Mr. Pollock believes that the Ferguson police force has attempted to smear the late teenager's reputation by claiming he had robbed a store and releasing footage supporting that to show that to the media. "He should be in jail for involuntary manslaughter at the least".
"They destroyed Michael's character with the tape, and they didn't show us what actually happened", Pollock, the documentarian who obtained the footage from St. Louis County police, said in a New York Times interview. The families of black victims of police and vigilante violence have historically had to confront police-driven and media-perpetuated narratives that paint their loved ones as innately criminal or deserving of their fate. He then reaches over the counter and grabs boxes of cigarillos.
Brown, who was black, was unarmed. Why is that? The facts of this case have been clear for a very long time at this point thanks to a very detailed DOJ report.
Filmmaker Jason Pollock suggest Brown had returned to the store the following morning to retrieve the tobacco products after handing the bag back to the clerk for safekeeping the night before.
The security footage, part of a Saturday premiere of the documentary "Stranger Fruits", shows Brown entering the convenience store around 1 a.m. on August 9. Attorneys for the store clerks maintain that no deal had been made and that Brown did walk off with stolen merchandise. Brown is shown approaching employees and exchange a small bag for another bag that contained cigarillos.
"They inspect the bag and appear to smell it, the footage shows, then hand Brown what the documentary claims is a plastic bag containing two large boxes of cigarillos", it added.
That previously unreported video and the interpretation of its contents is the subject of a new documentary, "Stranger Fruit", which premiered at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
"Mike did not rob the store", Pollock narrates in the film.
On Sunday (March 12), over 100 protestors surrounded the store after unearthed footage leading up the police shooting of Brown showed the teen exchanging marijuana for cigarillos, not stealing then as suggested by previous reports.
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When asked by someone in the crowd why he didn't push to release the video sooner, Kanzler shared where it had been.
Kanzler said he would release the store video Monday to show the store encounter in full.
"It was determined that [the video] was neither relevant nor material to anything that occurred. on Canfield Drive", the prosecutor said in the news conference.
An attorney for the store and its employees is accusing Pollock of editing the video. He takes it, but gives it back just before leaving.
"We want people to understand what happened, and they're going to".
The co-owner of the market, And Patel, maintains that Brown stole the cigarillos.
Meanwhile, police in Ferguson are preparing for more unrest as protesters have vowed to return to the market Monday night, Moss said.
Ferguson Market co-owner And Patel said Sunday he was not at the store at the time of Brown's 1 a.m. visit and is unaware of any arrangement between his employees and Brown.
Brown, who was 18, was fatally shot minutes later by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson.