Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson described feeling “like a five-year-old holding on to Hulk Hogan” during his confrontation with teenager Michael Brown.
In his testimony to a grand jury, Officer Wilson, (28) claimed the teenager looked like a “demon” during the confrontation. He also described the lead-up to the event that sparked fiercely violent riots in Ferguson, Missouri, in September.
Mr Wilson’s testimony on September 16 runs to 88 pages, during which the officer, who is currently on paid administrative leave, describes in emotive language the events preceding the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.
Mr Brown allegedly said to the officer, “F*** what you have to say.”
Mr Brown, who was around 6ft 4” and weighed roughly 16 stone, moved over to Mr Wilson’s car and began hitting him.
“I felt that another one of those punches in my face could knock me out or worse.
“I mean it was, he’s obviously bigger than I was and stronger”, said Mr Wilson, adding, “I’ve already taken two to the face and … the third one could be fatal if he hit me right.
“Or at least unconscious and then who knows what would have happened to me after that,” he said.
Mr Wilson was taken to hospital after the shooting. He is recorded as having suffered bruising and some scratching to the back of his neck.
In his testimony he says of the injuries to the jury: “It is hard to see on that. It is in that area right there.”
As they were grappling, Mr Wilson claims that Mr Brown took hold of his weapon and said: “You are too much of a p***y to shoot me.”
After the grappling, during which Mr Wilson was in his marked police car and Mr Brown was standing outside, the policeman managed to reach his pistol.
The gun failed to go off twice, before Mr Wilson successfully discharged the weapon.
Immediately afterwards, Mr Wilson described seeing blood on his hand and looking up at Mr Brown who had stepped back from the vehicle.
“And then after he did that, he looked up at me and had the most intense, aggressive face. The only way I can describe it, it looks like a demon, that’s how angry he looked.”
The police officer described Mr Brown moving away from the vehicle and him telling the teen to “get on the ground.”
Mr Wilson said that as Mr Brown turned around he “made like a grunting, like aggravated sound”, before he appeared to reach with his right hand underneath his shirt.
He describes “backpedalling pretty good because I know if he reaches me, he’ll kill me.”
Mr Wilson continued firing, in total letting off six shots that struck Mr Brown.
The teenager was unarmed at the time of the confrontation.
Following the verdict, read out at 8pm last
night, riots erupted in Ferguson.
Reports from the town last night detailed police officers firing rubber bullets and tear gas into the crowds who took the streets to protest the decision not to indict the officer.
(© Independent News Service)