Surveillance camera footage from a nearby convenience store allegedly shows Michael Brown, the unarmed teen that was shot and killed by Officer Darren Wilson, in Ferguson, Missouri, robbing that store.
It appears that Brown was unarmed during the robbery but still allegedly assaulted the clerk on the way out of the store.
According to the police report, as seen below. The convenience store video reveals Michael Brown entering the store followed by Johnson. Brown hands a box of Swisher Sweets to Johnson. Brown took several boxes of cigars and turned to leave the store. “Brown grabbed the clerk and “forcefully pushed him back into a display rack.”
The police report filed that same day alleges the Michael Brown robbery triggered the interaction.
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The video below of the eyewitness’s account seems to corroborate the police report.
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The evidence that Brown robbed the store is particularly compelling, especially when comparing the above photo from the surveillance footage to the one taken of the teen lying dead in the road below.
However, this does not change a thing about the misconduct of police. Brown was still unarmed when officer Wilson shot him. The community had every right to be outraged as they witnessed an officer of the law, play the role of judge, jury, and executioner.
The aftermath of the incident, in which police presence was raised to the point of marshal law, is completely independent of the alleged robbery as well. The overzealous reaction of the heavily militarized police force, injuring protesters, tear gassing and shooting rubber bullets at journalists, and setting houses on fire, was a complete and unnecessary overreaction to the peaceful protests.
The violence was escalated to the point of Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain, 27 year veteran of the force, Ronald S. Johnson, joining the side of the protesters and marching alongside of them.
When I see a young lady cry because of fear of this uniform, that’s a problem. We’ve got to solve that.” Johnson said.
The bottom line is that this tragic escalation of violence by one officer, then by an entire department, has served to open the eyes of Americans to the unnerving reality that is Police State USA.
Hopefully police have learned a lesson here; that the people will not stand idly by as they run roughshod over due process and the Bill of Rights and that militarized displays of force against peaceful Americans only serves to further degrade their already tarnished reputations.
The world has now witnessed the daunting implications of a heavily militarized domestic police force, and nothing can change that.