If, as Benjamin Crump has declared, a shot to the top of the head is evidence of “execution” then U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has some explaining to do…
Major Hat Tip to Treeper ‘Legion of One’ who remembered a recent FBI shooting with considerable familiarity to the current shooting death of Mike Brown.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder seems quite attached to persuing a civil rights investigation into the shooting death of Mike Brown. Part of his investigative reasoning revolves around accusations from the Brown family attorney’s Benjamin Crump and Daryl Parks.
The family attorney’s are claiming that 6’4″, 300lb, 18-year-old, “Big Mike” Brown was “executed”. To support their claim they point to a recent autopsy they commissioned, and information they released, which reflects “Big Mike” Brown was shot six times, and one of those shots was to the top of his head.
According to Daryl Parks and Benjamin Crump there is no way such a shot could be received if Officer Darren Wilson was simply shooting from a distance in self defense.
However, we’ve discovered a recent incident that could wipe out that claim entirely.
Ironically, an incident General Eric Holder should have much recent familiarity with.
With the Parks and Crump accusations in mind, and with the FBI investigation ongoing, we’d like to bring a recently released shooting investigation to your attention. We are 100% certain the profile of this comparative case is well known by Attorney General Eric Holder.
How similar might the shooting cases be? So similar, the investigative autopsy finding outlined the following passage (emphasis mine):
[…] One projectile entered the top of the head, passed through the brain and the base of the skull. It was recovered. Three projectiles entered the back; one exited and two were recovered in the body. Two projectiles passed through the left upper arm and re-entered the left chest. An additional projectile also entered the left chest. (link)
For those following the Mike Brown shooting the similarity is eerie.
According to the released autopsy Mike Brown was shot six times. In the citation above seven shots hit the body. And other than the three shots to the back, that paragraph might easily be mistaken as a quote directly from the autopsy of Mike Brown; it wasn’t.
We are 100% certain Eric Holder is familiar with it because for this autopsy FBI agents were the shooters, and the subject shot was Ibragim Todashev.
The autopsy report partially outlined above was actually the autopsy of Igragim Todashev; a Florida resident connected to the Boston bombers:
Ibragim Todashev was a Chechen American former mixed martial artist and a friend of suspected Boston Marathon bomber and former amateur boxer, Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
During questioning at his apartment in Orlando, Florida, he was shot dead by FBI agent Aaron McFarlane on May 22, 2013. Todashev allegedly attacked the agent, with a pipe resembling a broomstick, while writing a statement about the Boston Marathon bombings and a triple homicide that took place in Waltham, Massachusetts on September 11, 2011. (paraphrased from Wiki)
The Todashev shooting elicited a considerable amount of controversy partly because: there were several agents and law enforcement in the apartment, Todashev was not armed with a gun, and yet during questioning he was shot seven times, and killed. Additionally:
The shot that entered at the top of the skull as well as the ones that penetrated through Todashev’s back were highly atypical of shootings carried out in self-defense.
Ongoing interest, and considerable controversy in the incident, was in part caused by the FBI’s suspicious behavior in the aftermath of the shooting. The agency offered no official version of events and prevented a medical examiner from releasing the autopsy to the public, even as anonymous law-enforcement sources gave wildly conflicting accounts of what happened. The federal government also aggressively deported the dead man’s acquaintances.
The FBI began a civil rights investigation into the shooting, and the claims by the officers/agents that they responded to protect themselves from a lunging Todashev. As a result of the investigations several reports were generated:
DOJ Civil Rights Division 16 Page Report
A 161 Page Florida State Attorney General Report
And A 5 page Summary of the Florida Report
It is important to understand the narrow scope of these investigative efforts: they concern not whether the FBI and Massachusetts State Police acted wisely, appropriately, or negligently on the night in question, but whether those present are criminally liable.
Both reports concluded the killing occurred with the agent acting in self-defense, and find insufficient evidence to justify any criminal charges or additional investigation of the shooting.
But here’s the relevant aspect to the actual shot pattern, paying attention to the head shot, as the officers were being physically assaulted by an aggressive Todashev as he lunged forward. And note there were two shot volleys; again similarity from witness accounts in the Mike Brown shooting:
… two of the wounds that form the second pattern, one to the crown of the left side of the head and the other to the top of the left shoulder—both with an extreme downward trajectory—are consistent with the Assisting Trooper’s account that Todashev was shot with a second volley, after he had fallen down, regained his footing, and lunged at the trooper at an approximately 45 degree angle.
The medical examiners further supported this inference by their observation that those two wounds could “likely” have occurred when Todashev was “falling.”
It is a fair inference that a body could be at a 45 degree angle to the ground both when it is falling as well as when rising.
Finally, the two entry wounds to the back—with a much less extreme downward trajectory angle—are consistent with the Assisting Trooper’s observation that Todashev’s body was twisting around as he was shot and fell, thus striking him in the back. The medical examiners further observed that those two wounds could “likely” have occurred as Todashev was twisting his body.
There were three or four shots in the first volley, and three or four in the second volley, for a total of seven shots. The DOJ report declares that the physical evidence is consistent with this account of events given by the state trooper and the FBI agent.
The shooting was cleared and the “atypical” gunshot wound to the head was pronounced to be as a result of the “lunging” or “rushing” Todashev.
Perhaps Mr. Eric Holder would be kind enough to call Daryl Parks and Benjamin Crump and let them know the gun shot’s they are emphatically claiming as evidence of “execution”, are actually reconcilable given a recent FBI case of similar disposition.
Then again, such toning down the rhetoric would only apply if AG Holder was factually committed to reasonable investigative pause, prior to prosecution and speculative claims.