Gunfire erupted Sunday night outside the Ferguson, Mo. store that Michael Brown allegedly robbed moments before he was fatally shot by a police officer in 2014, after a new surveillance video appeared to show a different scenario than the one that police had described.
New video footage has emerged of Ferguson teenager Michael Brown which appears to question the claim by police that he had robbed a convenience store shortly before he was shot dead by a white officer.
Almost three years ago, 18-year-old Michael Brown was gunned down by officer Darren Wilson on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Mo., and left dying in the street for over four hours before his body was removed from the scene.
After Brown's death, police had released security footage, taken minutes before Brown encountered Wilson, from a nearby convenience store which shows the teen assaulting a store employee and taking packages of cigarillos.
Black teen Mike Brown was gunned down by former police officer Darren Wilson, almost three years ago. Then, a clerk bags cigarillos and other items for Brown, but instead of leaving the store with the bag, Brown is seen handing the bag back to the clerk, who places it under the counter.
Kanzler said the newly released video was handed over to authorities at the same time as the footage showing Brown forcing his way out of the store.
Documentary director Jason Pollock claimed that the video reveals an exchange happening and that Brown left the boxes behind for him to pick up later. Wilson described Brown as having an angry and intense expression, the Monitor previously reported.
"My clients did nothing wrong", Kanzler said.
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McCulloch told reporters the reason they did not release the footage was because it was not relevant to the case. They wanted us to think Michael robbed the store because they needed us to think that Mike Brown was aggressive with [Officer Darren Wilson].
"There was no transaction", Jay Kanzler told the newspaper. It may have caused Officer Wilson to back up his auto and, potentially, question or even arrest Brown.
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The previously unreported footage shows Brown entering the Ferguson Market and Liquor around 01:00 on the day of his death. Attorneys for the store clerks maintain that no deal had been made and that Brown did walk off with stolen merchandise.
Ferguson Mayor James Knowles referred requests for comment to Ferguson's police chief, who did not immediately return messages. 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.
But Brown's visit to the store and surveillance video were noted in parts of the St. Louis County police report McCulloch released following the grand jury's decision in November 2014.