Recordings Suggest a Brief Encounter in Ferguson Shooting


The Aug. 9 police shooting of an unarmed teenager in Ferguson, Mo., apparently was a brief encounter that began and ended in less than 90 seconds, according to recordings of police radio transmissions obtained by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The paper said the recordings provide the best timeline yet for the events surrounding the shooting of Michael Brown Jr., 18, by Officer Darren Wilson. A grand jury is investigating the shooting.

Snippets of police radio conversation captured the encounter as it played out beginning at noon, when Wilson reported that he was back in service after another call. At 12:02 p.m., Wilson says, “Put me on Canfield with two. And send me another car.” Canfield was the street location, and “two” was a reference to Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, 22. The radio chatter did not include details of what happened during the encounter. But it concluded by a backup officer’s call at 12:07 p.m. As a woman wailed in the background, the officer said, “Get us several more units over here. There's gonna be a problem.”

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