Two and a half years after the shooting death of Mike Brown at the hands of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, it appears new details have surfaced.
In initial reports, 18-year-old Brown was accused of robbing a convenience store and stealing several cigarillos shortly before the fatal shooting by Officer Wilson. The robbery was caught on surveillance footage which reportedly showed Brown assaulting the store clerk. Now, a second, previously unreported video has surfaced, showing Brown entering the store shortly after 1 am on the day of his death, handing over a small bag to the store employees and taking a bag of cigarillos in return. As he walks towards the door, he turns back and hands the cigarillos back across the counter and leaves the store empty handed.
The footage is said to be included in a new documentary by filmmaker, Jason Pollock, titled “Stranger Fruit.” It will challenge the theory that Brown strong-armed the store clerk and left the store with stolen merchandise. Pollock believes the new video shows Brown giving store employees a small bag of marijuana and receiving cigarillos in return as part of a pre-negotiated deal. He then stashed the cigarillos behind the counter for safe keeping. He later returns to the store to pick up the cigarillos, and that is the start of the surveillance video that was provided during the investigation into his death.
Jay Kanzler, a lawyer for the convenience store and its employees, denies that there was a transaction made, despite the video taken earlier that day.
“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.”
Watch the video and let us know what you think.
— alex medina (@mrmedina) March 12, 2017
It looks to me as if the store owner didn’t know his employees were making these types of transactions behind his back, and when he didn’t let Mike leave with his boxes of cigarillos, Mike took some. Things escalated quickly, and unfortunately, Mike was killed for no reason other than the store employees being cowards and liars.