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Robbery ‘not related’ to why Michael Brown was initially stopped by Ferguson police

What? What????

The unarmed black teen whose fatal shooting by police in a St. Louis suburb sparked violent protests was a suspect in a robbery moments before, but the deadly encounter was not sparked by the robbery, the city’s police chief said Friday.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson earlier Friday released documents alleging 18-year-old Michael Brown had been suspected of stealing a $48.99 box of cigars from a convenience store in a “strong-arm” robbery shortly before he was killed.

Jackson said at an afternoon press conference that Brown and his friend were stopped Saturday “because they were walking down the middle of the street blocking traffic.”

The robbery “was not related to the initial contact” between the officer and Brown, he said.

Which is the exact opposite of what they said this morning.

Dorian Johnson, the friend who was with Brown when he was shot and killed by a police officer over the weekend, reportedly confirmed that he and Brown had taken part in the theft of cigars from a convenience store that day. But police have determined that Johnson was not involved in the robbery and will not seek charges against him, Jackson said.

So the guy is confessing, and he’s probably on the security video, but they won’t bother to charge him as an accessory to shoplifting. What’s that, a $20 fine? No, it’s not worth it, not in this situation.

Police reports released Friday under an open-records request showed that at 11:51 a.m. on the day of the shooting, authorities received a 911 call reporting a robbery at the Ferguson Market. An unidentified officer was dispatched to the store, arriving within three minutes. The officer interviewed an employee and customer, who gave a description of a man who stole the cigars and walked off with another man toward a QuikTrip store.

Descriptions of the suspect were broadcast over the police radio. The officer did not find the suspects either on the street or at the Quik Trip, the reports said.

Separately, Wilson had been responding to a nearby call involving a sick 2-month child from 11:48 am until noon, when he left that place. A minute later, he encountered Michael Brown walking down Canfield Drive. The documents contained no description of what happened between Brown and Wilson.

OK, maybe the BOLO from the robbery had nothing to do with the later shooting. But still. There’s something wrong here. Something missing. Some large thing we aren’t hearing about. Something 100 times bigger than just walking in the middle of road. But this changing story from the po-po sure isn’t helping anyone. Anyone. It hurts everyone.

How fast can they get a toxicology screening back on all three of the people involved? Brown, Wilson, and Johnson. Was anyone high on PCP or meth? Got some ‘roid rage going on? There has to be some explanation. 


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 08/16/2014 at 01:44 AM   
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