Dellwood Police Department, City Hall on Fire? Nope, Just a Rumor
The city of Dellwood’s city hall and police department was not set on fire following the Ferguson grand jury decision.
Dellwood is located near Ferguson.
The St Louis County Police Department that the city hall was set on fire. Other rumors said the police department was on fire.
However, the department later said, “CORRECTION: Dellwood City Hall not on fire. A car near the bldg was set on fire.”
CORRECTION: Dellwood City Hall not on fire. A car near the bldg was set on fire.
— St. Louis County PD (@stlcountypd) November 25, 2014
Associated Press Ferguson update:
Highlights of testimony in Michael Brown shooting
A St. Louis County grand jury met for 25 days over three months and heard more than 70 hours of testimony from about 60 witnesses — many of whom gave conflicting statements — before deciding not to indictFerguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown, according to prosecutor Bob McCulloch.
Here are some of the highlights from the testimony, released by McCulloch’s office Monday night:
A PUNCH TO THE FACE
Wilson told the grand jury that he initially encountered Brown and a friend walking in a street and told them to move to the sidewalk, drawing an expletive from Brown. Wilson said he noticed that Brown had a handful of cigars, “and that’s when it clicked for me” that the men were suspects in the theft of a convenience store reported minutes earlier.
Wilson said he asked a dispatcher to send additional officers, then backed his vehicle in front of Brown and his friend. As he tried to open the door, Wilson said, Brown slammed it back shut. Wilson said he pushed Brown with the door and Brown hit him in the face. Wilson told grand jurors he was thinking: “What do I do not to get beaten inside my car?”
Wilson said he drew his gun and threatened to shoot if Brown didn’t move back, fearing another punch to the face could “knock me out or worse.”
“He immediately grabs my gun and says, ‘You are too much of a pussy to shoot me,'” Wilson said, saying he thought he would be shot when Brown dug the gun into the officer’s hip.
AN ANGRY LOOK
Wilson said he managed to pull the trigger, and the gun “clicked” twice without firing before a shot went through the window. Wilson said Brown stepped back and then looked at him with the “most intense, aggressive face.”
“The only way I can describe it, it looks like a demon, that’s how angry he looked. He comes back towards me again with his hands up.”
Wilson said he covered his face and fired the gun again. He told the grand jury that he fired two shots in the car before Brown took off running and he followed him.
Wilson said when Brown stopped, he told him to get on the ground. He said he squeezed a series of shots when Brown kept coming toward him and put his right hand under his shirt in the waistband of his pants.
He said he fired another round of shots as Brown continued to gain on him, approaching Wilson as if he was going to tackle him: “Just coming straight at me like he was going to run right through me. And when he gets about … 8 to 10 feet away … all I see is his head and that’s what I shot.”
A FRIEND’S SHOCK
Brown’s companion that day, Dorian Johnson, told the grand jury he was stunned when Brown stole cigarillos from the convenience store, and expected to be arrested while they were walking home. But Wilson drove on after originally telling them to get on the sidewalk, reversing his vehicle and coming back at the pair after they ignored his demand.
“After he pulled back, there was no more sidewalk talk, it was nothing, it was just anger,” Johnson told the grand jury.
He said Wilson opened his door suddenly, striking Brown, then closed the door and grabbed Brown by the neck. He said the two men engaged in a “tug of war” each holding on to the other’s shirt and arms.
As the two wrestled, he said he heard Wilson say, “I’ll shoot.” Johnson said he never saw Brown punch Wilson, and didn’t think he grabbed the officer’s gun.
Johnson described being in shock as he realized things were getting out of control.
“At the time I couldn’t open my mouth. I couldn’t speak. I wanted to say could someone calm down . I’m still standing there, more shocked than ever because I see it is escalating, I can see and hear the cuss words, I can see the frowns on their faces getting more intense.”