A New Michael Brown Video Has Exploded Onto the Scene — And Instantly There Were Gunshots in Ferguson

At the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, Director Jason Pollock debuted his film “Stranger Fruit.”

Pollock is a colleague of filmmaker Michael Moore, who repeatedly praised the film on his Twitter:

According to CNN, the film showcases previously unreleased footage that may show Michael Brown did not rob a convenience store before being stopped and killed by police in 2014.

Pollock’s film argues that Brown engaged in an exchange of marijuana for cigarillos with the clerks of the convenience store — not a robbery. He told CNN:

“What this video shows is that (police) lied to the world about what happened. They wanted to make Mike look bad, so they put out half a video to destroy his character in his death.”

In the same interview, Brown’s father claimed that had the police released all the footage, riots may have been able to be prevented.

However, the new footage seemed to stir up old emotions and led to about 100 protesters gathering at the store on Sunday night.

CNN reported that shortly after 11 p.m., gunfire erupted, although no one was injured.

The store’s attorney Jay Kanzler spoke to protesters before retreating into the store to meet with his clients.

In a video by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Kanzler claimed the video was edited and said:

“The filmmaker made it seem like they kept the bag and there was some transaction. There was no transaction.”

When prompted by the crowd as to why the video wasn’t released earlier, he said:

“That video has been out there. Michael Brown’s family has it; the other lawyers have it; the prosecutors have it. This is nothing new. It doesn’t show anything.”

Kanzler was escorted inside by police a few seconds later, after a man who was seemingly unpleased with his answers said, “Get the f*ck out of my face before I beat your a**.”

During an interview with New York Daily News, the store’s attorney again defended his clients and said:

“The clerks gave back the marijuana — or whatever is in the bag. You can’t have a drug transaction, as implied by the documentary, if you don’t have a transaction.”

The “Stranger Fruit” footage, which was shared by the New York Times, showed a clerk sniffing a bag that Brown had placed on the counter. Pollock noted it wasn’t the first time either. He called the convenience store “shady” and claimed that people in the community told him you can “buy weed” there.

Kanzler agreed that a bag was put on the counter but dispelled the accusation that his clients engaged in immoral behaviors. He told the Daily News:

“What was thrown up on the counter looked and smelled like marijuana, according to my clients, but they didn’t keep it. They didn’t want to take marijuana for merchandise.”

Officer Darren Wilson was cleared of any wrongdoing, although he did eventually resign from the police force. The authenticity of the video has not yet been confirmed by the St. Louis County police department.

Spokesman Sgt. Shawn McGuire told ABC the footage won’t make any difference because the investigation is about the interaction between Wilson and Brown, not Brown and the convenience store.

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