Jessica Best, Chris Richards — Mirror.co.uk August 18, 2014
An unarmed black teenager whose death at the hands of the police sparked days of protest was shot at least six times, it’s been reported.
The New York Times reports that a preliminary private autopsy carried out at the request of Michael Brown’s family found the 18-year-old was shot twice in the head and four times in the right arm.
Dr Michael Baden concluded one of the gunshot wounds was in the top of the teenager’s skull, indicating he may have been bent forward when the bullet hit and killed him in Ferguson, Missouri, last week.
The Justice Department is due to perform its own post mortem examination, following the private autopsy and one carried out by local officials, due to the “extraordinary circumstances involved in this case”.
The news came overnight as cops fired smoke grenades at at a crowd protesting against the killing of an unarmed black teenager.
The canisters were shot as up to 400 people, including families with children, who had gathered to express their anger at the death of Mr Brown.
The police drove into the protest area in armoured vehicles and shot smoke canisters during a demo that had until then appeared to be peaceful.
The Missouri Highway Patrol said it used the devices to disperse “aggressors” who were trying to infiltrate a law enforcement command post.
It added that the armoured vehicles were deployed to ensure public safety.
The unrest followed the earlier introduction of a curfew i in a bid to quell violence following the death of Brown, who was shot dead by white police officer Darren Wilson.
Wilson is currently on administrative leave.