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Ferguson Officer Stopped Michael Brown for Walking in Street, Not Robbery: Police Chief [UPDATE]

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Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson releases information about the officer who shot Michael Brown and a related robbery.
Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson first stopped Michael Brown on August 9 because he was walking in the street, not because Brown allegedly robbed a box of Swisher Sweets from a convenience store.

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson released security-camera footage on Friday of Michael Brown allegedly robbing a box of Swisher Sweets from a convenience store at the same time that he named Wilson as the officer who shot Brown.

The dual release -- along with the timeline provided by Jackson -- seemed to imply Wilson knew Brown was a robbery suspect when he stopped him. Six hours after releasing the robbery information, Jackson clarified that the robbery isn't directly related to the reason Wilson stopped Brown.

"[Wilson's] initial contact [with Brown] was not related to the robbery," Jackson said. "It was related to blocking the road."

UPDATE 4:33 p.m.: Jackson tells the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that Wilson saw the cigars in Brown's hands and suspected him of being the robber.

But now even that is up for debate:


So why did Jackson release the robbery information at the same time as Wilson's name?

"Because the press asked for it," Jackson said. "We needed to release that at the same time so that we could keep open and give you all the information we have. I don't think there's anything else to give out."

See also: Michael Brown Police Report: Photos Suggest Robbery Beforehand, Limited Other Details

Brown's family and Ferguson residents say they're furious over the police department's timing.

"Michael Brown's family is beyond outraged at the devious way the police chief has chosen to disseminate piecemeal information in a manner intended to assassinate the character of their son, following such a brutal assassination of his person in broad daylight," the family said in a statement released by lawyers. "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."

The officer newly in charge of police security in Ferguson, Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson, says he wished Jackson had alerted him that he planned to release the information this morning.

"I think that information should have come out in a different way," Johnson said.
At a press conference, Ferguson neighbors demanded to know why the information was released at once, calling Jackson's methods "disgusting."

"They're getting cynical, they're getting angry again," one woman told Johnson.

See all Riverfront Times coverage of Michael Brown and Ferguson.

Jackson later apologized for the "communications breakdown," and said he should have alerted Johnson.

Johnson reassured neighbors that he would study the information released by Jackson and discuss it with them at the QuikTrip in Ferguson.

"This is an old wound," Johnson said about the strain between neighbors and police. "It's time to stop saying this is an old wound and get it closed for good."

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

It's hard to imagine Darian and his lawyer getting together to make up a story that might blow back in their face the next day. So far, everything is lining up. Why would you believe the officer? We know almost nothing about him other than Ferguson never called in the shooting to dispatch... believe no one?

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Why would you not believe Darian? He went on record, told about the theft, went on record before knowing if/what other witnesses might come forward or if a video existed... Many times prosecutors use someone involved in serious crimes to testify against their accomplices, their testimony is credible...

Thee Lovingcup
Thee Lovingcup

Scott Shoemaker just made himself lose all credibility.

gmanbmanshow
gmanbmanshow

He was a thief and he physically threatened a hard working clerk and he is now dead!!!  HOORAY!!!!!!!

gmanbmanshow
gmanbmanshow

What was he doing walking in the street?  I will tell you. He was an eighteen year old THUG that just robbed a store and choked the HARD WORKING clerk and then was acting like a bad ass!!  KARMA IS A BITCH!!

Ahmed Gamal
Ahmed Gamal

#michael_brown is a hero >>our sympathy with the free americans how stood against the Tyranny off the militias of obama where are human rights watch????? egyptians love the american citizens and we wish u all the best >> egyptian #Human_Rights_Watch_are_liars

Coy Ritter
Coy Ritter

I don't think people get how expensive those cameras are. A small department like Ferguson will have a hard time coming up with cash to pay for those cameras. Most departments, though, find that the expense is worth it because it holds dirty cops accountable and vindicates good cops. Even the audio of the incident would go far toward conclusively showing what happened.

sctchopper1
sctchopper1

There is profiling because these little thug bastards wear gang related clothing you idiots.  There is a reason cops fuck with them.  They are thugs who go around robbing innocent people and bully people because they have a weapon.  They are not hard to spot.  Those kids make it known they are gang bangers.  The looting is just an excuse for these losers to take advantage of the situation.  They don't care about the kid and there family.  Just a bunch of d bags looting because they are low life bastards.  Come to my property ..I DARE YOU. 

sctchopper1
sctchopper1

The Kid was a bully and he bullied the wrong guy.  Just that simple.  He was obviously a thug and a thief.  That is what happens to gang bangers.  That cop was defending himself.  If a thug tries to bully me, he is gonna get the same thing.  It is up to the parents to teach kids respect.  Blame it on them.

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

I've counted four times the Ferguson PD has changed their story. AND STILL WAITING FOR AN EXPLANATION WHY THEY LET THE OFFICER DRIVE OFF IN HIS PATROL VEHICLE???? Big fat lying liars and the lying liars that tell lies. In not ONE aspect of this case have Ferguson PD followed the law or protocol. Officer Wilson should have been held at the scene to be interviewed, vehicle should have been kept at the scene if the initial story was true -- "shot fired inside vehicle" -- and it is absolutely ILLEGAL to withhold autopsy results from the family. Not too mention withholding the videotape. (The store owner did not call 911 about the theft of a few cigarillos, a customer did.) In addition to the immediate removal of Jackson, we need to demand McCulloch be removed from office. The worst lawbreakers and thugs are the police and St. Louis County prosecutor.

Connie Conley
Connie Conley

At the end of the day that was someone child could of been my child or your child WOW people say whatever this was a young man that had a future his mother and father will never get a chance to see his future sad but all people have to say is what this young man suppose to have done my heart goes out to his family

Shug Goodlow
Shug Goodlow

So let me get this straight. If you have a son and he's "a bully" and was allegedly involved in a robbery without a weapon, then it's ok for the police to shoot him down in the street multiple times and then just say he "got what he deserved." Now is this treatment to be reserved only for black "bullies" or does it apply to your sons as well? Stop and think how you would feel if the same thing happened to your son. Do you mean to tell me you wouldn't be outraged? Well I've got news for all you judgemental hard-hearted poor excuses for human beings. WE LOVE OUR SONS TOO...AND WE DON'T WANT TO SEE THEM LAYING IN THE STREET SHOT DEAD BY THE POLICE OR ANYONE ELSE.

ncrmwll
ncrmwll

@RiverfrontTimes if he is an officer from Jennings Police Department how can you stop someone Ferguson is out of his jurisdiction

HappyDreamer_21
HappyDreamer_21

@Lara_Hamdan honestly the cop I'm sure saved more lives then the one he took. The part of the system they are trying to change i don't think

Valerie Joy Muti
Valerie Joy Muti

Whatever happened to being a decent human being and not a bully?

Valerie Joy Muti
Valerie Joy Muti

Yason is an idiot listening to rumors like a great deal of people on here. And to be wrong is out of the question. I pity the person trying to save face...

Valerie Joy Muti
Valerie Joy Muti

He was a bully! You don't have to assassinate his character. His character commited suicide on that footage.

Denise Robinson-Washington
Denise Robinson-Washington

Word is circulating that the child killer has left town with his family. That's why the chief was pussyfooting around all week. Had to get his boy out of town.

Valerie Joy Muti
Valerie Joy Muti

All that to summarize that if an officer is scared, which he was right to be, may shoot in self defense. In which case he was correct in doing so. The court will have the final say IF charges are even brought about.

Jack Michaels
Jack Michaels

I wonder what robin Williams would have thought of this. Nanu nanu

Mary Ann O'Mara Kemper
Mary Ann O'Mara Kemper

How does "get out of the streets" tell himanything? For the COPS it's going to show Brown's frame of mind! Being he thought he was in trouble!!!!

mo_rich
mo_rich

If my 17 yo son acted like Mike Brown, robbing a store, assaulting the owner, disobeying a command to stop walking down the center of the street, then attempting to assault the officer then yes, I would expect my son to be shot at. That's the difference between white parenting and black parenting. When our kids break the laws we expect them to suffer consequences. We don't go on and on about what angels they are. It's called toughlove and it makes them better people in the long run.

Lara_Hamdan
Lara_Hamdan

@HappyDreamer_21 common. I'm not afraid of the police and I will never hate them. But there are some thing that they can improve on.

Lara_Hamdan
Lara_Hamdan

@HappyDreamer_21 I'm the first one to get pissed at anybody saying "Fuck the Police". But racial profiling and brutality has become way to

HappyDreamer_21
HappyDreamer_21

@Lara_Hamdan it's annoying. My thing is yes it happen and continue to protest but leave this boys case alone you he can have his services

HappyDreamer_21
HappyDreamer_21

@Lara_Hamdan yeah. Cops are people too you're always gonna have something to improve on but they are taking this case too far

Lara_Hamdan
Lara_Hamdan

@HappyDreamer_21 they're people specifically trained to act a certain way in certain situations. And it's better to act now, rather than

HappyDreamer_21
HappyDreamer_21

@Lara_Hamdan act now but there is no need to act to the point of making national news and protesting to the point to were people feel unsafe

Lara_Hamdan
Lara_Hamdan

@HappyDreamer_21 people didn't feel safe during the civil rights movement, doesn't mean it should've never happened.

HappyDreamer_21
HappyDreamer_21

@Lara_Hamdan I mean yeah no problem, I respect your opinion and I think everything you're saying is fine it's just I feel people are doing

Lara_Hamdan
Lara_Hamdan

@HappyDreamer_21 I wasn't comparing the two movements that way. I was just pointing out that they both had something to do with injustice.

HappyDreamer_21
HappyDreamer_21

@Lara_Hamdan the change would literally be for people peace if mind and comfort. So protest all you want but keep others in mind

HappyDreamer_21
HappyDreamer_21

@Lara_Hamdan exactly. People protested things were changed and yet we still have injustice today for racial profiling.

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