Brown charged a considerable distance before that first blood drop hit the street, but the Justice Department preferred to omit any such consideration -- preferred to create a false impression that Brown charged perhaps only 21.6 feet (about 7 yards).
The charge-beginning spot was discussed but not specified clearly either in the grand-jury documents that were released to the public. The police investigators told the grand jury that Brown began charging from the the northwest corner (page 32) of Canfield Drive and Coppercreek Court and that the distance from that corner to Brown's body was 16 yards (48 feet) (page 89).
The grand jury transcripts (pages 31-33) record that a police detective told the grand jury that such a point was confirmed by multiple eyewitnesses:
Prosecutor:Grand Jury Exhibit 105 has not been released to the public, but two documents indicate that police investigators set a "baseline" at the southwest point of the intersection of Canfield Drive and Copper Creek Court. The cone's location seems to be the one in this unofficial photograph:
Next board I’m going to mark [as] Grand Jury Exhibit 105. …. And why is it that this cone was placed at that location on Canfield Drive ...?
As best we could tell based off of witness accounts, that would have been the furthest point east that Michael Brown would have went to. So that intersection of roughly Coppercreek Court and Canfield Drive. ….
… is this the point where he stopped in the roadway and turned?
Yes, ma’am. We are basing that off of witness statements as best we could tell. That was the point that they had made reference to and so we used that as the furthest eastern point to go to.
|This cone seems to be the one mentioned in regard to Grand Jury's Exhibit 105,|
but this is not that exhibit, and the annotations are not official.
(I have lost my reference to the photo's source.)
|The grand-jury documents indicate that Brown charged according to the blue arrow,|
a distance of about 16 yards.
Those three witnesses were watched the event from the balcony in this photograph's upper-right corner.
page 17), and Visiting Brother indicated that the spot was near the intersection's street sign (page 91). Based on those and other remarks from the three balcony witnesses, I have marked the spot on the below photograph.
|Visiting Sister-in-Law said that Brown began his|
charge from the east side of Copper Creek Court
Visiting Brother said that Brown began his
charge near a street sign.
Accordingly, I have placed a red dot near
the spot where Brown began his charge.
The below photograph indicates Brown's charge -- I estimate about 25 yards -- from that spot.
|The three balcony witnesses indicated that Brown began his charge from|
Copper Creek Court's east side, near the street sign.
Question: You indicated the grassy portion to the east of Copper Creek Court. Is that correct?
Visiting Sister-in-Law: Yes .... and then he [Brown] stopped and he turned around.
(Pages 16-17; emphasis added)Visiting Sister-in-Law said in her testimony to the grand jury on October 6:
Visiting Sister-in-Law: He ... got into the grassy area and he stopped. ... Then he turned back around and started going back towards the police officer. ...
Prosecutor (pointing to a photograph): The victim [Brown] stops in this area here, in the grassy area. So he's not on the street any more?
Visiting Sister-in-Law: No.
Visiting Brother-in-Law, in his testimony to the grand jury on October 2, pointed to a photograph and said:
He stopped right here at this driveway, and he turned around in the entrance of the driveway, about right there on the corner of the driveway. ...
He got to right at the edge of the driveway. This is a ... street sign, right there at the corner of the driveway. He stopped right there at the edge of the driveway, and then he turned around.
(Pages 83-84 and 91; emphasis added)-----
Balcony Brother, interviewed by a detective on August 12, pointed to a photograph and said:
He ran to right here. He was standing about five feet from the street, on the driveway. That's when he turned. ...
He was about five to six feet off the street, in the driveway, right on the corner. ... He had one foot on the grass and one foot on the driveway, and then he turned around. ....
This is the driveway here. Then you'll see a street sign right here. He never made it that far, [to] the street sign.
(Pages 6 and 7; emphasis added)Balcony Brother on September 24 told an FBI Special Agent:
He crossed the sidewalk, he got on the back [east] part of the driveway, and he stopped.
(Page 10; emphasis added)Balcony Brother, testifying to the grand jury on September 30, pointed to a photograph and said:
Apartment Resident: When he got to here, Michael was standing right on the grass. ....
Prosecutor: Is he on the grass actually?
Apartment Resident: He is standing at the very edge [of the grass]. The driveways are blacktop. He is stopped right at the blacktop's very edge.
The below photograph shows how far Brown ran forward. In the upper-right, I have red-circled the street sign that Brown almost reached. In the lower-left, I have circled blood stains where Brown's dead body lay.
|According to the three balcony witnesses,|
Brown began his charge from the street sign
circled in red in this photograph's background.
Brown fell dead n the area marked by the teddy bear
and candles in the foreground.