The postmortem was conducted by the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System at the request of the US Department of Justice. Its findings echo the results of previous autopsies, performed by local officials and a private examiner, hired by Brown’s family. Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer, Darren Wilson, on August 9 in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri.
The federal autopsy also confirmed that a close-range discharge of a firearm took place. Earlier, Wilson had told the grand jury that the African-American grabbed his gun while the officer was inside the police car. They struggled resulting in Wilson discharging the weapon. Brown’s blood was found on the firearm, as well as on Wilson’s uniform and inside the vehicle, the International Business Times said.
In November, the grand jury decided not to bring charges against Wilson. The controversial decision led to a wave of nationwide protests against police brutality and unfair sentencing. Wilson resigned from the force late last month.