When new surveillance footage was featured in a documentary aimed to renew the race-related protests in Ferguson, Missouri, St. Louis prosecutor Robert McCulloch released “unedited” CCTV tapes of Michael Brown’s “drug deal” gone wrong.
In the clips, Brown is seen in a convenience store conducting what appears to be illegal drug activity before he encounters police officers and was killed.
The tapes were released on Monday when St. Louis County prosecutor released that protests were starting up again in Ferguson because of Stranger Fruit, a documentary premiered on Saturday at SXSW in Austin, Texas.
Because the ground-breaking documentary on 18-year-old Michael Brown’s killing included surveillance footage that had never been released to the public before, McCulloch felt like it was his patriotic duty to release the unedited version of the tapes so the American public could get the entire truth.
Fox showed footage of Brown that throws into question the claims Ferguson police made. They claimed he robbed a store before they shot him dead on August 9, 2014.
McCulloch went onto to label filmmaker Jason Pollock’s documentary a “pathetic film” that was a “clear attempt to distort” what the police uphold as the truth. McCulloch claims the footage in the documentary is “irrelevant” because it was only a piece of the truth.
Despite McCulloch’s claims, the documentary renewed protests on the streets of Ferguson on Sunday because citizens believe the police lied to them.
McCulloch has worked as a prosecutor in Missouri since 1991 and claims that although Brown attempted to barter for goods, the clerk did not make a deal. McCulloch told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
“It’s not as though [this footage] was hidden away somewhere, as this fellow with his video project was trying to say. Even his pathetic video shows the police report where he got the information. It’s all there, and it’s been there since 2014. It’s all available and not edited.
“This is a clear attempt to distort this and turn it into something it isn’t … There was no transaction, but there certainly was an attempt to barter for these goods, but the store employees had no involvement in that, and when he left, they put everything where it belonged.It’s very clear there was no transaction between Mr. Brown and the store employees and to suggest he’s coming back to get what he bartered for is just stupid.”
The documentary filmmaker Pollock made an appearance on FOX News. He claimed his documentary was accurate and that the police and justice system “failed” the teenage Brown. But this point of view is one that many Americans are sick of. You can not blame others for your actions, you need to take reasonability and accept the outcome of what you decide to do.
Watch the footage below from the documentary to see why the St. Louis prosecutor is upset.
Brown appears in the convenience store and offers one of the employees a bag of marijuana, filmmaker Pollock claims. In exchange, the clerk gives Brown two packages of cigarillos. Brown walks away then turns around to return the back, which is put behind the counter. The filmmaker and Brown’s mother claim this proves that he did not steal the cigarillos, but had obtained them through a deal.
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