New Michael Brown shooting witnesses describe scene

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(CNN) — Two men, shocked at what they saw, describe an unarmed teenager with his hands up in the air as he’s gunned down by a police officer.

They were contractors doing construction work in Ferguson, Missouri, on the day Michael Brown was killed.

And the men, who asked not to be identified after CNN contacted them, said they were about 50 feet away from Officer Darren Wilson when he opened fire.

An exclusive cell phone video captures their reactions during the moments just after the shooting.

“He had his f**n hands up,” one of the men says in the video.

The man told CNN he heard one gunshot, then another shot about 30 seconds later.

“The cop didn’t say get on the ground. He just kept shooting,” the man said.

That same witness described the gruesome scene, saying he saw Brown’s “brains come out of his head,” again stating, “his hands were up.”

The video shows the man raising his arms in the air — just as, he says, Brown was doing when he was shot.

The other contractor told CNN he saw Brown running away from a police car.

Brown “put his hands up,” the construction worker said, and “the officer was chasing him.”

The contractor says he saw Wilson fire a shot at Brown while his back was turned.

The men said they didn’t seen how the confrontation started.

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Other witnesses also said teen’s arms were raised

The video, recorded several minutes after the shooting, gives new insight into the case, which has spurred a Justice Department investigation, national debate and protests over authorities’ handling of the case.

The construction workers said they don’t live in Ferguson and don’t know the Brown family, but their account squares with accounts from several other witnesses of the unarmed African-American teen’s shooting death on August 9.

Some witnesses say the teenager assaulted the white officer at the outset and tried to grab his gun; other witnesses say Wilson was the aggressor.

A private autopsy conducted for the Brown family showed that Brown had been shot at least six times, including twice in the head.

A grand jury is hearing the case and will determine whether Wilson will face any charges.

Protesters near Interstate 70 and outside the police headquarters on Wednesday, pushing for Gov. Jay Nixon to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Brown’s death.

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4 comments

  • DC

    So this video was taken long AFTER the shooting was over because a different cop is putting up crime scene tape. We KNOW that rumors were going around that he “had his hands up” and that he was “shot in the back”. None of these are true according to the autopsy. Bottom line is that Brown DID attack the officer and tried to get his gun.

  • rob

    But a story about a cop defending himself & doing his job ISN’T news. Now if we play it up from a racist/innocent little teenage boy angle , that’ll get viewers & sell papers. Does anyone honestly think the media is incapable of sensationalizing the stories of THEIR chosing to garner viewer/readership ? They are in business to MAKE MONEY , not inform. So a video ( RE-CREATION ) made by a couple of blacks ( of COURSE ) over a month after the fact, is news ?

  • douglasjohnson1959

    For all of you that don’t know why the Michael Brown
    movement came to be.In your mind you think because
    an unharmed black youth was killed is the reason.
    Wrong It started because of police brutality after he
    was killed and this video shows who started it and
    why before you all show how racist you are look at the
    video because this can happen to you as well remember
    sandy hook.This video shows where and why Hands Up
    Don`t Shoot came to life
    And why it is said all over the world Today.