A second surveillance video has emerged in the Michael Brown shooting. The 18-year-old Ferguson, MIssouri, teenager was killed by policeman Darren Wilson on August 9, 2015 after what has been described as a “strong-arm” robbery at a convenience store earlier that day. This video, which was dismissed as having no bearing on the case by Ferguson police, seems to add to the question of what really led to Brown’s confrontation with Wilson that day.
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In the two and a half years since Michael Brown, a black 18-year-old, was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo., the explosive case has been parsed in intricate detail. Witnesses offered varying descriptions of the fatal encounter. Investigators examined bloodstain evidence on the street where Mr. Brown died. And the police released a security video from a nearby store that showed Mr. Brown pushing a worker and taking cigarillos minutes before the shooting.
But a second, previously unreported video from that 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 Mr. Brown entering the store, Ferguson Market and Liquor, shortly after 1 a.m. 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. Mr. Brown is shown walking toward the door with the sack, then turning around and handing the cigarillos back across the counter before exiting.
Jason Pollock, a documentary filmmaker who acquired the new tape, says the footage challenges the police narrative that Mr. Brown committed a strong-armed robbery when he returned to the store around noon that day. Instead, Mr. Pollock believes that the new video shows Mr. Brown giving a small bag of marijuana to store employees and receiving cigarillos in return as part of a negotiated deal. Mr. Pollock said Mr. Brown left the cigarillos behind the counter for safekeeping.
“There was some type of exchange, for one thing, for another,” Lesley McSpadden, Mr. Brown’s mother, says in Mr. Pollock’s documentary, “Stranger Fruit,” which premiered Saturday at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Tex., 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 Mr. Brown’s later visit to the store.
“There was no transaction,” Mr. 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.”
A Week Of Protest For Michael Brown: Ferguson, Missouri In Pictures (PHOTOS)
1. Protester stands his ground as police throw tear gas.1 of 20
2. Demonstrator holds sign during a protest of the shooting of 18-year-old Mike Brown.2 of 20
3. Police officer watches protest concealing his/her identity.3 of 20
4. Demonstrators in the streets of Ferguson protest after the killing of unarmed teen Michael Brown.4 of 20
5. Ferguson police line up with riot gear where protesters are demonstrating.5 of 20
6. Ferguson police throw tear gas to disperse crowds protesting in the streets.6 of 20
7. Police surround and detain two people in a car as protests reach their fourth night in a row.7 of 20
8. Demonstrators out protesting the death of unarmed teen Michael Brown.8 of 20
9. Police stand and watch protesters.9 of 20
10. Demonstrator holds sign at protest of the Michael Brown shooting.10 of 20
11. Demonstrator walks away after being ordered off the street by police.11 of 20
12. Demonstrators protest the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown.12 of 20
13. Capt. Ronald Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol, who was appointed by the governor to take control of security operations in the city of Ferguson, walks with protesters.13 of 20
14. Crowds gather to protest the shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.14 of 20
15. People react to the naming of the officer who shot and killed unarmed Michael Brown.15 of 20
16. People react to the naming of the officer who shot and killed unarmed Michael Brown.16 of 20
17. In the parking lot of a gas station, which was burned during rioting, Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announces the name of the officer who shot Michael Brown.17 of 20
18. Police armed with rubber bullets during protest.18 of 20
19. Memorial for Michael Brown stands in the middle of the street where he was gunned down.19 of 20
20. Police watch as demonstrators protest the shooting of unarmed teen Michael Brown.20 of 20
New Footage Before Michael Brown Shooting Generates More Questions About His Death [VIDEO] was originally published on blackamericaweb.com