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
in the New
describes this new evidence:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
"The Enabled Fugitive," we have either him and/or Ferguson
police withholding this footage for two-and-a-half years.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
story by Artvoice
on 2/4/17 announces she is suing BPD etc.
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.
is where a
comes in that is being pushed by the attorney of the clerk for
Ferguson Market & Liquor Jay
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
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.
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.
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.
after, Brown is stopped on the road by a 6’4” 210 lbs cop
pursued him in spite of claiming he felt like a five-year-old boy
“holding on to Hulk Hogan.”