Nearly one week after murdering 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the name of the police officer involved in the shooting will finally be revealed.
In an odd move to “protect” an officer who killed an unarmed teenager, the Ferguson police and district attorney have withheld the officer’s name. The maneuver was strange considering that police who are involved in crimes are listed in public records.
However, one of the witnesses to the murder gave a brief description of the police officer involved in the shooting. During an interview with MSNBC, Tiffany Mitchell said she watched as a “tall white man” stepped out a police car and shot Brown in the back and several more times after he turned around with his hands in the air.
Police have suggested that the cop was bruised in a tussle with Brown, but Mitchell says the police officer shot Brown who never appeared to be a threat.
Although the evidence and testimony should cause the D.A. to charge the officer with first degree murder, the officer has not been arrested.
The hacker group, Anonymous, released a name of the shooter that was later denied by the Ferguson police. But the failure to release the shooter’s name has caused some to wrongly speculate and spread false information.
In the upcoming days, the shooter could face federal charges of murder and violating the civil rights of Michael Brown. The U.S Justice Department is questioning witnesses to the shooting.