Saint Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch on Monday (March 13th) criticized the portrayal of store surveillance footage in a new documentary about the 2014 fatal police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, charging that it is heavily-edited and distorts what happened at the store several hours before Brown was killed. He alleged that it was, quote, “clearly an attempt to distort this and turn it into something it isn’t.”
Stranger Fruit filmmaker Jason Pollock has said that the footage, which hadn’t been seen publicly before, shows Brown at around 1 a.m. on the day he was killed trading a small amount of marijuana with the store clerks for some cigarillos, and then leaving them behind the counter. He said that contradicts the portrayal of Brown having robbed the cigarillos hours later, shortly before he was shot in a confrontation with Officer Darren Wilson, claiming that he instead took the cigarillos he’d left. But McCulloch disputed that and released the full video of the 1 a.m. incident, which he said showed Brown trying to make the marijuana-for-cigarillos barter, but the clerks refusing, and then putting the cigarillos back on the shelf. Pollock, however, wasn’t giving in, standing by his framing of the video, and calling McCulloch a “master of deception.”
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