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Attorney For Ferguson Market Explains Unseen Video Amid Protests

The released footage shows the bigger picture of what really happened to Mike Brown on August 9, 2014.

Tensions are high in Ferguson, Mo. after a longer version of the video capturing Mike Brown in a convenience store got out to the public.

Presented at South by Southwest by filmmakers of “Stranger Fruit”, the documentary about the fatal shooting that took the life of 18-year-old Brown, shows the bigger picture of what really happened on August 9, 2014. 

As Essence.com reported, the documentary asserts that Brown left the merchandise at Ferguson Market & Liquor to retrieve at a later point. When he returned, it led to the altercation and the established narrative that Brown had robbed the store. His fatal encounter with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson the took his life soon followed.

On Sunday protesters were in front of the store, demanding to know why the full video wasn’t released sooner. 

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“It’s the same video, it’s just the entire video,” says Ferguson Market & Liquor attorney, Jay Kanzler to news outlets and angry bystanders. “The entire video shows that the clerks threw the pot back to Michael Brown. Now what the filmmaker didn’t show was that. He made it seem like they kept the bag and that there was some transaction. There was no transaction and the full video that will be released tomorrow will show that.”

When asked by someone in the crowd why he didn’t push to release the video sooner, Kanzler shared where it had been.

“That video has been out there. Michael Brown’s family has had it, the other lawyers have it, the prosecutors have it— this isn’t new. It’s not ours to release. It doesn’t show anything… What it shows is that Michael Brown came in and put pot down on the counter and got it back, and then walked out.”


Late Sunday night unidentified shots were fired at the market, but no one was reported injured.