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Est. April 5, 2002
April 06, 2017 - Issue 693

Mike Brown
and why
Police and Prosecutors
Hate America

"One thing for sure, the lack of
indictments and acquittals of
Wilson and other officers discussed
in the news and many other examples
I'm sure many of you can think of,
have a produced a dumber, and
more arrogant police force."

Whites in the criminal justice system keep secrets better than anyone, by now many of you have heard of the news regarding the much-debated Mike Brown video in the form of a 2nd video tightly withheld from the public. It gets even more fishy than that. There’s a 3rd video too, but before we go into that, let’s explore the 2nd video for those of you who haven’t seen it yet. A 3/11/17 article in the New York Times describes this new evidence:

...a second, previously unreported video from that same convenience store included in a new documentary is raising new questions about what happened in the hours before the shooting on Aug. 9, 2014.

The footage shows Mr. Brown entering the store, Ferguson Market and Liquor, shortly after 1 a.m. on the day he died. He approaches the counter, hands over an item that appears to be a small bag and takes a shopping sack filled with cigarillos. Mr. Brown is shown walking toward the door with the sack, then turning around and handing the cigarillos back across the counter before exiting.

Jason Pollock, a documentary filmmaker who acquired the new tape, says the footage challenges the police narrative that Mr. Brown committed a strong-armed robbery when he returned to the store around noon that day. Instead, Mr. Pollock believes that the new video shows Mr. Brown giving a small bag of marijuana to store employees and receiving cigarillos in return as part of a negotiated deal. Mr. Pollock said Mr. Brown left the cigarillos behind the counter for safekeeping.

There was some type of exchange, for one thing, for another,” Lesley McSpadden, Mr. Brown’s mother, says in Mr. Pollock’s documentary, 'Stranger Fruit,' which premiered Saturday at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Tex., and examines the shooting from the family’s perspective.

"Stranger Fruit," obviously a takeoff of the famous song "Strange Fruit" about lynchings in the old south by the late Billie Holiday seems to put a new spin on the evidence of the case since the grand jury (nine whites and three blacks) and a federal civil rights investigation declined to indict former Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. What is described here is not the robbery police and of course DA Robert McCulloch (paid to indict Wilson) tried to convince us, but part of a previous drugs-for-cigarillos deal made between Brown and the overnight clerk of Ferguson Market. As if McCulloch and his team's tricknology wasn't bad enough as detailed in my 2015 article "The Enabled Fugitive," we have either him and/or Ferguson police withholding this footage for two-and-a-half years.

People are now blaming Pollock and Mike Brown Sr., of trying to stir up trouble. Whatever excuse critics use won't be able to get around the big question as to why wasn't this footage shown as equally or linked back-to-back with the well-known tape of Brown pushing a store clerk away while walking towards the exit.

The defense is entitled to know about the prosecution’s case before trial, and vice-versa. Since they turned Officer Darren Wilson’s grand jury hearing into the Trial of Mike Brown Jr. (as they always do) consider this exculpatory evidence.

Obviously a call to the police indicated there was some misunderstanding between Brown and the day clerk who probably wasn't aware or made-known of the previous deal between him and the night clerk, but it adds weight to how needless the incident was, and opens questions regarding how truthful Darren Wilson was toward the grand jury.

One thing for sure, the lack of indictments and acquittals of Wilson and other officers discussed in the news and many other examples I'm sure many of you can think of, have a produced a dumber, and more arrogant police force. In Buffalo, NY where I live there are two sore-thumb incidents that beg hard questions; the early Feb., beating death of Wardel Davis by Buffalo Police Officers Todd C. McAlister and Nicholas J. Parisi, and the brutal beating of a white nurse by two Buffalo Police Officers, Mark Vara and Kelly Craig.

A story by Artvoice posted on 2/4/17 announces she is suing BPD etc.

What lingers in my mind is the question as to why Brown didn’t take the cigarillos out of the store when it was handed to him during the exchange? Especially since the video shows one of the clerks put the boxes in a bag. Likely he was still living at home with his parents and feared they would have inspected his room at some point. Whatever the reason This is the key decision because at least he would have still been alive and the need to go to that store later during the day to make his pickup would not have been necessary.

This is where a third video comes in that is being pushed by the attorney of the clerk for Ferguson Market & Liquor Jay Kanzler, that isn’t seen in “Stranger Fruit”  which shows footage from behind the counter. Mike Brown is said to be purchasing at least two sodas, the clerk on the far right is seen putting the sodas into a bag. Brown then asks for two boxes of cigarillios. The clerk is said to have first handed Brown a small pack of cigarillios, Brown refuses the small pack and the clerk then turns around and puts two large boxes of cigarillos on the counter. Because the clerk’s body is blocking much of the transaction you can’t see much of what takes place, so I can only consider this 3rd video a school of thought. Brown then places something on the counter that is assumed to be drugs that he is using for currency. A clerk in the middle comes up and briefly inspects the item and then put it back down on the counter and puts his hands behind his back. The clerk on the right puts the two boxes of cigarillos into the bag, then you see the same clerk shake his head and point toward the left with his left hand. The narrator Kanzler-described as an aspiring filmmaker himself since the early-2000s- assumes this to mean he is telling Brown “get the heck out of my store, I’m not doing that, no no, it’s not gonna happen.’ Brown is seen picking up his bag of cigarillos and walks away.

Then the clerk says something to him and Brown brings the bag back. Kanzler assumes he is saying ‘bring the stuff back.’ Brown turns around and hands the bag back to the clerk, the clerk takes the two bottles of soda out of the bag and gives it to a store employee standing in front of the counter and no doubt tells him to put them back in the cooler, and then he is seen taking the two boxes of cigarillos out of the bag and puts then back on the rack right to the side of him. Then the same clerk is seen exiting from behind the counter, where Kanzler assumes he is off to talk to Brown because ‘I better go see what the guy was doing, he wasn’t really happy with me.’ Although no deal was seen to have been made, all of this still smacks of a relationship between Brown and at least one clerk that went beyond average clerk/customer relationship.

Youtube commentators blatantly accuse Pollock of “editing” the clip from his video to make Brown look innocent, while at the same time not accusing Kanzler’s 3rd video of being edited, and more importantly, why didn’t they include that clip in the police report or release it to the media. Hmmm… my guess is there was just such a previous arrangement between just that one clerk and Brown and the clerk fronted like he wasn’t going along with it so as not to make the other two clerks next to him think he was breaking store rules or the law. Why do I say that? Because he followed Brown out as soon as he restocked the pop and cigarillos, and one can only assume what he said to Brown in private once they were outside. The fact is Brown returned to the store eleven hours later, stood in front of the counter with his hands casually folded behind his back in a non-threatening manner to pick up his smokes. Why would he intentionally go back to the store to rob it, when he could have done it earlier that night? Obviously things got ugly after that, as I indicated above, one of the clerks wasn’t privy to what was evidently the arrangement hours earlier, or he did know and simply-for whatever reason-went against the night clerk’s deal and tried to stop Brown from taking the merchandise and then called the police.

Soon after, Brown is stopped on the road by a 6’4” 210 lbs cop who still pursued him in spite of claiming he felt like a five-year-old boy “holding on to Hulk Hogan.” Columnist, Chris Stevenson, is author of “The MAO Syndrome: A Timeline of Newspaper columns Tracking Hate, Fear, Loathing, Obstinacy, and Stubbornness of many on the right & some on the left who are simply Mad At Obama.” He is also a contributor to the Hampton Institute, his own blog, and a syndicated columnist. Follow him on Twitter, and Facebook. Watch his video commentary Policy & Prejudice for clbTV & Follow his Blogtalk radio interviews on 36OOseconds. Contact Mr. Stevenson and BC.




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