Slain Teen Michael Brown Had Weed In System, Source Says

By Shawn Dwyer 08/18/14

A person speaking on condition of anonymity said the unarmed Ferguson youth who was shot multiple times by Officer Darren Wilson smoked pot.

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In an all-too-familiar development, Michael Brown, the 18-year-old African-American man who was shot dead by Ferguson, Mo. police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, allegedly had marijuana in his system at the time he was killed.

The information was leaked by a person speaking on condition of anonymity due to the ongoing investigation into Brown's death. But St. Louis County medical examiner, Mary Case, did confirm that Brown was shot multiple times in the head and chest. The preliminary results were consistent with the Brown family's own autopsy, which was conducted by certified physician Michael Baden.

Brown's death sparked outrage and protests that turned violent thanks in part to militarized police decked out in full-body armor driving tanks and firing tear gas. Many of those protesters anticipated Brown being vilified by the results of a drug test if it came back positive.

“What was in the system of that cop when he was pumping bullets into that boy’s body?” said one protest leader last Friday afternoon. Protesters demanded that Wilson submit to a drug test as well.

Benjamin Crump, attorney for the Brown family, said that he was unaware of any marijuana being found in Brown's body. Meanwhile, the Brown family gave permission to the Justice Department to conduct a third autopsy for its own separate investigation.

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