Breaking News: Michael Brown Was Shot “In Broad Daylight.”

by GREGORY D. LEE September 1, 2014

On the August 25, 2014 edition of ABC World News Tonight, Dianne Sawyer opened the broadcast with the funeral of Michael Brown, whom she described as an unarmed teenager killed by a Ferguson, MO police officer "in broad daylight."

In broad daylight? What is she insinuating? To me, it was a direct swipe at Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer responsible for shooting Brown. Dianne Sawyer, like her other media colleagues, have no idea if Officer Wilson's actions were justified or not; yet, she was quick to forward her agenda that Brown was the victim of an unlawful police killing simply because he was black.

"In broad daylight" implies that Officer Wilson was so brazen as to shoot an innocent, unarmed black teenager in the light of day, as opposed to waiting for nightfall to cover his crimes. That's outrageous! The FBI and local police investigations haven't even been completed, and the media are ready to walk the evil Officer Wilson to the gallows.

The media was offended that the Ferguson police chief released a surveillance video of the 6' 4", 300-pounder manhandling a frail looking store clerk as he walked out the door of a convenience store with a box of Swisher Sweets cigars. The video made it clear that the media's depiction of Brown as a "gentle giant," eager college bound student on his way to his grandmother's house was completely false. What the video did, however, was reveal Brown's mindset when a few minutes later when he was confronted by Officer Wilson. He knew he was wanted for a strong arm robbery, Officer Wilson reportedly did not. It's irrelevant if Officer Wilson knew Brown was a suspect in the fresh robbery or not. What's relevant is that Brown knew he had just committed a strong arm robbery.

Instead of confronting Brown to investigate his involvement in the robbery, Officer Wilson directed him and his friend, Dorain Johnson, to get out of the street they were walking on, and to get on the sidewalk. If Officer Wilson thought Brown and Johnson were involved in a recently committed strong arm robbery, he'd have probably called for additional units to assist him before confronting, and possibly arresting, Brown and Johnson. What apparently happened was that a physical altercation occurred when Brown allegedly punched Officer Wilson and attempted to disarm him.

The medium build Officer Wilson was suddenly, and without provocation as far as he knew, attacked by a large young man who had a friend with him who might assist Brown. Now he's thinking it's two against one. It's unclear what happened next that prompted Officer Wilson to shoot Brown, However, three autopsies later, it was proven that Brown was not shot in the back, as Johnson maintained. Also, based on the gunshot wounds suffered by Brown, it's also highly unlikely Brown had his hands up in a surrender jester. The marijuana reportedly found in Brown's system probably added to his bizarre behavior.

The fact is that Officer Wilson's facial injuries inflicted by Brown required a short hospitalization. So it would be highly inaccurate to depict him as a cold blooded killer who shot poor unarmed Michael Brown "in broad daylight," as Diane Sawyer told her audience. Brown may not have been armed with a weapon, but he did have two very large arms he used to pummel Officer Wilson.

It's interesting to note that on August 11, 2014, three Salt Lake City, Utah police officers, at least one of which was described as "non-white," shot to death a young white man who met the description of someone waving a gun around at a 7-11 store. Police did not find a weapon on the victim who wore headphones listening to music and probably didn't hear police commands to stop. This almost parallel event was completely ignored by Dianne Sawyer and her national media buddies.

The death of the white, 20-year old Dillon Taylor, at the hands of the Salt Lake City police, didn't further the media's agenda that black men are gunned down wholesale by white police officers - whether or not it was committed in broad daylight.   

Family Security Matters Contributing Editor Gregory D. Lee is a retired Supervisory Special Agent for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the author of three criminal justice textbooks. While on DEA diplomatic assignment in Pakistan, he was involved in the investigation of several notable terrorism events and arrests. He recently retired after more than 39 years of active and reserve service from the U.S. Army Reserve as a Chief Warrant Officer Five Special Agent for the Criminal Investigation Division Command, better known as CID. In 2011 he completed a combat tour of duty in Afghanistan while on special assignment to the Special Operations Command Europe. Visit his website at and contact him at

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