In addition to revealing that Michael Brown was shot at least six times from the front, a source close to the St. Louis County medical examiner says that marijuana was found in the 18-year-old's system.
According to the Washington Post, the anonymous source said Brown had marijuana in his system when he was shot and killed by Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9. Medical examiner Mary Case's findings were submitted to the St. Louis County prosecutor's office on Friday, but have not yet been made public.
The Post notes that protesters have also called for a drug test of Wilson:
In anticipation that Brown could be vilified by the results of the drug test, conducted as a routine part of the autopsy, protesters have consistently insisted that Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown, should be required to submit to one as well.
“What was in the system of that cop when he was pumping bullets into that boy’s body?” asked a protest leader, shouting into a megaphone, during a rally on Friday afternoon.
Furthermore, protesters feel that revealing the alleged presence of marijuana in Brown's system is an attempt to harm his character, as well as fault him for his own death:
Residents and protesters have noted that allegations of marijuana use have been used in the past by some in an attempt to disparage the character of shooting victims, including in the Trayvon Martin case.
Brown's family has requested their own autopsy, and permitted the U.S. military to conduct another one after the Department of Justice called for it yesterday.
[via Washington Post]
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