New Michael Brown Surveillance Video Raises Questions
New surveillance video captured hours before Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer has raised questions about the case. Brown was an 18-year-old man who was shot several times by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The killing sparked protests and outrage.
The new surveillance footage is the focus of a documentary called "Stranger Fruit," which debuted at South by Southwest in Austin, TX. Director Jason Pollock says the video shows Brown did not rob a convenience store prior to his death, which is what police said happened. Pollock reveals Brown was at the store the night before he was killed for an exchange. Pollock says that night Brown gave employees a bag of weed, they handed over two boxes of cigarillos, which Brown asked them to keep behind the counter for him. Pollock says Brown went back the next day to pick them up and there was a misunderstanding, not a robbery.
CNN reports an attorney for the store claims Pollock edited the video. The New York Times reports a spokesperson for the county police said he couldn't confirm the authenticity of the video and the video wasn't released to the public because it was not relevant to the investigation. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the store owner told them Brown "grabbed the cigarillos and stole them."