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

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Ferguson police say this image shows Michael Brown roughing up a convenience-store owner just prior to an officer shooting the suspect.
Ferguson police this morning released the name of the officer who shot and killed Michael Brown on Saturday. Darren Wilson is a six-year veteran of the Ferguson police force with a clean record, according to Chief Tom Jackson who delivered the long-awaited news at a press conference this morning in Ferguson. Jackson also told the 150-plus journalists at the scene that Michael Brown had been involved in a strong-arm robbery of a convenience store just before Wilson fatally shot him.

See also: Family of Michael Brown, Teenager Shot to Death By Ferguson Police, Talks About His Life

But which convenience store that was, police aren't saying. In a sixteen-page incident report about the robbery (viewable below), police whited-out the name of the store where Brown and his alleged accomplice, 22-year-old Dorian Johnson, are said to have stolen a box of Swisher Sweets cigars valued at $48.99. Ferguson police also struck from the record the names of other officers who responded to the robbery and the name of the store manager who tried to stop the alleged thieves before being pushed out of the way.

Surveillance photos, however, show a suspect that seems to match the identity of eighteen-year-old Michael Brown pushing the store manager as he exits the building.

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Michael Brown was wearing a similar outfit and Cardinals ball cap when he was shot minutes after this photo was taken.

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Police say that the suspect grabbed the store manager by the shirt and forcefully pushed him back before exiting the store with stolen cigars.
See also: Police Tear Gas Ferguson Residents in Their Own Back Yard

Although police have yet to release the name of the store that Brown and Johnson allegedly robbed, it's clear it was not the QuikTrip on West Florissant Avenue that looters burned down Sunday night in anger over Brown's killing.

In the incident report, police say the store manager pointed "up W. Florissant toward QuickTrip" and said, 'He went that way.'"

The robbery occurred August 9 between 11:52 and 11:54 a.m. Officer Wilson later encountered Brown and Johnson at 12:01 p.m. in the 2900 block of Canfield Drive. Brown lay on the street dead from gunshot wounds moments later. Police have said that Brown physically accosted Wilson and tried to get the officer's service revolver before being shot.

See all Riverfront Times coverage of Michael Brown and Ferguson.

News of Brown's involvement in a robbery just prior to his killing did not sit well with several community members who attended this morning's press conference on the site burned-down QuikTrip. After a visibly shaking Chief Jackson delivered his brief remarks, several residents shouted out their suspicions about this latest wrinkle to the case that has brought international attention to Ferguson.

"Why you just coming out with this robbery stuff now?!" screamed one woman. "Where was that days ago?"

Continue on to view the full robbery incident report.


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Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

Can't wait to hear from this clerk. That boy was a bully. And Dorian is there with him. Who believes all of his story now? Toxicology should be interesting too. If the cop shot too many times with no justification let him be punished. However, I can't see a teenager wrestling with a cop thru the car window but Brown was, as several people have reported. Then what is the key question.. I hope some pastor's sermon tomorrow is living by the sword and dying by. If you continue to live that type of life something tragic is going to happen regardless of how it happens.

Genia Ackworth
Genia Ackworth

8 rounds? I didn't know the coroner's report was released already.

Dana Wright
Dana Wright

What is sad is our President had for the 2nd or 3rd time tried to play out a trial of guilty because he thinks so in the public forum instead of letting the court make a decision. Then when the court does make a decision. . Right or wrong. . He feels he needs to convict the person in his public opinion. I thought that is why we handed a trial by a court of law and not a public hanging by a mob.

Dana Wright
Dana Wright

Maybe the chief of police feels like a lot of people do when Anything they say cam and will be used against them even if he's telling the truth. It's just like politics in corporate America the card is played all the time which is frustrating when your trying to find

AJ Roach
AJ Roach

Michael Keller, you are an unstable psychopath. Seek help.

sybil10
sybil10

Sound like Michael Brown had a self-fulfilled prophesy:  Lyrics to his rap music: The rest of it is too vulgar to post.


"I’ll be counting money by myself

I’m a rich nigga so I got that wealth
I fuc* three [???]  hos by myself
While I’m smoking on this [!?!?]

When the sun goes down
You in trouble now


This song references someone having intercourse with “niggas” who don’t really care about her and take her paycheck.

Smoking on this dope, till I choke
Motherfu**kers
Motherfu**ker, fu** you and your opinions

Do you do smoke weed, keep doing what you do best

I’m smoking purple
I roll fat blunts they look just like my thumb

With this Glock in your face
And you betta not make a sound
And I only like white men on my money [???]
Those who are last shall be first,
Whites on the bottom

He musta walked up and unloaded because there was no stopping him
Somebody else layin’ across the street, must be his partner
Damn."

Mona Becker
Mona Becker

Sweet Baby Jesus !! Will someone make the chief of police of Ferguson shut his mouth. This person is clearly not mentally equipped for this job. The whole world is laughing at him. Every time he opens his mouth, he makes things worse.

Jim Lilley
Jim Lilley

Looks like he was in the habit of getting his way with people. Tried it with the cop and lost this time. A cops gun is harder to steel than a pack of cigars from a store clerk.

Valerie Joy Muti
Valerie Joy Muti

I'm thinking he was hit, then tried to surrender. He was shot AT multiple times. Coroner won't release details until all statements are in. Good call.

Jay Hemp
Jay Hemp

Looks like he liked to throw his weight around, so clearly that justifies him being gunned down by some cop in some if those commenting here. Unless you are part of the Taliban (American or otherwise) the punishment for stealing cigars isn't death.

Michael J Keller
Michael J Keller

This is just one more angle on the subject: I was talking to a friend about the death of another mutual friend. She was 50 yrs. old and weighed 550 lbs. (That's not a typo. ) My friend - in all honesty and seriousness asked me, "What caused her death? How did she die?" My response to him: "I would be willing to place a wager that her cause of death wasn't from a pole vaulting accident! " C'mon. Move your brains laterally. It'll take some work, but I know you can do it! I'm guessing that Michael Brown didn't die from a cop busting down the door of his college dorm and shooting him in the head while he was studying for his Doctorate in the Divinity - no??? Alright then. Stop your ignorance.

mrtla691
mrtla691

Things like this always come back to bit you.  Mike grab the store clerk by the neck  the cop grab Mike be the neck.  lol Karma. 

Eric Farlow
Eric Farlow

I'm cool with waiting for an autopsy, but the point is that he wasn't killed anywhere near the car where the alleged confrontation took place.

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

The original witnesses said the kid was shot 17 to 20 times. Let's see how much we can really trust those witnesses.

David Marcus
David Marcus

...just sayin: the officer who stopped him was called away from what he was doing because of the robbery. So if those guys had paid for their blunts the officer wouldn't have been anywhere near them.

Josh Benoist
Josh Benoist

The cop who stopped mike brown may have not knew about the robbery. So when mike brown was stopped by the cop mike probably thought the cop was going to arrest him for the robbery even though the cop knew nothing! I think mike played a huge roll in his own death!!!! If he would have not robbed he wouldn't have been paranoid when the cop stopped him. I dont have any sympathy,or empathy for criminals....Never will

David Marcus
David Marcus

Wow....just wow. He got stopped over cigars. He got killed over assaulting a police officer. Or did the officer have to go to the hospital with injuries sustained when he swerved his car to hit them?

Carol Pruden
Carol Pruden

No one said Brown was innocent, he dint have to doe, over kill

Carol Pruden
Carol Pruden

Michael, the boy dint deserve to die, taser? The cop grabbed him, then shit hit the fan, cops our to willing to kill, why not mame, taser, I DO NOT TRUST POLICE ANYMOE

Jeremy Yeager
Jeremy Yeager

I'm going to go out on a limb here a propose something so crazy, it may break the internet...so hang in here and try to wrap your head around it...maybe...and I mean just possibly...the fascists police...are telling the truth?!?! Whoa, just blew some minds there!

Zach Bullock
Zach Bullock

Do the words "stop or I'll shoot" not mean stop or I will shoot you anymore?

Jill Marciano
Jill Marciano

Im sure the officer had reason to shot the boy but not to shot him multiple times. Apparently michael was not as innocent as everyone is saying and that maybe the point of releasing the video cause here I was thinking this boy was a good boy well he wasn't, he felt he was big enough to push and steal. You all want the truth till it doesn't suit you. Michael is just another thug out on the street causing trouble. I still dont agree that the officer had the right to shot him to his death though.

Valerie Presley
Valerie Presley

Now please Michael G barlos tell me where what I said means I know everything? The dude said what teenager smokes cigars... I replied most ppl use the paper to roll blunts. Also I stated in reply to some else about everyone wearing cameras that not everyone who keep the videos especially if they are criminals. But if a cop wore it it would be part of their job so they couldn't just delete the videos. Never once did I say he should have been shot over cigar papers. I don't know all the facts so I keep my mouth shut about what happen. And yes what happened sucks but again I don't know the facts. But also some kid being shot does not mean stores need to set on fire and crap stolen and vandalized.

Valerie Presley
Valerie Presley

Never claimed to know everything. We don't even know all the facts. I was just stating the most people use those to roll blunts. What's wrong with stating that?

Michael G. Barlos
Michael G. Barlos

So what? He gets killed over cigars? Or does he get killed for walking in the middle of a residential street? No one should get killed for defending himself against a brutal fuzz. No fuzz should grab at someone for walking in the street. The only vehicle they were in danger of getting hit by was the fuzz SUV as that was almost what happened.

lmg55
lmg55

It was robbery, assault and battery. Brown was definitely not a gentle giant. His actions just minutes before his death make the cop's story more believable. Maybe Brown really was attacking the cop the way he did the store clerk. And maybe Brown thought he was being stopped for the robbery and panicked, which made the cop react and panic.

BUT, I find it hard to believe that Brown tried to grab the cop's gun. That's suicidal. Is it possible that Brown was trying to hide the cigars and the cop thought he was pulling out a gun? The cop should have been trained well enough to not shoot an unarmed person, but maybe he panicked. Sounds like it all happened quickly. In any case, if Brown was shot in the back or when his hands were in the air, the cop is guilty of murder.

If the cop shot before Brown surrendered but thought Brown was pulling a gun on him, it's still homicide but probably manslaughter. Hopefully the coroner's report can clear things up.

Unfortunately, there may never be certainty.

sybil10
sybil10

All of those street witnesses should take a polygraph.  Go on case.net and look at the other robber's (Michael's buddy) rap sheet.

sybil10
sybil10

Interesting word "initial".

la la lori
la la lori

So you're saying every person that commits a crime should be shot repeatedly? Why couldn't this officer shoot him in the leg or the foot more than once? There's no excuse for shooting a kid that many times.

sybil10
sybil10

It does look like a street MO.  Maybe off topic here but Trevon Martin stopped in a c-mart the night he was shot to buy a cigar and the clerk wouldn't sell him one.  He bought some skittles and a bottle of NyQuil-from what I do know in the drug culture this is used to make some cocktail to get high.

jaco1175
jaco1175 topcommenter

@la la lori La La is a good name for you, since you live in lala land and all.

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