FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) – St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch says a documentary film crew heavily edited store surveillance video footage of Michael Brown in the early hours of the day he was fatally shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri.
At a news conference Monday, McCulloch dismissed the footage from the documentary “Stranger Fruit.” Filmmakers and others say the video suggests Brown, a black 18-year-old, didn’t rob a convenience store before a white Ferguson officer, Darren Wilson, shot him on a neighborhood street in August 2014.
The footage shows Brown inside Ferguson Market & Liquor in the early hours of Aug. 9, 2014, leaving behind cigarillos he was later accused of stealing. The filmmakers allege Brown traded marijuana for the cigarillos in the footage shown in the documentary.
McCulloch says there was never an attempt to hide this footage from the public. He says references to this visit by Brown to the store were in the report released in November 2014 when a St. Louis County grand jury declined to charge Wilson in Brown’s shooting.