New Ferguson video casting doubt on 'robbery' sparks protests

Michael Brown

Jay Kanzler, attorney for Ferguson Market & Liquor, said on Sunday that he wants to disprove claims in a documentary, "Stranger Fruit", that the video, from August 9, 2014, suggests Brown didn't rob the store just minutes before his death.

Almost three years after the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Ferguson, Missouri, police officer that stirred cries of racism, security footage has surfaced that raises new questions about what happened in the hours before.

-Previously unreleased video of Michael Brown hours before he was shot by police in 2014 has a documentary filmmaker and an attorney for the convenience store at odds over the significance of the footage.

"They destroyed Michael's character with the tape, and they didn't show us what actually happened", Pollock, the documentarian who obtained the footage from St. Louis County police, said in a New York Times interview. Police have said that the robbery call was part of the justification for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson stopping teen Brown, who he said matched the description of the thief; Wilson shot Brown seven times. Brown is shown walking toward the door with the sack, then turning around and handing the cigarillos back across the counter before exiting.

"Don't tell me that he stole from the store if they handed him a bag [of cigarillos] that they created themselves. anybody who sees this with their eyes can see what's happening", Pollock said.

A CNN panel about new security camera footage of slain black teenager of Michael Brown went completely off the rails after documentary filmmaker Jason Pollock angrily accused a fellow panelist of endorsing white supremacy. Wilson described Brown as having an angry and intense expression, the Monitor previously reported.




Ferguson police had released surveillance video of Brown strong arming his way out of the same store with cigarillos.

Andy Patel, owner of Ferguson Market and Liquor, admits he wasn't there working the night the newly released footage was captured, but said if a transaction occurred earlier that morning he was not aware of it. It was turned over to police and then released back to the store and the Brown family.

McCullough flatly told reporters there was "nothing new" about the video and it changed nothing in the case.

Michael Brown Sr. walks past the memorial set up where his son Michael Brown was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri, Nov. 22, 2014. Watch the clip from Stranger Fruit above. The clerks then appear to hand Brown a plastic bag.

STL Today reports that a new documentary shows the teen apparently contradicting accounts made by police that said the 18-year-old committed a strongarm robbery at Ferguson Market & Liquor.

St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch he wasn't surprised that Brown was in the Ferguson Market earlier in the day. A grand jury and a federal civil rights investigation failed to indict Wilson in the Brown shooting, which sparked nationwide protests over a rash of police-involved shootings of black men.

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