Report: Several Black Witnesses Largely Back Up Officer's Account Of Michael Brown Shooting

10/22/2014 03:39 pm ET | Updated Oct 23, 2014

Over a half-dozen black witnesses who have testified before a grand jury deciding whether to indict the police officer who killed Michael Brown have provided testimony that "largely supports" Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson’s account of events, The Washington Post reported on Wednesday.

Sources told The Washington Post that seven or eight black witnesses gave testimony before the grand jury that was "consistent" with Wilson's account, but that none have spoken out publicly about what they witnessed because they fear for their safety.

Many of the witnesses to Brown's death who have come forward have told the same basic story about Brown's final moments, saying that Brown was attempting to surrender and had his hands in the air when the officer fired the fatal shots. But there have been a string of recent leaks of information that backs up Wilson's account of the confrontation.

The New York Times reported that forensic evidence showed that Brown's blood was on the gun and that other evidence was consistent with Wilson's account of the shooting, and The St. Louis Post-Dispatch obtained an autopsy of Brown that also indicates he may have struggled with the officer for control of his weapon while the officer was still in the vehicle.

Many protesters in Ferguson believe that the recent leaks are designed to prepare the public if the grand jury ultimately decides not to indict Wilson.

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