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New documentary about Michael Brown suggests Ferguson teen made drug deal before his death

March 13, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
New documentary about Michael Brown suggests Ferguson teen made drug deal before his death

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A filmmaker who recovered unseen video of Michael Brown — the black teen who was killed by a white officer in Ferguson, Missouri — said that the footage shows the victim making a public drug deal the day he was shot.

A short clip from “Stranger Fruit,” a documentary about Brown’s death that premiered on Saturday at the South by Southwest film festival, features an unreported video of the 18-year-old in a convenience store mere hours before he was killed.

Initial news about Brown’s final day indicated that he robbed the store soon before he was shot and killed by Darren Wilson.

The video does not show a robbery, but it allegedly does reveal some exchange.

In a clip published via The New York Times, Brown was entering Ferguson Market and Liquor at approximately 1 a.m. in August 2014. He approached the counter, handed the cashier what appears to be a small bag and took a bag of cigarillos. Michael Brown is then seen walking to the door before he put the cigarillos back on the counter and left.

Previously released surveillance footage of Brown in a convenience store the day of his death. New footage shows him appearing to make some sort of exchange at the store. (FERGUSON POLICE)

Jason Pollock, the film’s director, said that he thinks the clip catches Michael Brown delivering a small amount of weed — which the employees at the store appear to smell and examine once he handed it to them. When Brown came back to the shop later that day, he did not rob it, Pollock explained — he stopped by to pick up the cigarillos he left hours before.

“There was some exchange, one thing, for another,” Brown’s mother, Lesley McSpadden, said in the scene. “These people know each other well that this is the relationship that they have.”

A lawyer for the convenience store rejected that account.

“There was no transaction,” Jay Kanzler told the New York Times.

“There was no understanding, no agreement. Those folks didn’t sell cigarillos for pot. The reason he gave it back is he was walking out the door with unpaid merchandise, and they wanted it back,” the attorney added.

The documentary also noted that Ferguson police reports confirmed the existence of the video and gave basic information about what it shows, but said nothing about a drug deal. The clip has never before been made public.

About 11 hours after Brown’s visit, he got into an altercation with Wilson as the officer responded to reports of a robbery. Within 90 seconds, Wilson shot and killed the unarmed teen.

Wilson said he got into a violent fight with Brown, and he was later absolved of criminal wrongdoing by a grand jury and a federal civil rights investigation.

Brown’s death led to weeks of violent protests in Ferguson and was one of the major events that fueled the Black Lives Matter campaign.

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