The Slatest

Michael Brown Witness Dorian Johnson Arrested by St. Louis County Police

Dorian Johnson—the witness who said publicly that Michael Brown was trying to surrender to Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson before Wilson shot Brown—was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of drug possession and resisting arrest by St. Louis County police. An attorney for Johnson, whose account of Brown’s death was ultimately discounted by both a local grand jury and a federal investigation, also announced on Wednesday that Johnson would sue the city of Ferguson, former police chief Thomas Jackson, and officer Darren Wilson for distress suffered on the day Brown died.

From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s account account of the Wednesday incident, which is said to have involved Johnson and two of his brothers:

Johnson allegedly had a cough medication mixed with what police believe to be an illegal narcotic on him.

The report said that as the officers who went to the scene dispersed the crowd, they noticed that one man had a bulge in his clothes that they suspected might be a weapon. A second man grabbed the arm of the officer who attempted to pat the first man down. The officer then attempted to detain the second man.

That prompted a third man to approach the officer and yell at him in an attempt to stop the arrest, the report said. That man allegedly then discarded narcotics onto the ground.

The incident took place approximately three miles southeast of the location where Brown was shot.