This is just one small part of Darren Wilson’s testimony before the grand jury. He testified that he asked Michael Brown to come over to this car. As the officer started to exit the vehicle Brown pushed the car door back against him and started to punch him in face through the open window. Apparently, the grand jury believed this testimony. It is also corroborated by other evidence, such as the bruises on Officer Wilson’s face and the location of bullet holes in Michael Brown’s body.
Being trapped in a car while an attacker is punching you through an open window is a dangerous situation because the interior of the car imposes restrictions on your movement. If the assailant has a gun or a knife the car becomes a death trap. Even without a weapon the assailant has a huge advantage over the victim, especially where the assailant is agile and physically strong, as was Michael Brown. The only thing a victim can hope to do is drive the car out of the scene, but if the way is blocked or the assailant has such control over the victim that he can’t operate the car’s controls he is in serious danger without the ability to defend himself. It’s the perfect situation where a firearm may be the only thing that will save you. It’s the disparity of force favoring the assailant that justifies the use of deadly force by the victim in response.
Every member of the grand jury could probably have imagined this sort of a scenario, and identified with how deadly it could be for the person trapped in the vehicle. Certainly any member of a trial jury would sympathize with the officer if they believed this is what happened.
If Darren Wilson had been indicted, under Missouri law the prosecutor would have needed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that things did not happen the way the officer described it. That probably would have been impossible given Wilson’s testimony and the corroborating evidence.
The media cannot ever say Michael Brown’s name without mention that he was “unarmed.” This is very misleading. Brown was young, healthy, strong and big. He had two hands and two feet that he could use as deadly weapons. He may not have had a gun or a knife or a baseball bat, but he had an added advantage over a person trapped in a car. He possessed the ability to inflict death or serious bodily injury on officer Wilson. Having the officer at a disadvantage gave Brown the opportunity to carry out his deadly intent, placing wilson in grave jeopardy. He had every right to defend himself.