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Michael Brown attorneys, forensic pathologists address secondary autopsy

The family of shooting victim Michael Brown held a news conference Monday morning in Ferguson to address the findings of a secondary autopsy on Brown.

Brown family Attorney Ben Crump said the family wanted the second autopsy because they didn’t only want to rely on the St. Louis County Police autopsy, because “they could not trust what was going to be put in the reports about the tragic execution of their child.”

Crump went on to say the autopsy verifies that witness account were true, that there were multiple shots fired.

Those results were released Sunday night, determining Brown was shot by 6 bullets, two of which could have made re-entry into Brown’s body. It was concluded x-rays will be able to show where the bullets were before the first autopsy was started.

Another Brown attorney claimed the case has suffered from a lack of transparency, nothing the bullet wounds showed bullet wounds coming from back to front, supporting witness testimony that Brown had his back turned to the officer.

Dr. Michael Baden, who assisted in performing the autopsy, said the release of information is critical in calming the community.

“The sooner the information goes out, this calms the community and family concerns over ‘cover-ups’,” said Baden. Baden added prosecutors may not want the information released, but waiting longer only gets the community more distressed.

Baden explained cases of this magnitude are not common.

“Many black men die every day in this country due to homicides or other accidents, and rarely has the President of the United States gotten involved. Not in a civil rights way.”

Digging further into the autopsy results, Baden said there was no evidence of a struggle on Brown, but an examination of Officer Darren Wilson would be needed to make a conclusion.

Baden also stated there was no gun powder residue on Brown’s body, concluding he was at least 1-2 feet away from the weapon, but clothing still needs to be examined.

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