Lawyers counter documentary’s Ferguson claims

Police officers lined up outside Ferguson Market and Liquor on Sunday night, as protests broke out in response to new footage showing Michael Brown in the store on the day he was shot. Credit Lawrence Bryant/Reuters

Prosecutors and a lawyer for a Ferguson, Missouri, convenience store on Monday disputed claims in a documentary released over the weekend that security footage proved that Michael Brown, an unarmed black teen, did not rob the store shortly before he was shot by a white police officer in 2014. Jason Pollock, who made the film Stranger Fruit, said the video showed Brown giving store employees marijuana in exchange for cigarillos, then leaving the cigarillos behind the counter for safekeeping. Pollock said Brown returned hours later to pick up the cigarillos, not to rob the store as police have said. Shortly after leaving the store, Brown was fatally shot, touching off weeks of unrest. The store lawyer released unedited footage he said disproved Pollock’s claim, and the county’s chief prosecutor called the film misleading and “pathetic.”

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