The circumstances surrounding the shooting of unarmed Ferguson, Mo., teen Michael Brown are still unclear as rumors and conflicting information are rampant in news coverage.
The scarcity of actual facts was compounded Thursday with CNN anchor Don Lemon reporting that the Ferguson officer who gunned down Brown did not, in fact, suffer from a fractured eye socket.
“According to a source close to the investigation, the officer, Darren Wilson, did go to the hospital after the altercation and the shooting death of Michael Brown. He did have X-rays done, he had a swollen face, but the X-rays for a broken or torn eye socket came back negative,” Lemon reported on the network Thursday. “That source says it is not true at all, he did not have a torn eye socket. Unequivocally. He unequivocally denies that.”
On Wednesday, Fox News had reported that one of its sources that was close to department leaders said that Wilson had suffered “severe facial injuries,” including the fractured eye socket.
However, witness video taken shortly after the shooting showed the officer pacing around Brown’s body, seemingly with no obvious injuries.
“I really don’t know if we’re going to know what any of this is, or the truth of it, until it comes out in court,” legal commentator Nancy Grace added, offering her take on the report.
Watch the CNN report below:
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