Witness To Mike Brown’s Shooting Death Arrested In St. Louis
People who witness or record events of excessive police force often get popped by police themselves later on, and the young man who was walking with Mike Brown when he was gunned down in Ferguson, MO is no exception. Dorian Johnson, whose firsthand account of Mike Brown’s death was discounted by the police department’s own investigation, was arrested on charges of assault on a police officer and resisting arrest. Via People:
Dorian Johnson, a prominent figure in the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, last August, was named Thursday on misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer in St. Louis.
Johnson, 23, had been walking with Brown when they were approached on Aug. 9 by Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson, who shot and killed Brown after an encounter. In statements later contradicted by other witnesses and physical evidence, according to a federal inquiry of the incident, Johnson had accused the officer of shooting Brown without provocation, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
On Wednesday afternoon, Johnson and his brother Demonte, 21, were among a “large group of subjects who were possibly armed with firearms,” according to an incident report, when Demonte grabbed the arm of an officer to stop him from patting down a man with a bulge in his waistband that police believed may have been a gun, the newspaper reports.
When officers tried to arrest Demonte, he resisted. Dorian then approached, standing close to the officer and yelling at him to try and prevent his brother’s arrest, according to KSDK.
Demonte, Dorian and the third man all were arrested.
At least they didn’t shoot him.