August 18th, 2014
09:15 AM ET

Witness: 'God Bless His Soul, Police Shot This Boy Outside My Apartment'

Piaget Crenshaw is a Ferguson, Missouri, resident now – but she moved from Jennings about a month before the shooting of Michael Brown.

Crenshaw told CNN's Michaela Pereira she witnessed the incident from her apartment and recorded video of the scene immediately following the shooting.

"I had just moved there out of my parents home," she said.

"To see something like this outside of my window ... it’s just, traumatizing."

Crenshaw said Brown was running away from police and then turned around. She said that was when Brown was shot.

But police have given a different narrative, saying Brown struggled with the officer and reached for his weapon.

On Monday, the preliminary results of an autopsy that Michael Brown's family requested was released, showing the teen was shot at least six times.

In the video, you can hear Crenshaw's emotional response to what she had just seen.

"God bless his soul," she said.  "Police shot this boy outside my apartment."



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  1. Anthony Alfidi

    Ferguson is a bellwether. Understanding police militarization in America begins with a cost-benefit analysis of DOD 1033 Program materiel. Results will differ by municipality:

    August 19, 2014 at 5:57 pm | Reply
  2. me

    If there was a gun where is it?

    August 18, 2014 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  3. Earl McGee

    In my 20 years as a Police Officer, I can safely say,"I have NEVER tried to Pull an extremely large suspect into my vehicle!" Anyone who believes that any Police Officer whould do so, is an idiot!
    Should this officer have shot this man? I don'y know; I was not there!
    Could this have been avoided? Of course; comply with the officer and stop.
    IF the suspect did in fact reach for the officers weapon, that is a "Game changer"! His intent, at that point, is far beyond resisting!
    Should he have been shot 6-8 times? Again, I was not there! Someone that large taking an aggressive posture, trying to overpower an officer, and trying to take his weapon; is dangerous.

    August 18, 2014 at 10:40 am | Reply

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