The results from a second autopsy ordered by the family of Michael Brown, the unarmed Ferguson, Mo., teen who was shot and killed by a police officer Aug. 9, show that there was no struggle between Brown and the officer before he was shot six times, according to Daryl Parks, one of the family’s lawyers.
Parks told reporters during a news conference that the fatal bullet struck the 18-year-old at “the very top of the head,” which Parks believes indicates that Brown was lowering his head in surrender. Parks believes that if the officer, Darren Wilson, shot Brown while he was surrendering, then he should be arrested, Reuters reports via Raw Story.
“His head was in a downward position,” Parks said, according to Reuters. “Given those kind of facts, this officer should have been arrested.”
Federal and local autopsy reports have yet to been released, according to the news service.
Although the details around the shooting remain unclear and there are several versions about what happened that Aug. 9 afternoon, Reuters notes that protesters and the Brown family “have called for the officer’s arrest for days.”
Police refused to release the 28-year-old officer’s name after the shooting, citing concerns over Wilson’s safety and causing some to believe that the Ferguson Police Department was protecting its own. Wilson was put on paid administrative leave, according to Reuters and, according to several reports, is no longer in the St. Louis area.
Since the Aug. 9 shooting, protesters and police have clashed in the streets of Ferguson, causing schools to be closed all week, Reuters reports.
President Barack Obama, who interrupted his Martha’s Vineyard, Mass., vacation, held a press conference Monday and noted that he was sending Attorney General Eric Holder to Ferguson on Wednesday, when Holder is set to meet with the FBI and Justice Department officials, CBS News notes.
A grief-stricken Lesley McSpadden, Brown’s mother, spoke with ABC’s Good Morning America Monday, and while she advocated for peaceful protests, she also noted that peace could be achieved “with justice … arresting this man and making him accountable for his action.”