St. Louis Prosecuting Attorney: ‘New’ Mike Brown Video Is ‘Pathetic’ [WATCH]


ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch is trying to clear up some confusion about a surveillance footage that surfaced during South by Southwest documentary premiere called “Stranger Fruit.” The video appears to show Michael Brown inside the Ferguson Market convenience store eleven hours before he was accused of robbing it.

Prosecuting Attorney says ‘new’ Michael Brown surveillance video is ‘pathetic’

The unarmed black teenager shot and killed by police in Ferguson, Missouri, in August 2014. That fatal shooting, and the grand jury case, sparked protests across the country.

McCulloch held a press conference at the St. Louis County Justice Center in Clayton. He tells reporters that the video is from the convenience store on that night of August the 14th. Police say they also have the same video and several more videos from different angles.
Prosecuting Attorney says ‘new’ Michael Brown surveillance video is ‘pathetic’
They say that Mike Brown got some drinks from the cooler and some cigarillos.  He went to the front of the store with the merchandise and placed them and a box on the counter. He then had a discussion with the clerks and left the store without the merchandise. Police say the clerks then put the cigarrillos and drinks away and went about their business.

“This is not new, not a surprise and not relevant,” said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch.



The conversation that Mike Brown had with the clerks is documented in a police report released with the grand jury evidence. The description of the content is in the police report. He says that “Stranger Fruit” filmmaker Jason Pollock also got his information from the police report.

McCulloch calls the documentary “pathetic.” He says it is an attempt to twist the events of that evening. He says the surveillance video that police obtained should be released soon. They say their video will be unedited.

“The suggestion that he came back to pick up what he bargained for is, stupid,” said St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch.

The Prosecuting Attorney says that the reason the footage was not released was because it is not relevant to the case.



Filmmaker Jason Pollock argues, suggests that Brown didn’t rob the store but was instead involved in a drug deal with the clerks. The robbery allegation is what led to the confrontation between police and Brown, which resulted in Brown being killed by Officer Darren Wilson.

In the video, Brown, 18, appears to give the clerks a small bag. The clerks then give Brown a bag with cigarillos, which he takes, but he then turns around and gives it back to them before leaving.

 

Read more: FOX2 Saint Louis





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