Michael Brown

Thoughts and Questions on Ferguson, MO

The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO has grabbed and the attention of the entire nation. Everywhere you look people are sharing conflicting facts and polarizing opinions. While factors such as race relations, poverty, and discrimination are at play the fact remains that Michael Brown was shot and killed. The most alarming part of the shooting death is the discrepancies between the witness accounts and the autopsy results.

From the perspective of a criminal defense lawyer, Attorney Matthew Meyer brings to light some questions the initial autopsy has raised:

“I’m more concerned about this incident now that the preliminary autopsy was conducted.  Specifically, it’s concerning that a 6-foot-4 individual was shot through the top of his skull. Dr. Michael Baden, the former New York City chief medical examiner, indicated that Brown’s head would have been facing downward in order to suffer an injury such as that. That’s a concerning injury for an individual to suffer at the hands of police. It’s very difficult for me to understand how an individual, while facing downwards, is able to resist officers as is claimed by the police. It’s even more difficult for me to understand how officers believed deadly force was appropriate while Mr. Brown was facing downwards.

The Due Process Clause acts as a safeguard from arbitrary denial of life, liberty, or property by the Government outside the sanction of law.  Our constitution does not allow officers to take justice into their own hands and kill an individual.  We’re all provided certain protections as citizens, and justice must be administered in courts, not the streets.”