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Report: Ferguson officer says he feared for life

2 years 7 months 1 week ago October 18, 2014 Oct 18, 2014 Saturday, October 18 2014 October 18, 2014 11:47 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

WASHINGTON - An attorney for the family of an unarmed black 18-year-old who was fatally shot by a white police officer in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri, says the officer's account of what happened is "self-serving."

Benjamin Crump told The Associated Press on Saturday that Darren Wilson will say "whatever he has to say to try to justify" the Aug. 9 killing of Michael Brown.

His comments came one day after The New York Times reported that Wilson told investigators he was pinned in his vehicle and afraid for his life as they struggled over his gun. The Times interviewed government officials briefed on the federal civil rights investigation.

The killing sparked racial unrest and weeks of protests.

Wilson's attorney, James P. Towey, didn't immediately respond to an email.

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