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Lawyer: Cops Try to Justify Teen’s Shooting Death

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Attorney Benjamin L. Crump speaks to the media during a press conference regarding the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at Jennings Mason Temple Church of God In Christ, on August 11, 2014 in Jennings, Missouri. The fatal shooting by police of the unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked outrage in the community and set off civil unrest including looting and vandalism. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

Attorney Benjamin L. Crump speaks to the media during a press conference regarding the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at Jennings Mason Temple Church of God In Christ, on August 11, 2014 in Jennings, Missouri. The fatal shooting by police of the unarmed teen in Ferguson, Missouri has sparked outrage in the community and set off civil unrest including looting and vandalism. (Photo by Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images)

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FERGUSON, Mo. (AP) - The attorney for the family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by a police officer in a St. Louis suburb says police are trying to assassinate the victim’s character by saying he committed a robbery that day.

Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson on Friday identified Darren Wilson as the officer who shot 18-year-old Michael Brown last Saturday.

Jackson at the same time released documents saying Brown was suspected of stealing a box of cigars shortly before he was killed.

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The attorney, Benjamin Crump, says Brown’s parents are “incensed” by what he calls “the old game of smoke and mirrors.” He says the family was blind-sided by Friday’s announcement.

Crump says “it’s bad enough they assassinated him, and now they’re trying to assassinate his character.”

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