In an interview with MSNBC that was published Tuesday morning, Dorian Johnson, a friend of Mike Brown, provided details of the shooting that killed the unarmed Brown on Saturday afternoon in Ferguson, MO. Johnson, 22, was with Brown that day when the two were stopped by a Ferguson police officer while walking to Brown’s grandmother’s home.
Johnson claims that the police officer told the two to get on the sidewalk as they were walking down the middle of the street. After the two had told the officer that they were nearly at their destination, the officer pulled away in his car but then slammed on the brakes and backed his vehicle back up to them.
At that time, per Johnson, the officer’s vehicle was right beside Brown. The officer attempted to open his car door, but it hit against Brown and slammed shut. Johnson states that the officer, while still in the vehicle, grabbed Brown by the neck. As Brown tried to get away, the officer clenched Brown’s shirt and attempted to pull him into the vehicle. At this time, per Johnson’s account, the officer told Brown he was going to shoot him. He reached for his gun and then claimed that he’ll shoot again.
Johnson claims that he saw the officer shoot Brown in the right side at that time. He says Brown was being held by the officer the whole time during the struggle and when the first shot went off. After the first shot, both Johnson and Brown ran. Johnson was able to duck behind a car. He states that he told Brown to keep running. The officer then shot Brown a second time in the back. After the second shot, Brown turned around and raised his hands, telling the officer he was unarmed and to please stop shooting. The officer then fired several more shots as he and Brown were face-to-face. As Brown went to the ground, Johnson ran away as fast as he could until he got to his apartment.