Videos in Ferguson, Mo. have been released which purportedly show Michael Brown robbing a convenience store and the revelations may impact the story as people protest the tapes as an attempt to smear Michael Brown.
Oh, and the Reverend Jesse Jackson showed up to “urge calm,” although how he makes a living with calm, nobody knows..
The officer who shot Ferguson teen Michael Brown stopped Brown and another teen because they were walking in the street, not because of a robbery a few minutes earlier, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said Friday afternoon.
Jackson said the officer was aware cigars had been taken in the robbery of a store nearby, but did not know when he encountered Brown and Dorian Johnson that they might be suspects. He stopped them because they were walking in the street, Jackson said.
But Jackson told the Post-Dispatch that the officer, Darren Wilson, saw cigars in Brown’s hand and realized he might be the robber.
Jackson also addressed concerns about his release of information about the robbery at the same time he released the name of the officer at a press conference Friday morning.
Jackson said he released the security video from the liquor store because news organizations had been requesting it under the Freedom of Information Act.
The Rev. Jesse Jackson showed up before an appearance at a Ferguson church and walked arm-in-arm with about 50 people down West Florissant Avenue, toward the apartment complex where Brown was killed.
Jackson urged the crowd to continue protesting but to avoid violence, saying the events in Ferguson illustrate why people need to vote. “Voters have the power to elect mayors who appoint police chiefs,” he said.
U.S. Rep Emanuel Cleaver, D-Kansas City, was also at the church and had harsh criticism of Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson. “There is not a thimble’s worth of trust that anyone can place in the chief of police of Ferguson,” he said.
Earlier in the day, lawyers for Michael Brown’s family appealed for calm tonight despite the release of the store video.
They again called the release of the video an effort to damage Brown’s reputation. But Daryl P. Parks, one of the lawyers, said of the man in the store video, “It appears to be him.”
Parks also said he “wouldn’t say” if it was a robbery.
Asked by reporters why he released the tape, he said, “Because I had to. Too many people put in (freedom of information) requests for it.”
So let me get this straight: A robbery of a store occurs and a policeman sees two kids walking, one with cigars in his hand. The policeman stops the kids, see the cigars he knows have been taken in an earlier robbery.
What’s wrong so far? What happened after that is the question. This kid was no nice little innocent boy out for a walk, that we know from video evidence. These same stores that Brown robbed are now being looted. Get your shit together, community.
Police are gearing up for more violence as the presence of Rev. Jackson almost guarantees it.
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