ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) –
A document filed in a civil lawsuit over former officer Darren Wilson’s fatal shooting of Michael Brown may show contradictions to previous accounts of what happened on August 9, 2014.
The document is referred to as a “request for admissions” and is a regular part of the discovery process in a civil case.
Saint Louis University law professor Marcia McCormick told News 4, “It’s designed to narrow down the issues in dispute in part. It’s also designed to serve later as a check on somebody changing there story once you get to trial.”
The document was filed on December 28, 2016 as part of a civil lawsuit filed by Brown’s parents, Leslie McSpadden and Michael Brown, Sr. against The City of Ferguson, former police chief Tom Jackson and Wilson.
In the document Wilson, admits that he’d been accused of excessive force and of racial discrimination while working as a police officer in Ferguson, and that he had used the “n-word” while referring to African Americans.
In the Department of Justice investigation of Brown’s death, investigators concluded witness accounts that Wilson reached out of his vehicle and grabbed Brown by the neck were inconsistent with physical and forensic evidence. However, Wilson admits in the document to reaching out and grabbing Brown by the forearm.
In the document below, Wilson admits Brown never tried to remove his gun from the holster. In grand jury testimony, Wilson said Brown grabbed his gun and that he feared for his life.
McCormick said attorneys ask very specific questions in a “request for admissions” and that the document doesn’t tell the full story of what happened that day. But if Wilson’s admissions contradict his previous testimony, it could undermine the credibility of his entire version of events.
“Well I think that it does, if he lied about this particular thing which he used to justify his conduct at the time, what else did he lie about,” said McCormick.
The grand jury chose not to indict Wilson and a DOJ investigation cleared him of any civil rights violations.
Read the entire “request for admissions” here: