Conservatives have touted the news that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson acted in self-defense when he shot Michael Brown because Brown shattered the officer's eye socket and inflicted multiple fractures.
That idea has been rejected by reporters with access to the hospital report for Wilson's treatment following the incident. He had swelling around his eye, according to hospital records cited by CNN's Don Lemon:
Meanwhile Ferguson police have yet to release Wilson's account of the incident. But their public statements favor CNN's account, since they have alleged that Wilson sustained an injury but not a serious one.
Meanwhile conservatives like the Gateway Pundit Jim Hoft are citing local witnesses - rather than the hospital report - to claim that Officer Wilson suffered multiple fractures at Brown's hands:
Hoft then misleadingly published a random stock photo of a fractured eye socket with the caption "local St. Louis sources said Wilson suffered an orbital blowout fracture to the right eye socket."
Even if Brown did punch Wilson, there are still many Americans who would agree that brown should not have been executed for punching a police officer.