The Ferguson Police Department released a video of a convenience store robbery, following the revelation of the name of the officer who shot unarmed teenager Michael Brown.
Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson announced Friday that six-year veteran Darren Wilson was the officer who shot Brown on Aug. 9 in the St. Louis suburb. He also announced the department would release reports and video footage relating to a "strong-armed robbery" that took place in the area before the shooting occurred.
Brown, 18, was named as a suspect in these reports. He allegedly took a box of Swisher Sweet cigars worth $48.99.
Later in the day, Ferguson police released surveillance footage from a convenience store where the incident took place. In the three-minute video, three men can be seen entering a store. Two of the men go to exit together when another man, supposedly an employee at the store, tries to stop them. The larger of the two men pushes the apparent employee before walking out.
Brown's family spoke out after information relating to the robbery was released, saying they were "beyond outraged."
Michael Brown’s family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate piece mil information in a manner intended to assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight.
There is nothing based on the facts that have been placed before us that can justify the execution style murder of their child by this police officer as he held his hands up, which is the universal sign of surrender.
The prolonged release of the officer’s name and then the subsequent alleged information regarding a robbery is the reason why the family and the local community have such distrust for the local law enforcement agencies.It is no way transparent to release the still photographs alleged to be Michael Brown and refuse to release the photographs of the officer that executed him.
The police strategy of attempting to blame the victim will not divert our attention, from being focused on the autopsy, ballistics report and the trajectory of the bullets that caused Michael’s death and will demonstrate to the world this brutal execution of an unarmed teenager.
Benjamin L Crump, Esq.Anthony D. Gray, Esq.Daryl D. Parks, Esq.
On Friday afternoon, Jackson held a press conference stating Wilson did not know Brown was a robbery suspect when he stopped him. Brown was apparently stopped because he was "walking in the street, blocking traffic."
Ferguson police have alleged an altercation occurred between the two prior to the death. The individual with Brown said the teen was unarmed and had his hands up when he was shot. During an interview with CBS affiliate KMOV, Jackson said the officer was "was hit" and the "side of his face was swollen" after the incident.
Read the full police report below.