Michael Brown Shooting

'I Don't Have a Gun!' Witness Says Michael Brown Yelled


The Missouri teen who was shot to death over the weekend told a police officer he was unarmed and begged him to stop shooting, said a friend who was with Michael Brown when he was killed. Dorian Johnson, 22, told msnbc the two were walking down the street in Ferguson when a police cruiser drove up to them. "His exact words were get the f--k on the sidewalk,” Johnson told msnbc. They responded that they were just walking back to Johnson's house, but the officer slammed on his brakes, stopping so he was face-to-face with them.

The officer, whose identity and race have yet to be made public, tried to open his door, Johnson said, but the door hit Brown and ricocheted closed. The officer then grabbed Brown by the neck, Johnson said. “I could see the muscles in his forearm,” Johnson said. "That’s when I heard, ‘I’m gonna shoot you.’” Brown started running, stopping at one point with his hands up as he cried, "I don’t have a gun, stop shooting!" Johnson said the officer fired several shots, and Brown collapsed to the ground.




—Elizabeth Chuck