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Lawyer, NAACP Say Newly Released Recording Captures Audio of Michael Brown Shooting [UPDATE]

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Jessica Lussenhop
The site of the shooting on Canfield Drive.

Updated 8/28/14 12:50 p.m.: A statement from the makers of the app which recorded the original video say they have authenticated the tape. Click through for the full release.

A newly discovered snippet of video from an unnamed Canfield Green resident allegedly contains audio of the gunfire that killed eighteen-year-old Michael Brown. Much has been made already about the number of shots heard -- about ten or eleven -- and the pause between the volleys, though the tape has not yet been declared authentic by the FBI or the St. Louis County Police Department.

However, Adolphus Pruitt, president of the local St. Louis NAACP chapter, says he believes the audio is the real deal. He says his office has acted as a liaison between the witnesses who are afraid to come forward for fear of retribution and the FBI agents investigating the case. That's how he met the man who made the tape as well as his lawyer, Lopa Blumenthal.

"I met at the attorney's office, and they played it and gave us a copy of our records," Pruitt says. "I'm convinced."

Read our complete coverage on Michael Brown and Ferguson here.

The video was purportedly shot around noon on August 9, when Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Brown. CNN obtained the tape first and aired it yesterday -- listen here:

Pruitt says the recording was made with the video-texting app Glide. One of the reasons he says he believes the recording to be authentic is that the app automatically time stamps each entry, and the date, time and location of the man's apartment where the video was made seem to add up.

Updated: The makers of Glide have authenticated the tape. Here's the statement we received from spokesman Chaim Haas (emphasis ours):

While tragedy is never good news, and our hearts go out to the family of Michael Brown, this incident underscores how technology is changing the landscape of not only journalism, but also criminology.

A Glide user living nearby (whose identity is being protected) was simply using the Glide app on their smartphone exactly as it was designed -- to instantly communicate with a friend through our real-time video texting service. Simultaneously, they also captured audio in the background of the gunshots allegedly fired at Michael Brown.

Because Glide is the only messaging application using streaming video technology, each message is simultaneously recorded and transmitted, so the exact time can be verified to the second. In this case, the video in question was created at 12:02:14 PM CDT on Saturday, August 9th.

We commend this Glide user for turning their Glide video message over to FBI investigators as possible evidence in this ongoing investigation.

Original post follows:

"Our concern is: What was the pause? What occurred during the pause, what was going through the officer's mind in the pause," says Pruitt. "One, was there an ability for assessment and contemplation, and two, the fact that [Brown] was only hit six times and there was ten shots within this volley. What was going on? Where did those other shots go?"

For Brown's family, the pause is also significant. According to Brown's cousin Eric Davis, news of the tape's existence also shattered any hope of finding relative peace the day after the teenager's burial.

"He paused for about three to four seconds. I'm assuming that's when Michael went down on his hands," says Davis. "It's quite disturbing."

The FBI would not comment on any aspect of the investigation, and while county police spokesman Brian Schellman acknowledges that his office was aware of the tape, he would not comment on its authenticity.

Daily RFT was unable to reach Blumenthal yesterday, but she allowed reporters from the Post-Dispatch to actually watch the Glide video as well as hear the audio.

Daily RFT also reached out to the makers of the Glide app. Spokesman Chaim Haas would not comment on the authenticity of the video, but wanted to clarify what the app itself is. Though the man in the tape clearly seems to be talking to a love interest, Glide is not a dating app, rather it's like a "video walkie-talkie." Users have to be friends to send video messages back and forth, which are transmitted instantly and watched in almost real time. All messages are stored in the cloud until a user deletes them. Though the company is based in Jerusalem, it has nearly 10 million stateside users, many of whom are young and "urban," Haas says.

Pruitt says the man who made the video wants to remain anonymous for many reasons, from the desire to avoid media scrutiny to a fear of retribution.

"I'm confident there have been death threats against both sides of this issue," he says. "What witness wants to be the subject of death threats?"

Here's CNN's full, original report, and we'll update as we learn more.

Email the author at Jessica.Lussenhop@RiverfrontTimes.com.


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didarulislam234
didarulislam234

Brandon Cremeens is right on point. People need to learn to educate themselves before running their mouth and becoming armchair activists. Know your rights and know the rights of others.

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Il Capo Dei Capi
Il Capo Dei Capi

WOW WHAT A DISCOVERY, SHOTS WERE FIRED. Tell us something we didn't know.

Mikey Bones
Mikey Bones

No I'm taking about the other witnesses? But what was he an accomplice to? The store owner says that there was no robbery. ... lol

Mikey Bones
Mikey Bones

Janet Smith sorry I have swipe text my phone mispells for me all the time. How are gonna bring up Zimmerman? He wasn't the victim. Trayvon was and you people had no problem bringing up his past.

Duell Lauderdale
Duell Lauderdale

Oh you mean his accomplice friend, who has already been caught lying about other details?

Duell Lauderdale
Duell Lauderdale

If you were scared for your life how many shots would you fire?

hdcowboy
hdcowboy

@RiverfrontTimes The pause supports the story of altercation and shots in the car followed by separation then double back attack as claimed.

Mary E Kaufmann
Mary E Kaufmann

BS - Stop glammarizing MB a know thug. #PODarrenWilsonIsInnocent #MBFamilySeekingFameAndGloryandMoney

Jason M Parker
Jason M Parker

So was the video on YouTube that has someone saying they say him rush the cop. Both are equally as useful

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Some for some reason are afraid of the truth. They need to keep the lie alive. The lie being white cops shoot black kids all the time. That is just not true. They believe it yet if you ask them to give you names of victims they go blank.

Janet Smith
Janet Smith

Why was it ok to drag up Mr Zimmerman's past but not ok to drag up Mr Brown's past? Mikey Bones, you claim to read on a higher level but you still don't know when to use 'you're'. I guess that is why you went to the Art Institute instead of a real school.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Relevance would be a history of aggression and violence. So yes. That should be put into evidence if it's possible.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Someone explain to me why most here are afraid of the truth coming out ? In time it all will so it's going to rain on your parade if you deny the truth whatever that is.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Why is everyone afraid of the truth ? That is beyond comprehension. Just wait boys and girls. It will all come out.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

There are several law suits involved in releasing them. Not being a lawyer I don't even know if that's possible legally. The only thing I can think is that brown is deceased and that changes things.

sweetliberty17761776
sweetliberty17761776 topcommenter

Whites have been taught that blacks have a "right" to revenge ( disguised as justice) 


whites have been taught that if they travel in groups ( in the racial context) would of course be a white power thing and is wrong to do


etc etc


how to speak what words to use how words that dont mean anything wrong could be thought to be wrong

fear lawsuits when hiring or firing etc etc


iNSTEAD OF TREATING BLACKS FAIRLY AND WITH EQUALITY THE LEFTISTS HAVE CREATED 


A "FERGUSON" to occur and re-occur 


B/c the Dems promote welfare and are in charge of public education


all huge institutions meant to control blacks under that smily friendly "progressive" banner


I mean Al freakn Sharpton spoke out to blacks at the Eulogy


Charles Rangel called out Biden 


the Clintons were just called out by hardcore lefty Mark Lemont on cnn


Dem stratagist Bob Beckel , the same


YOU LEFTISTS ,,, the gop are a bunch of inept idiots, true



BUT BLACKS ARE STARTING TO CALL YOU OUT!!!!!!!

Mikey Bones
Mikey Bones

The previous crime doesn't even exist as far as anyone knows. It is just a right wing smear campaign. If he had been charged with 2nd degree murder the case would not be sealed since most likely he would have been charged as an adult.

Mikey Bones
Mikey Bones

None of you people know that BROWN rushed the cop. In fact all the witnesses say otherwise.

Graeme Glasgow
Graeme Glasgow

Burt Baqur the previous crime means everything in what occurred. If i need to explain to you why, do us all a favor and quick talking

Kara Lorraine
Kara Lorraine

This wins most ignorant and worst grammatical comment ever.

Michael Tucker
Michael Tucker

Holy crap. I'm always in disbelief when idiots like Scott rear their ugly bullshit.

JImFesta1
JImFesta1

@JWVU00 @2_Synnseer I can play a sound clip off my computer too and send a message and have it authenticated.. Proves nothing

Cest Lavie Boheme
Cest Lavie Boheme

Where is your source on Brown's juvenile record? Please post.

Burt Baqur
Burt Baqur

It'd be like you being on trial for armed robbery and the prosecutor bringing up your unpaid parking tickets and speeding violations.

Burt Baqur
Burt Baqur

The whole "he was not an angel" defense of racist people wanting so badly to prove MB was not a good person is the most ignorant logic ever. No it's not motive, because in the country you love so much, every past incident is irrelevant to a case, unless it is directly related to the investigation of the isolated case.

Burt Baqur
Burt Baqur

What does any past offense have to do with anything? Even if it were true, it does not justify anything about the murder investigation. I

Mikey Bones
Mikey Bones

You say you want the truth so what does the truth about his father have to do with whether a murder was committed or not? The only truth you want is truth to back up your racist assumptions. Right?

Jen Kotenok Storace
Jen Kotenok Storace

Somebody was probably in the other room playing grand theft auto and it's not even real gunfire.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

I highly I doubt that. Back to the point. The truth will come out.

Stephanie Hafertepe
Stephanie Hafertepe

Who cares????Never a question tht shots were fired.So if too many shots were fired....mayb someone else was shooting to???one of Browns gang?Butt to me Id think it supports cops story....he shot....told kid freeze.....kid started toward him....he shot more?????

Mikey Bones
Mikey Bones

I read on a higher level than you I'm sure.

Scott Shoemaker
Scott Shoemaker

Did you know the father has a warrant for outstanding child support ?

thesailingblaze
thesailingblaze

Well it's good to know Burt that if Wilson is shown to have a past history of racism you'll be the first to insist such a history is 'irrelevant'.

JC11
JC11

You mean like Joe Walsh?

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