Messaging Service Verifies Alleged Audio Recording Of Michael Brown Shooting

AP

The company that runs the video messaging service that purportedly captured audio of the Michael Brown shooting has confirmed the authenticity of the recording.

The audio of the shooting incident, which occurred in Ferguson, Mo., on August 9, was reportedly recorded unknowingly by a nearby man who was using the messaging service Glide. Only later, after the shooting became an international story, did the man realize he had captured the audio of what sounded like gunshots. But questions remained about whether the recording itself was authentic. CNN first aired the recording on Monday.

According to The Washington Post, Glide emailed its Erik Wemple blog with this statement about the recording’s authenticity:

Because Glide is the only messaging application using streaming video technology, each message is simultaneously recorded and transmitted, so the exact time can be verified to the second. In this case, the video in question was created at 12:02:14 PM CDT on Saturday, August 9th.

In a conversation with the blog, Glide’s head of communications, Chaim Haas, said, “The question we are being asked is is this authentic and the answer is absolutely.” Haas said this information doesn’t prove that the sounds are of Michael Brown’s shooting but noted that the FBI would be notified of its authenticity.

The messaging service also posted a statement verifying the authenticity of the recording on its website.

Watch the original CNN segment below:

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