It's really simple to measure the distance, and quite accurately: Those who measured started at the fire-hydrant that was near the police car from which officer Wilson fired the deadly shots: Distance from the driver's side door (when officer Wilson claims he fired the shots) to the fire hydrant: 17 feet. Distance from the fire hydrant to the spot where Michael Brown was standing when he was shot: 131 feet. 131 +17 = 148. Now, there is an angle involved between the cop car and the hydrant, which means that actual distance of 17 feet, calculated as a straight line, will be somewhat less, maybe one third less. So, the true distance may be 140 to 141 feet. The angle represented by the yellow line looks to be about 35 degrees to the plain, if you consider the straight path of the sidewalk next to the hydrant to be the plain. The police report says 35 feet. And a police officer said TWICE in a press conference that the distance was 35 feet: (1:13 and 6:01) 35 feet and 148 are nowhere close to each other in terms of distance. 148 feet = 49 yards, or just about one-half of a football field. The film clearly documents the start and end points, and they can be confirmed by police photos and photos shot by witnesses on that day. 35 feet could be an argument for immediate danger for a police officer. But 148 feet? No way. Why did the Ferguson police lie about this detail? And if the Ferguson police have lied about this, then we must ask what else they have lied about? You know, sometimes it's all about simple math. The Ferguson police can lie for a while, but they cannot change geography and they cannot undo so many photos and videos. Discuss. Does a suspected perpetrator who is 148 feet away from an officer represent a danger to that officer's life?