New Michael Brown witnesses: ‘He had his hands up!’ (VIDEO)

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FERGUSON, Mo — 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.

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.

Analysts debate video’s impact

CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin says the video could play an important role in the case.

“You have practically in real time someone discussing what they saw, and that’s just good evidence,” he said on CNN’s “AC360.”

Sunny Hostin, a CNN legal analyst and former federal prosecutor, says it’s important to note that several witnesses are telling the same story.

“They’re saying that he was running from the police officer and that his hands were up,” she said. “I don’t know what other witness testimony at this point or account we have to hear. The bottom line is having your hands up is the universal sign for surrender.”

Neil Bruntrager, general counsel for the St. Louis Police Officers Association, cautioned against rushing to judgment. Witness accounts are important, he said, but need to be evaluated with all the evidence.

“I’m not saying disregard them. I’m saying that we will judge their credibility by all of the evidence, not by one statement, and certainly not by a 15-second video clip,” he said.

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13 comments

  • Bob

    These guys are full of BS. They have repeatedly said “we didn’t see anything. We heard gunshots and then looked” By that time the incident was over. In their own words it was impossible for them to see Brown with his hands up since they say – repeatedly that they did not look until after the gunshots.

    Looks like we have 2 guys trying to earn some fame and a fast buck at the cost of a young mans life. Pathetic.

    And why wait…

    • Mr. Mister

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    • sifu

      …and when your unarmed imperfect college bound son is gun down then what? Hateful fools like you need your own planet i.e. saturn. By the way thugs and animals dont finish high school and go to college.

  • Dan Barthel

    Hey Bob, they said that they didn’t see how the confrontation started. They “did” see the cop shoot at Michael while he was running away and his back was to the cop. They also said that they “did see” that Michael’s hands were in the air and they “did see” him hit in the head. The story goes on to say that witnesses saw Michael assault the cop and go for his gun; and other witnesses said Michael was the aggressor. That is a bunch of crap. No witnesses said any such thing. The cop said that and no one else. CNN needs to get their facts straight.

    • Tip

      And all report show he won’t shot in the back and he just robbed a store. He at that point became a criminal. Also they have reports that the office had to go to hospital because his face was beaten . So I guess the cop beat his self right. Nope he knew he was caught and tried to get away from the cop beat him and the cop then felt threaten

  • Bob

    Dan Barthel and most of the reports show he was not shot in the back. So if there saying he was there telling as much BS as them two girls that said they seen everything. I also have seen video of a guy running outside right after it happen and you hear a guy in the background that seen the whole thing and gives the story of what he saw. He says ” he was just running at the police ” and goes on to say “I thought the police was missing because he keep coming at the police” So this is only one side of the story.

  • Wali Luqman

    The truth must come to the light. The only thing that bothers me is that our senators can all speak out against Ray Rice and what he did wrong, but none of these senators have taken out time to publicly speak out against this clear vision of injustice. Please tell me when will the value of the African American males life be valued and appreciated when we’re in the right. Just as we are condemned and judged when we’re in the wrong. #stopamericascovertassisinationoftheAfricanAmericanmales.

  • sifu

    Whats sad is how ignorant kkk’s post their filth on here. The fact is a young man headed to college was shot 6 times while unarmed 25 feet away. Once shot in the back and at some point had his hands up before stumbling multiple feet forward. The officer was unaware he had just committed a theft he was telling them to get on the sidewalk and the rest is history. Consider this… if a black officer shot a white kid who was on his way to college there would be no debate from hateful racists even if he had a criminal record and a gun which michael had neither. That black officer would be crucified by the media and bigoted white america. There have been far to many unarmed black boys killed the nation is angry not just blacks in fact other nations are appalled at america. I am appreciative of of my several white friends students and those on this site who are not racists they are the majority as for the groups of hateful evil people unfortunately for all of us there are groups of whites who are an embarassment to our country who hate other humans of darker pigment… as if the only people with flaws have pigment and are worthless members of society as if jeffrey daumer ted bundy charles manson hitler and the like are awesome examples of humanity… heres a list for you michael jordan denzel w.ashington oprah danny glover morgan freeman lawrence fishburne frederick douglass MLK lebron j the countless other Spanish black asian and native americans who are lawyers police officers engineers teachers and even myself a law officer and martial arts instructor there are low lifes in every race however i digress young men headed to college white or black are not low lifes and do not deserve to be murdered this black murder trend need to stop now!

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