and to transform his friend from a villain into a victim.

The full article can be read HERE.