‘Can I shoot this guy?’ Ferguson officer Wilson breaks silence over Brown's death.

November 26, 2014

In his first interview since shooting Michael Brown, Officer Darren Wilson has defended his behavior, saying he has a “clean conscious” regarding his actions and that he would do the same thing again if he had to.

Wilson also said that, contrary to some witness accounts, there was “no way” Michael Brown had his hands up before he was shot.

During an interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulous, Wilson said he saw Brown walking down the middle of the street, along the yellow line, when he asked him to move over. When he didn’t, the officer said he pulled his car beside him. Describing an altercation that lasted 45 seconds, Wilson explained that he shot Brown six times.

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There is a still a federal investigation underway into whether Wilson violated the teen’s civil rights, but that hasn’t stopped the officer from agreeing to break his silence, and give a national broadcast about his version of what happened that day.

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The interview was an hour and half long and will air in parts. Excerpts show Wilson telling Stephanopoulous of how he went to open his car door and said to Brown, “Hey, come here for a minute.

According to Wilson, Brown said: “Hey, f**k you, and what you going to do about it,” before slamming the door shut. Wilson claims he then used the door to push back at Brown, who also pushed back, and the altercation started.

Wilson described how Brown hit him in the face, stating that punches then began to fly.

He threw the first punch. It hit me on the left side of my face...I don’t know what, how many hit me after that, I just know there was a barrage of swinging and grabbing and pulling for about ten seconds,” said Wilson.

Wilson said he tried to grab Brown’s forearm so he could get out of the car, and realized the immense power the teenager had. “The way I’ve described it is like a five-year-old holding on to Hulk Hogan. That’s how big he was...a very powerful man,” said Wilson.

Wilson said Brown delivered another punch with his left fist to the officer’s right cheek, and that at this point he thought, “How will I survive?” Stephanopoulous asked for more explanation of what he meant by “survive,” and Wilson clarified that he meant survive another hit to the face.

Wilson said he then grabbed his gun, pointed it at Brown and said: “Get back or I’ll shoot you.”

His response immediately was that he grabbed the top of my gun,” Wilson said. “And when he grabbed the top of my gun, he said, ‘You’re too much of a p***** to shoot me.’ And while he’s doing that I can feel his hand trying come over my hand and get inside the trigger guard and try and shoot me with my own gun, that’s when I pulled the trigger for the first time.

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The gun went off but didn’t fire because Brown’s hand was on top of the gun, Wilson explained. It was then fired again with no result, but after the third time Wilson said it went off.

At that time, I gave myself another mental check: Can I shoot this guy? You know? Legally, can I? And the question that I answered myself was, I have to. If I don’t, he will kill me if he gets to me.”

Hundreds of demonstrators gather to protest the day after the Ferguson grand jury decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case November 25, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)

Hundreds of demonstrators gather to protest the day after the Ferguson grand jury decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the Michael Brown case November 25, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP)

Later in the interview, Stephanopoulous asked if there was anything Wilson could have done differently to prevent the killing from happen. Wilson said, “No.”

Stephanopoulous asked if it will be something that haunts him going forward.

I don’t think it’s haunting. It’s always going to be something that happened," Wilson said. "The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right.”


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Comment by Kerry Hay on November 29, 2014 at 7:01pm

This police officer did the only thing he could to protect himself. The teenager was warned to stop attacking the officer through the patrol vehicle, so he was shot dead. The teenager was out looking for trouble by walking down the middle of the street to get the police attention for a confrontation, it's the teenagers fault that he was shot six times, and nobody gets six bullets in him for no reason other then for not dropping his gun when he was told to do so. Good on this police officer for protecting himself and the public from harms-way. He was only doing his duty, so don't hold that against him. If the police officer had been killed in the line of duty the blacks would be laughing instead of rioting and burning down shops, give this officer a medal.


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