Nearly two weeks after the fatal shooting of Michael Brown the police report has finally been made public.
Since the fatal shooting of the unarmed Ferguson teen people around the country have been speculating why authorities refused to release the report. Now that it has finally been released, people are noticing the glaring lack of details in the report, increasing criticism that law-enforcement is covering for officer Darren Wilson.
The incident report, filed by the St. Louis County police department, contains no new information on what exactly occurred between Brown and Wilson. There are no written details about the event in the actual report. As a result, the officer’s account of what transpired when the two men met that day still remains a mystery.
According to Brian Schellman, a spokesman for the St. Louis County police department, it could remain that way for some time. Schellman says the department doesn’t intend to release the “investigative” component of the report that details Wilson’s side of the story.
“We will not release it,” said Schellman, who noted that this is the county’s normal procedure. “This isn’t any different than a typical larceny from a local convenience store.”
Under the Missouri State “Sunshine” Law, the department is not required to release information during a pending investigation.
Initially, Wilson never filed a report on the incident. The case was quickly turned over to the county at the request of local police. St. Louis County police entered the incident report on Aug. 19, 10 days after the fatal shooting. The following morning it was approved for release.
The report classifies the potential offense as a “homicide.” You can read the full report here.