Report: Brown Had Marijuana in His System When Shot by Police

Michael Brown was shot in the head and chest six to eight times and had marijuana in his system at the time of his death, the Washington Post reports, citing an anonymous source familiar with the St. Louis County investigation.

The report does not elaborate on the amount of marijuana discovered in Brown’s system. The drug can be detected in the body for several weeks after ingestion and does not necessarily suggest Brown was intoxicated at the time of his death.

The county’s investigation is the first of three autopsies, including a private investigation by Brown’s family and another pending with a military medical examiner requested by the Department of Justice. The results of the county’s autopsy have not yet been formally released.

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The family’s private autopsy found that Brown, 18, was shot four times in the right arm and twice in the head.

“This [bullet wound] looks like his head was bent downward,” Dr. Michael M. Baden, who performed the investigation, told the New York Times. “It can be because he’s giving up, or because he’s charging forward at the officer ... Right now there is too little information to forensically reconstruct the shooting.”

Brown was unarmed when he was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9, prompting widespread protests.

Officials say their investigation into the circumstances of his death continue.