It turns, out, though, that the distance Mike Brown fled was not 35 feet, as was stated in the press conference and cited in hundreds of articles since. Nor was it 45 feet, or 75 feet, or even 95 feet, but approximately 108 feet away from Darren Wilson’s SUV. Below, you will find photos from the day of the murder, maps, infographics, and more to confirm for you that the distance was nearly 300 percent farther away than originally claimed by Chief Belmar and subsequently quoted as fact in almost every narrative of the case.
The various police departments involved have routinely released predominantly false information about what happened between Officer Wilson and Michael Brown. That this detail is likely false as well, shouldn't surprise. However, as the article details, that ~30 foot mark represents a significant claim in Officer's Wilson's defense.
It's a good article, which also covers likely corruption (and at least proves large, obvious conflicts of interest) in the St. Louis area police departments.