Published On: Fri, May 8th, 2015

Michael Brown shooting witness Dorian Johnson arrested a day after lawsuit filed

Police have arrested Dorian Johnson, the man who was with Michael Brown when he was fatally shot by Darren Wilson, the police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Johnson was arrested on Wednesday after he allegedly interfered with an arrest and “discarding suspected narcotics on the ground,” St. Louis County Police spokeswoman Leah K. Freeman said.

Johnson and his brother Demonte, 21, were among a large group and police were concerned they were possibly armed. The incident report says Demonte Johnson grabbed the arm of a police officer in an attempt to keep the officer from patting down a man with a bulge in his waistband that police believed may have been a gun.

Officers say they then tried to detain Demonte Johnson, who resisted. Dorian Johnson then approached the officer, stood close to him and yelled at him to try to keep him from arresting his brother. All three were eventually handcuffed and arrested.

The arrest came just a day after Johnson’s lawyer announced a $25,000 lawsuit against the City of Ferguson. Johnson’s attorney, James Williams, says that the suit claims Wilson targeted him without probable cause, firing upon him and Brown as they ran away – another contradiction to the forensic evidence that Brown was shot while facing Wilson.

Dorian Johnson

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