Brown’s Family Upset About Release of Surveillance Video
FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – The family of Michael Brown is upset with Ferguson police for releasing a video allegedly showing Michael Brown stealing cigars from a convenience store.
Ferguson police chief Tom Jackson defended his release of surveillance video. The family’s attorney, Daryl Parks, said the release of the video seems strategic.
“We believe that he strategically did that to assassinate the character of Michael Brown,” Parks said of Jackson said during a news conference Friday.
While the family says the tape was meant to degrade Brown’s character, or give some justification to the shooting, Jackson told reporters he only released the tape because he had to.
“Cause you asked for it. You asked for it – I held it for as long as I could,” he told reporters Friday afternoon.
Jackson said Brown was not stopped because he was a robbery suspect, but because he was standing in the middle of the street blocking traffic. He said the officer involved in the shooting, Darren Wilson, whose name was released Friday morning, didn’t know Brown was a robbery suspect.
Police say they won’t release any details about what happened between the time Brown was stopped and when he was shot.
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