|The Ferguson Police smeared Michael Brown.|
A documentary unearths some intriguing information about the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
In 2014, Mike Brown was killed by a Ferguson Police officer after a confrontation. He was shot with six bullets and the officer who killed him walked. It sparked nights of unrest and opened up a deep divide between Blacks and the police.
It also opened the flood gates of White extremism. The Drudge Report, Gateway Pundit, Fox News, Old Fart Rush Limbaugh, Bearing Arms, Breitbart, Sean "Softball" Hannity, Pervert Bill O'Reilly and Laura Ingraham were barking White extremism and pointing the finger of unrest at the feet of then President Barack Obama.
They claimed that the president, Al Sharpton and Black Lives Matter were responsible for the unrest and believed that Brown's failure to follow a police order led to his death. They accused the family of Brown of profiting off a tragedy.
The junk food media accused Brown of a "strong arm" robbery of a store clerk.
Well a filmmaker tore through the notion that Brown actually robbed a store. Matter of fact, it was left out of the junk food media coverage of the shooting.
Brown had been in the store during a late night run. He came into the store and swapped hands with the clerk.
It was the same convenience store included in a new documentary is raising new questions about what happened in the hours before the shooting on Aug. 9, 2014.
The footage shows Brown entering the store, Ferguson Market and Liquor, shortly after 1 am on the day he died. He approaches the counter, hands over an item that appears to be a small bag and takes a shopping sack filled with cigarillos. Brown is shown walking toward the door with the sack, then turning around and handing the cigarillos back across the counter before exiting.
The New York Times reports that Jason Pollock, a documentary filmmaker who acquired the new tape, says the footage challenges the police narrative that Brown committed a strong-armed robbery when he returned to the store around noon that day. Instead, Pollock believes that the new video shows Brown giving a small bag of marijuana to store employees and receiving cigarillos in return as part of a negotiated deal. Pollock said Brown left the cigarillos behind the counter for safekeeping.
"There was some type of exchange, for one thing, for another," Lesley McSpadden, Brown's mother, says in Pollock's documentary, "Stranger Fruit," which premiered Saturday at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, and examines the shooting from the family's perspective.
But Jay Kanzler, a lawyer for the convenience store and its employees, strongly disputes that version of events, and said the new footage is unrelated to Brown's later visit to the store.
"There was no transaction," Kanzler said. "There was no understanding. No agreement. Those folks didn't sell him cigarillos for pot. The reason he gave it back is he was walking out the door with unpaid merchandise and they wanted it back."
"They destroyed Michael's character with the tape, and they didn't show us what actually happened," said Pollock, who spent more than two years in Ferguson conducting research for his documentary, and who questions the decision to not charge Wilson. "So this shows their intention to make him look bad. And shows suppression of evidence."
The St. Louis County Police Department briefly mentioned Brown's early-morning visit to the store in a lengthy report on the case, which tipped Pollock off to the existence of an additional video.
Sgt. Shawn McGuire, a spokesman for the county police, said in an email on Saturday that footage of the earlier encounter had not been released because it was not relevant to the investigation.
He added later that he could not confirm the video's authenticity.
Spokesmen for the city of Ferguson and the St. Louis County prosecutor's office did not immediately respond to requests for comment on Saturday.
Brown's parents have filed a federal lawsuit against Wilson, the city of Ferguson and the former Ferguson police chief. A civil trial is scheduled to start next year.