AirTalk for August 18, 2014

Missouri calls up National Guard to Ferguson

Family, Medical Examiner Discuss Autopsy Results In Brown Ferguson Shooting

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Family attorney for Michael Brown, Daryl Parks, points to an autopsy diagram showing where the gun shots hit Michael Brown during a press conference at the Greater St. Marks Family Church on August 18, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Unarmed teenager Michael Brown was shot and killed by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th.

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon has activated the National Guard in an attempt to restore order in Ferguson after a week of protests, including some violence and looting.

The weekend culminated in molotov cocktails, tear gas and civilian shootings on the streets, and off the streets the publication of an autopsy report showing Michael Brown was shot 6 times -- twice in the head -- by a Ferguson police officer.

The independent autopsy was ordered by Brown's family and conducted by the former chief medical examiner for New York City, Dr. Michael M. Baden. The U.S. Department of Justice will conduct its own autopsy of Brown. Eyewitness accounts vary of events leading up the shooting.

How will the National Guard change the policing on the streets of Ferguson? What can the public discern from Dr. Baden's autopsy report?

Guests:

Eugene O’Donnell, Professor of law and police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; former NYPD officer; former prosecutor in Kings County (Brooklyn)

Laurie Levenson, Professor of Law, Loyola Law School

 


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