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Table of Contents I. Introduction ............................................................................................................................. 4 II. Summary of the Evidence, Investigation, and Applicable Law .............................................. 5 A. Summary of the Evidence.................................................................................................... 5 B. Initial Law Enforcement Investigation ................................................................................ 8 C. Legal Summary .................................................................................................................... 9 1. The Law Governing Uses of Deadly Force by a Law Enforcement Officer ................ 9 i. The Shootings Were Not Objectively Unreasonable Uses of Force Under 18 U.S.C. § 242 ............................................................................................................... 10 ii.Wilson Did Not Willfully Violate Brown’s Constitutional Right to Be Free from Unreasonable Force ........................................................................................... 11 III. Summary of the Evidence .................................................................................................. 12 A. Darren Wilson’s Account .................................................................................................. 12 B. Physical and Forensic Evidence......................................................................................... 16 1. Crime Scene ................................................................................................................ 16 2. Autopsy Findings ........................................................................................................ 17 3. DNA Analysis............................................................................................................. 20 4. Dispatch Recordings ................................................................................................... 21 5. Ballis tics ..................................................................................................................... 23 i.Wilson’s Firearm and Projectiles Fired .................................................................... 23 ii.Projectile Recovered from SUV.............................................................................. 23 ywvutsrponmlihgfedcbaYWVUTSRPONMLJIHGFEDCBAiii.Gunshot Residue on Brown’s Shirt ........................................................................ 23 6. Fingerprints................................................................................................................. 24 7. Audio Recording of Shots Fired................................................................................. 24 8. Wilson’s Medical Records.......................................................................................... 25 9. Brown’s Toxicology ................................................................................................... 25 10. Ferguson Market Surveillance Video......................................................................... 25 C. Witness Accounts ............................................................................................................... 26 1. Witnesses Materially Consistent with Prior Statements, Physical Evidence, and Other Witnesses and Therefore, Give Credible Accounts ................................... 27 2

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