A never-before-seen video sheds new light on the Michael Brown case and suggests he did not rob a convenience store as had previously been thought, but instead had been involved in a drug deal with the clerks.
Filmmaker Jason Pollock obtained a copy of the clip and shared it with the New York Times Saturday as part of a preview for his new documentary about the case, titled Stranger Fruit.
The video shows Brown 11 hours before he was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The 18-year-old can be seen visiting the same convenience store, Ferguson Market and Liquor, around 1am on the day he later died.
County police spokesman Sergeant Shawn McGuire told the newspaper the video hadn’t been released until now because the footage was not relevant to the investigation.
McGuire later told the DailyMail.com: ‘The incident is still irrelevant to our investigation because our department investigated the encounter between Michael brown and Darren Wilson.’
Brown appears to be giving a small bag, which according to Pollock contained marijuana, to the employees, who in turn give him two boxes of cigarillos. The teenager starts to walk away with the cigarillos inside a bag, but comes back and gives them back to one of the clerks, who puts the bag behind the counter.