Which leads to the natural question: “why wasn’t he arrested” ?
MISSOURI – Dorian Johnson, the friend of Michael Brown who claims he witnessed the police shooting death of the 18-year-old in Ferguson, Missouri, has an outstanding arrest warrant for theft, according to authorities.
Barbara Schaffer, court clerk for the Municipal Court of Jefferson City, confirmed to WND there is a warrant for Johnson’s arrest for a 2011 incident. Johnson was arrested June 24, 2011, and a trial was set for July 31, 2013, but he did not appear in court, authorities said.
According to the arrest report, obtained by WND, Dorian J. Johnson, 22, was arrested June 24, 2011, by Jefferson City, Missouri, police after a report of a suspect walking away from an apartment with a package that contained a backpack. Police reported Johnson lied to them about his identity.
In an interview with WND, Johnson’s attorney, former St. Louis Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr., acknowledged his client had been arrested in Jefferson City for theft of a parcel.
Bosley insisted the case was “resolved.”
“He was held in jail in St. Louis for 14 days, waiting on Cole County to come get him, based on the warrant,” Bosley said. “They never came, so the city let him go.”
But Schaffer said there is an order for Johnson’s extradition if he is arrested within a 50-mile radius of Jefferson City. Ferguson, a St. Louis suburb, is more than 100 miles from Jefferson City.
Bosley also acknowledged Johnson was with Brown at a convenience store shortly before the Aug. 9 shooting in Ferguson, where authorities revealed today they suspect Brown of a “strong-arm” robbery of cigars.
Bosley contends Johnson’s account of the shooting, accusing the officer of killing an unarmed man with no justification, is credible.
“I think that we have been able to tell our story – we have been consistent. People try to twist words, but I think he is still consistent,” he said.
The lawyer said he and Johnson met Monday with the Department of Justice, the county prosecutor and others, “and we told them everything,” including the robbery at the convenience store.
“They knew three days ago about Big Mike and my client and the cigarillos,” Bosley said.
The lawyer explained Johnson is a federal witness “so he cannot be talked to, incited, harassed in any way.”
“But he is scared and very stressed. Everybody is extremely stressed,” Bosley said. “Dorian had to leave his apartment; he has no place to stay now. He has a lady friend, and they have a 4-month-old baby.”
Regarding the convenience store robbery, Bosley said he and Brown were in the store, and Brown handed him a box.
“Dorian told Big Mike, ‘I don’t steal,’ and he put it back on the counter.”
Larceny, false identification
The police report of the 2011 theft for which Johnson was arrested, said the suspect abandoned the box that contained the backpack near a YMCA and then went inside. Police identified Johnson based on surveillance videos and approached him in the facility.
He identified himself as “Derrick” but later was found to be Dorian J. Johnson. He was charged with larceny, with an added count for the false identification.
Officers also reported he falsely claimed he was 16 years old – he was 19 at the time – and hid an ID card in his sock. (read more)