New camera footage has emerged which throws a wrench into the narrative given by the Ferguson Police and echoed by conservative media outlets in the murder of Michael Brown. The right-wing incessantly tried to frame Brown as a “thug” and a “criminal” who somehow deserved to be executed without trial.
On August 9th, 2014, eighteen-year-old Brown was shot twelve times by Officer Darren Wilson after he allegedly robbed a convenience store. His death prompted a national outcry and huge protests and is seen as a founding moment for the Black Lives Matter movement.
The police have argued that Brown had robbed the convenience store over a box of cigarillos – but the new footage, from the night before, appears to paint a different picture.
The new footage shows Brown handing over a bag of what is presumed to be marijuana and is handed the cigarillos in exchange. The box is then kept behind the counter for safekeeping, which Brown then returned to retrieve later on.
“What this video shows is that (police) lied to the world about what happened. They wanted to make Mike look bad, so they put out half a video to destroy his character in his death” says filmmaker Jason Pollock, who featured the new footage in his Stranger Fruit documentary that just premiered at South by Southwest.
This puts the official police account, which accused Brown of armed robbery, in question. Of course, there’s no way to find out the truth, since Brown was summarily executed for his actions without judge or jury. It just goes to show that the police cannot be trusted to accurately the chain of events, especially when an officer has killed someone.
Watch the footage here:
— alex medina (@mrmedina) March 12, 2017