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Ferguson Police Chief: Officer Who Shot Michael Brown Didn’t Know About Robbery

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Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson answers media questions on Friday, August 15. Photo: KMOX/Allison Blood

Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson answers media questions on Friday, August 15. Photo: KMOX/Allison Blood

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – In a press conference on Friday afternoon, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said the officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown last weekend was not aware of the robbery.

This morning, in addition to naming Darren Wilson as the officer who shot Brown, police revealed that Brown was a suspect in a convenience store robbery over a $48.99 box of cigars.

Jackson said the officer stopped Michael Brown because he and a friend were walking down the street blocking traffic.

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When asked why police released the surveillance video and robbery report if it was unrelated to the shooting, Jackson said they released it because of media requests.

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