I speculate as follows.
The Monte Carlo drove from the Market to Canfield Drive's 3000 block, where MC Owner was staying temporarily. MC Owner, a female, got into the driver's seat, and MC Passenger, a male got into the passenger's seat. The Monte Carlo resumed driving east on Canfield Drive toward MC Owner's home on Andros Court in the Northwinds Apartment Complex in order to pick up some stuff and take it back to the home on the 3000 block.
As they drove east on Canfield Drive, they passed Brown and Johnson as they too moved east on foot. They passed Police Officer Darren Wilson as he drove west.
In their rear-view mirrors, MC Passenger and MC Owner saw Wilson stop, back up and block Brown's and Johnson's path. Curious, they made a U-turn and drove back west toward the police vehicle.
Johnson ran away from Wilson's police vehicle, holding two handfuls of cigarillos and laughing. MC Passenger chuckled and asked MC Owner to drive the Monte Carlo very close to the Monte Carlo.
From their initial U-turn distance MC Passenger and MC Owner had been able to see, underneath the police vehicle, Brown's feet moving around on the vehicle's far side. As the Monte Carlo approached closer, however, they no longer could see all the way underneath the police vehicle.
Eventually MC Owner stopped close to Wilson's police drove. She could have driven around the vehicle easily if she had wanted to continue driving west, but she stopped.
Then they heard a gunshot from inside the police vehicle, and suddenly their mood turned serious.
Later, MC Owner and MC Passenger told investigators and the grand jury a (in my opinion) false story.
They said they had followed Wilson to the scene from her home in the Northwinds Apartment Complex. They had to stop when Wilson's police vehicle backed up and blocked Brown's and Johnson's path -- and blocked also the middle of the street. From their close location, MC Owner and MS Passenger were able to see, underneath the police vehicle, Brown's feet moving around on the vehicle's far side.
In fact, they could have driven around Wilson's police vehicle easily.
In fact, they could not see Brown's feet when Monte Carlo was close to the police vehicle.
In his August 22, 2014, interview with a Saint Louis County Police Department detective and an FBI special agent, MC Passenger described the Monte Carlo's route to the scene as beginning from MC Owner's Northwinds home. The Monte Carlo followed Wilson's police vehicle westward on Canfield Drive. When Wilson stopped to admonish Brown and Johnson, the Monte Carlo approached closer to the police vehicle and reduced its speed, but did not stop. Then Wilson backed up the police vehicle and cut off the Monte Carlo's path.
Passenger I was leaving from a young lady's apartment. I guess it was about 11:55 probably. I think it was Northwinds, in the back area. [We] came from that way. It's a side street from where I came, from her house.
An officer came that way, hopped in front of us real quick. We was behind him, so we went down [in speed]. He was up [in speed and] got a fair lead off [from us]. [He] went up [in speed], so we [fell] behind kind of far.
As we [were] approaching him [Wilson], he was talking to Mike and his friend. I guess they didn't comply. So, we kind of slowed down because he had stopped.
FBI SA The police officer had stopped?
Passenger Yeah, stopped, so we kind of slowed up behind him.
I guess they didn't comply [when] he said to stop. I don't know, because I didn't hear it, from being in the back car, not close.
The police backed back, kind of caddy-corner off the yellow line and almost hit Mike.
[Pages 3 - 4]MC Passenger indicated that he and MC Owner saw the police vehicle stopped when the Monte Carlo was passing Canfield Court. When the detective asked Passenger to confirm that fact, Passenger looked at the map again and pointed to the spot where the Monte Carlo stopped close to the police vehicle.
|PV = Police vehicle's final stopping point|
MC Passenger initially indicated that
when he and MC Owner saw the police vehicle stopped,
the Monte Carlo was passing Canfield Court.
At that point, the Monte Carlo slowed down.
Detective So, then you followed that police car, and you're traveling west on Canfield Drive. Are there any cars between you and the police car?
MC Passenger Huh uh [no].
Detective You guys were directly behind the police car?
MC Passenger Right.
Detective About how far back are you?
MC Passenger We's a little distance before we got -- we might have been like this [pointing to the intersection of Canfield Drive and Canfield Court on a photograph].
The way he [Wilson] sped off and got a far lead off, by the time we got there, we just slowed down, because he was already stopped. So, we [were] kind of back here somewhere, and then we just slowed down. .....
Detective You indicated you were at Canfield Court essentially -- this circle drive. Is that fair?
MC Passenger No. See, it's like a sewer right here [pointing to a sewer west of Building 5].
Detective Where did you guys pull to?
MC Passenger We was about right here. The police car hadn't swerved [yet]. It swerved about right there -- backwards.
Detective So, when you guys get to this point right here [pointing to the sewer], you stopped at that point.
MC Passenger Yeah, we stopped. There's where he came back, because we were right there by that sewer.
Detective At the point that you've stopped, has the police car already backed up?
Passenger No. When we got towards it [the police vehicle], they [Brown and Johnson] didn't comply [with Wilson]. Then we had to fully stop, because he [Wilson] swerved back real quick.
[Pages 8 - 11]I speculate that MC Passenger pointed to Canfield Court initially because that was where the Monte Carlo made its U-turn. In any case, he corrected himself and pointed to a sewer far to the west.
In a previous article, I pointed out that an eyewitness, whom I call Stairwell Man, said he saw "the white car turn around in the street". From his location, he was able to see the vicinity of Canfield Court, if that indeed is where the white Monte Carlo turned around.
|Stairwell Man was able to see Canfield Court, and|
he said he saw "the white car turn around in the street".
He was not asked to specify where it turned around.
The following series of photographs show the sewer where MC Passenger said that the Monte Carlo stopped before the police vehicle backed up. MC Passenger said that the Monte Carlo remained in that spot until the first gunshot, after which the Monte Carlo backed up four or five feet.
In several of the following photographs, you can see clearly:
1) When the Monte Carlo was parked near the sewer, MC Owner and MC Passenger could not have seen, underneath the police vehicle, Brown's feet on the vehicle's far side.
2) The Monte Carlo could have driven around the police vehicle easily.
Of course, the Monte Carlo's occupants could not see, underneath the police vehicle, Brown's feet moving around. If there is any truth in that claim, Brown's feet would have been visible only when the Monte Carlo was much farther away.
Relevant excerpts from Passenger's testimony to the grand jury on September 25 follow:
Passenger He [Wilson] got up to the Canfield street. He got a little further off, going a little faster. We coming in behind.
[We] almost got right behind him, because he had confronted Mike Brown and his friend Dorian.
Prosecutor He confronted Mike Brown and Dorian -- where on the map?
Passenger It is somewhere right here [pointing to an overhead photograph in the courtroom]. That [pointing elsewhere] is where we are coming down.
Mike Brown kind of looked back, and both of them kept walking.
That's when he [Wilson] came back real fast -- Officer Wilson -- and kind of catty-corner. The [police] car almost hit Mike Brown, and [Brown] jump back.
That's when we were actually behind the police car -- the Monte Carlo.
Prosecutor So, where would you have been -- the Monte Carlo?
Passenger I know we was right here, by this sewer -- a little bit in front of the [parking lot] entrance right here.
Prosecutor Could you pass the [police] car, the police truck? Could you pass it?
Prosecutor So you were blocked ... behind the police car?
After that, I couldn't see because it's a tinted window on the back of the truck. Somehow Mike Brown ended up by the window [on the] driver's side. So the only thing I could see is, under the car. .... From then I was just like seeing Mike Brown feet under the car ... just moving back and forth, and truck starts shaking two or three different times.
[Pages 157 - 159]In fact, the Monte Carlo could have driven around the police car easily. The Monte Carlo stopped not because it was blocked, but rather because MC Owner and MC Passenger wanted to listen to what was going on between Brown and Wilson after Johnson ran away.
MC Owner told the grand jury (page 104) that her Monte Carlo was a 1999 model.
Here is a photograph of a Monte Carlo manufactured in 1999.
Notice the occupants' height above the ground and the vehicle's width.
The following two photographs show that an SUV -- much wider than a Monte Carlo -- could drive around Wilson's car.
|An SUV was able to drive around|
the police vehicle's final position.
The Monte Carlo was much narrower.
|The curb was sloped and not an obstacle for the Monte Carlo.|
|MC Owner and MC Passenger said they could not drive|
their Monte Carlo between the police vehicle and the sloped curb.
They said they could see, underneath the police vehicle, Brown's feet
moving around on the vehicle's far side.