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Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson told reporters Friday that "the initial contact between" Michael Brown and the police officer who fatally shot him was not related to the alleged convenience store robbery committed nearby a short time earlier.
The officer approached Brown not because of the robbery, but "because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic," Jackson said.
A further description, with more details, was given over the radio and stated the suspect was walking towards another convenience store, QuickTrip.
originally posted by: bjarneorn
Oh my goodness ... this guys was AGGRESSIVE ... call the cops, have him shot dead immediately!
Oh WOW ... he's not just AGGRESSIVE ... he's an AGGRESSIVE NEGRO ... that's serious offense. Really serious ... no wonder the cops shot him dead. It's a federal OFFENSE in the US, to be AGGRESSIVE and BLACK.
But I bet Brown *Thought* the cop knew and I bet that is what started Brown's rage
Police admitted today that Officer Darren Wilson didn't know Michael Brown was a suspect in a robbery when he stopped the teen and subsequently shot him dead.
Chief Thomas Jackson said at a follow-up news conference on Friday that Wilson was simply in the area where the robbery took place in Ferguson, Missouri because he was responding to a separate 911 call.
Officer Wilson only stopped Brown and his friend Dorian Johnson because they were walking down the middle of the road and blocking traffic, the chief said.
When asked about the police's timing of releasing the robbery video along with the name of Officer Wilson today, the police chief said he did so because 'you asked for it' - referring to Freedom of Information requests from the media regarding the shooting. He added that he had 'sat on the video for as long as he could'.
originally posted by: AnteBellum
Thank you for posting the video.
I could be wrong but when Mr.Brown bent over to pick up something he 'looked' as if he was posturing aggressively or trying to say something to a women customer behind him. He may of just been startled but the outcome is not up to me anyway, if it even makes a difference(I'd just like to know what he said as a prosecutor).
The police still should have used non-lethal methods to apprehend him. The pentagon gave them all that equipment but forgot to include a Taser???
originally posted by: thesaneone
a reply to: xuenchen
Yup and I'm pretty sure the police were told to stand down no matter what, got to make it look like all was perfect.
originally posted by: LDragonFire
The officer who shot Ferguson teen Michael Brown stopped Brown and another teen because they were walking in the street, not because of a robbery a few minutes earlier, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said Friday afternoon.
Jackson said Michael Brown and Dorian Johnson were suspects in the robbery, but the officer wasn't aware of that. The officer, Darren Wilson, knew there had been a robbery but did not know that Brown and Johnson might be suspects.
"The initial contact between the officer and Mr. Brown was not related to the robbery," Jackson said in a news conference shortly after 2 p.m. "(The robbery) had nothing to do with the stop… They (Brown and Johnson) were walking down the street blocking traffic, that was it."
So the stop of Brown by the officer Was not related to the robbery. But jaywalking.
Also the reasons for releasing the video and reveal a investigation was over a freedom of information request.
Why wouldn't he just release it? Why hide it?
Asked by reporters why he released the tape, he said, "Because I had to. Too many people put in (freedom of information) requests for it."