On Sunday night, people gathered just outside of the Ferguson Market and Liquor Store after new surveillance video was released of Michael Brown. The shooting of Michael Brown caused violent protests throughout the United States.
The new footage of Brown is part of a new documentary titled Stranger Fruit. The documentary made its debut Saturday at the South by Southwest Festival held in Austin, Texas. Michael Brown, a black teenager, was unarmed when he was shot and killed in Ferguson, Missouri in August of 2014 by police, reports CNN.
The surveillance video, which was previously unreleased shows Michael Brown inside the convenience store, eleven hours before he was accused of robbing it.
Jason Pollack, the filmmaker who created Stranger Fruit, argues that the video clearly suggests that Michael Brown was not responsible for the robbery of the store, but instead suggests that he was instead involved in a drug deal with the store clerk. It was the assumption that Brown robbed the store that led to his confrontation with police and ultimately his death.
In the video, Michael Brown, 18, can be seen giving the convenience store clerk a small bag. The clerk then gives Brown a bag with cigarillos, which are small cigars. Brown takes the bag and walked toward the door. Instead of walking out the door Brown turns around and hands the bags of cigarillos back to the clerk. The new video seems to suggest that Brown returned to the store, not to rob it, but to get the bag back.
A spokesperson from the St. Louis County Police has stated that they cannot verify the authenticity of the film right now. The spokesperson added that the film is irrelevant to the investigation because they had already thoroughly investigated the incident between Michael Brown and Officer Darren Wilson, reports ABC 2.
The Ferguson Police Department has not stated how many people protested outside the convenience store Sunday, or how many protesters were arrested.
Jay Kanzler, the attorney who represented the Ferguson Market and Liquor store and its employees, states that the versions of events in the documentary are false. He accuses the filmmaker of cutting out the part where the store clerk throws the bag back at Michael Brown.
Kanzler states that his clients did nothing wrong and simply want to get on with their lives. The attorney adds that the film is not new and that the full video was handed over to police, the FBI, and the Brown Family not long after the shooting of Michael Brown.
The original reports of the incident do not mention Brown’s overnight visit or that there was any other video that had not been previously released, reports the St. Louis Dispatch.
After the shooting of Michael Brown protests were held across the country. Officer Wilson resigned from the police department and a grand jury and civil rights investigation failed to indict Wilson.
By Tammy Marie Rose